Garage sales are known to be fruitful for those who put in the hard work of sorting their junk, cleaning it up, and — hopefully — parting with it.
But sometimes, the spoils of such a sale go straight from the sellers’ hands right back into the community. That was the case locally a few weeks ago, when Agassiz All Storage held its annual fundraising garage sale.
They chose to direct their earnings toward the Youth Inclusion Program, operated through Agassiz-Harrison Community Services.
Through the sale of dressers, televisions, clothing, small appliances and other garage sale treasures, they were able to raise $1,049.06.
That money will go directly toward YIP, and help fund an adventure for several local youth.
“From this money raised, we were able to send nine girls from YIP to Shuswap for three days of much needed recreational therapy,” said Adam Palmer, YIP manager. “The money helped pay for food, activities and transportation.”
Many of the young people who are involved with YIP have never had the chance to participate in healthy outdoor sports and activities.
YIP is a recreational based program for eight to 18 year olds that has been operating for almost four years.
The Agassiz Harrison Youth Inclusion Program is one of 13 pilot projects across Canada.
“Giving youth in the Upper Fraser Valley the opportunity to meet with Mother Nature was what the Agassiz All Storage Garage Sale was focused on,” said Sabine Keil, owner of the storage business. This was the third garage sale event the business has held that benefitted the community.