There will be bargains galore at St. Joseph's yard sale Saturday



If you like a good bargain -- and who doesn't? -- stop by St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church in Taneytown tomorrow and Saturday for its annual "Giant Yard Sale."

All things imaginable will be sold in the church hall from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. both days.

A partial list of offerings includes glassware, small electrical appliances, baby items, pocketbooks, shoes and toys. Clothing, sizes infant to adult, are the major attraction to the event.

All items for sale are in working order, and are all clean. Mary Fannin, an organizer of the event, said only the best donated items are kept for this sale.

Every Friday, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. throughout the year, a clothing sale is held by the St. Joseph Clothing Ministry in the church hall.

The Clothing Ministry tries to keep costs down to accommodate its clientele. If someone cannot afford to pay for needed items, Mrs. Fannin said, she has provided the necessities for free. No one is ever turned away.

Because of the overwhelming support from the community and local churches, donated items tend to overflow the storage area. Therefore, a "yard sale" is held annually to raise additional money for St. Joseph's outreach programs, and to make room for new merchandise.

This is the fifth year the Giant Yard Sale has been held at the church, at 44 Frederick St. just off the square in Taneytown.

There is plenty of parking on church grounds.

For the past two weeks workers have been testing, sorting and pricing merchandise. Donations have been pouring in.

Sandy Groft, one of those helping to prepare for the sale, is a success story produced through her own hard work, with a boost from the St. Joseph Clothing Ministry and the Carroll County Food Sunday Program, also operated in the church.

When she needed assistance, she found it through these organizations. She now donates her time and energy to helping others who need clothing and food assistance.

Ms. Groft has found her niche with Carroll County Food Sunday. She has made it her mission to contact grocery stores throughout Carroll County and in Pennsylvania to donate day-old items and food that is being removed from store shelves to be restocked, so that the hungry of Carroll County can eat.

She has approached caterers and requested they donate prepared foods not used at banquet functions.

Although the Carroll County Food Sunday program is not affiliated with the St. Joseph Clothing Ministry or St. Joseph Church, it is housed and operated in school rooms at the church. St. Joseph's donates the space.

Carroll County Food Sunday is held simultaneously with the Clothing Ministry hours, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. every Friday.

Started in 1982 by Dominic Jollie, Food Sunday has grown from Sunday collections at local churches to three distribution locations, in Sykesville, Westminster and Taneytown.

The Taneytown location serves about 36 families, roughly 120 people per week, according to Paul Martin, executive director.

Families with one child under the age of 15 receive a voucher for a half-gallon of milk. A voucher for a gallon of milk is given to families with more than one child under 15.

The only request that Food Sunday makes from its clients is that they register for food stamps within 30 days to gain additional assistance.

Proceeds from the Giant Yard Sale will benefit the St. Joseph Clothing Ministry, Food Sunday, St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church, and the Carroll County Pregnancy Center.

The Carroll County Pregnancy Center, at 3 York St. in Taneytown, is a nonprofit organization that aids expectant women facing crisis pregnancies. It offers several free, confidential services, including pregnancy tests, counseling services, referrals for medical care, financial and material assistance, childbirth instruction and emotional support.

If you would like to donate items to be sold at the Giant Yard Sale, Mrs. Fannin and the workers ask that the items be clean and in working, usable condition.

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