St. Mary's yard sale to benefit local families and South African orphans

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TUXEDO — St. Mary’s Church in Tuxedo will hold a community yard sale at the Tuxedo Train Station on Saturday, Oct. 15 from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The yard sale is being held to make the best use of outgrown clothing, books, toys and games, antiques and household and sporting equipment in good condition.

The proceeds raised from the event will be split in half between benefiting local families, and orphans impacted by AIDS in South Africa.

“At the same time, as we are offering these things for sale at bargain prices, we are raising funds for our outreach efforts, sharing these funds between needs locally, and needs of children and families in South Africa,” said Sue Heywood of Tuxedo Park, head of the outreach committee who also works with Carryou, a registered charity in South Africa.

Carryou began operating in 2000 to provide care for people suffering from AIDS, as well as their families, in poverty stricken regions of that nation.

“I first visited in 2001 and began raising money for their work, and have been there every year since, spending several days each time visiting the children in their homes and at the feeding centers,” said Heywood. “Checks are made out to St Mary's, memo 'Carryou,' and we wire the money to their bank in South Africa specifying what the donations are for.”

According to its 2015-2016 annual report, Carryou Ministry has “delivered 32 monthly food parcels for child headed households through the generosity and assistance of Ms. Heywood and St Mary's, Carryou's friends in the United States of America. Their commitment and efforts to source and create sponsorship from the USA for current and past years have been an inspiration and encouragement for the Carryou team.”

Donations can be left at St Mary's during the week prior to the sale, or if they are bulky or heavy can be brought to the Train Station on Friday afternoon. Tax deduction forms are available.

- Christine Urio
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