Goshen News, Goshen, IN

September 2, 2013

Wakarusa Fall Resale benefits many families

By AMY WENGER
CORRESPONDENT

— WAKARUSA — It’s a phrase that is often expressed as September draws near ... “It’s that time of year again ...”

For some, that means another school year has begun. To others, it means football season has come roaring in. But in Wakarusa, “that time of year” for many is the arrival of Children’s Resale.

The fall presentation of the Children’s Resale is set for Saturday from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Wakarusa Missionary Church, 202 W. Waterford St., just west of downtown Wakarusa.

Several levels of the church will be brimming with displays of gently used children’s gear and apparel, including a variety of clothing, toys, infant necessities, books, games and family friendly entertainment options. There are also maternity items, a twin boutique and “The Loop,” a special section designated for shoppers needing clothes and accessories for young adults.

The first 600 shoppers securing a place in line will receive a goodie bag featuring coupons and tokens of appreciation from a number of local retailers. It is suggested that shoppers arrive early, and be mindful of weather conditions for the day, as the line typically forms well in advance of the 8 a.m. start. Acceptable forms of payment include cash and checks presented with photo identification and a telephone number.

 The items that will be available for purchase come from approximately 275 local families, a growth from the 50 sellers that participated when the resale first began in the spring of 2007. Of the proceeds, a significant percentage goes back to the seller, while 10 percent is distributed to regional charities, including Reason Enough to Act, Family Christian Development Center, BABE/The Women’s Shelter and Lifegate Ministries.

A small portion of the earnings is retained by the Resale Committee to assist with administrative costs. None of the more than 200 volunteers are financially compensated for their time and effort.

In the spring of 2011, the resale committee implemented a partnership program with businesses, churches, childcare facilities, private donors and others who were invited to share a minimum donation of $25. Through those offered funds, vouchers were given to families dealing with financial hardship, allowing them to shop for items that their children would need.

 Last year, the partnership program raised more than $10,000, which went on to benefit more than 250 families.

 For additional information, go online to www.freewebs.com/wakarusaresale.