Landrum yard sale helping the needy

Published 8:00 am Wednesday, April 25, 2018

LANDRUM — Funds raised from a yard sale on Saturday will go to help people in need, said Dr. Jeni Evans, who is part of the Save the Sabbath group.

Save the Sabbath is associated with God’s Creatures Animal Hospital in Landrum.

Evans said God’s Creatures teamed up with Friends in Christ and the Inglesia Bautista Alfa and Omega Baptist Church to raise funds that can be used to help individuals in need.

“We’re a combination of believers,” Evans said.

In addition to helping with the yard sale, Friends in Christ works to help foster children in Polk County. The Inglesia Bautista Alfa and Omega Baptist Church works to help children in Mexico.

Along with God’s Creatures, about 30 volunteers from the three organizations and others in the community have been gathering donations of clothing, furniture and household items since last October. They stored the items in an empty space next to Fred’s store on West Rutherford Street.

The yard sale took place Saturday morning on the grassy area in front of the Fred’s parking lot.

By noon, approximately 300 or more people had stopped by to pick through the tables of books, plates, clothing and nick knacks. Mary Chambers painted the faces of children and adults. No items had prices, and people simply dropped what they could in the donation bucket.

Some of the projects the effort goes to help include providing dentistry for those who cannot afford it, providing clothing for foster children or helping to repair the well of someone in need. Evans said they had recently been notified of someone who simply needed a new toilet.

According to Evans, during the yard sale, someone stopped her to say they had seen a toilet, with a sign that stated it worked and was free, sitting on the side of the road not far down Highway 14.

One dream the group has for the future is to eventually be able to provide a homeless shelter in the area.

“Right now, we’re just helping one person or one family at a time,” Evans said. “We can’t help everyone, but we do what we can.”

For more information or to donate funds or items contact Evans at God’s Creatures 864-457-3565 or Friends in Christ at llhoward@windstream.net or call 864-415-2222.