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A challenge to all garage salers in Island Lakes

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Hey, garage sale holders in Island Lakes — you’ve been challenged to donate the proceeds of your sales to the less fortunate.

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Everything happens for a reason. My next story wasn’t due for another two or three weeks. I had already planned on discussing the Hu-Massive Island Lakes Community Garage Sale which happens annually, the weekend after the Labour Day long weekend. This year it is Sat., Sept. 7, 2013.

I usually have a garage sale early every season so I can get rid of old stuff and make room to bring home more treasures during the Island Lake Community Garage Sale.

Lindsey Wilson, Island Lakes Residents’ Committee chairperson, says the first annual sale was held in 1998. For the first two years it was actually a Saturday/Sunday event. The ILRC no longer promotes it but is happy to see that residents have continued the event.

This past weekend, my garage sales weren’t successful — more like mediocre. The intent is never really to make money, but to creatively get rid of stuff. I promised my husband that I would go through the stacked boxes in the garage and donate half,  and then sell the larger ticket items on Kijiji.

Then I remembered that many years ago, when I was living in my old neighbourhood, a house fire took away everything one young family with two boys had owned. At the time, I felt compelled to give them towels and drinking glasses to start and rebuild.

So I Googled to see if donations to those in need can be made and, shockingly, as generous as Winnipeggers are, I found nothing of the sort.

So, I thought I’d throw out a challenge for anyone having a sale during the annual Island Lakes Community Garage Sale.

If you make money, donate it to the victims of the Calgary flood, or another local charity that needs assistance.

Better yet, if you have household goods and clothing left over, let’s see if we can get it to people who can use it in Winnipeg or Calgary. There must be a way we can help our fellow Canadians and fellow Winnipeggers.

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