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Members of the local Women Who Care, a giving circle organization, are diligently working on last-minute details of the group's first Spring Rummage Sale planned for Friday and Saturday.
The event will take place inside the Franklin Center, located in downtown St. Marys. The sale begins at 8 a.m. each day and concludes at 4 p.m. on Friday and 1 p.m. on Saturday.
"There will be lots of good stuff that everybody needs," said event co-chair Connie Amendola.
All proceeds from the sale will benefit Women Who Care grants and the endowment fund.
Nancy Caskey, co-chair of the sale, said the group began marking items on April 18.
"We have lots of good shopping and it's all to help a good cause," she said.
Available items include jewelry, holiday items, furniture, toys, candles, pictures, artificial plants and several televisions as well as linens, curtains, bedspreads and table linens and accessories. Items will be priced anywhere from 25 cents to $10.
Numerous furniture pieces from St. Joseph Monastery, including chairs and a freezer, will also be available for purchase.
According to Caskey, items for the sale were collected from community members.
"Any remaining items will be donated to the Resale Shop," Amendola noted.
Amendola and Caskey are among the many founding members of the organization and are both on the events committee, where they volunteered to co-chair the sale.
The purpose of the Women Who Care (WWC) organization is to strengthen local communities by engaging and educating women in philanthropy and issues that are important to families. The funds that are collected through the WWC are distributed to various local charitable organizations. Eighty-five percent of the funds collected are awarded each year to 501(c)3 non-profit organizations, 10 percent become part of an endowment and the remaining five percent goes to cover administrative costs.
"New members are welcome and (are) important for our organization to grow," added Caskey.
Any woman donating to the WWC fund is considered a member. Those contributing $100 or more will be deemed a member with voting privileges about where funds are distributed.