March 16 & 17
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Donations are accepted beginning February 15th in the garage under Wesley Hall until Saturday, March 10th. Late donations are accepted in Martin Hall through Wednesday, March 14th at 6:30 pm.
Set-up: Sunday, March 11th at 11:00 am in Martin Hall.Sale: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm both Friday and SaturdayBreakdown: Saturday promptly at 3:00
Wow, time to get ready for the Spring Clothing Sale at Jesse Lee! First and most important: every donated item has a purpose, either before, during, or after the sale. There are several areas that are positively impacted by the sale:
Environmental- every item donated including those we cannot sell, bags, boxes, and hangers are recycled or repurposed. Towels go to ASP car washes and rags to the Town textile recycling bin (this helps earn money for all its recycling programs). T-shirts are picked up by school art teachers for smocks and projects. We hand out regional recycling information booklets to interested customers.
Social- we donate bags of leftover clothes to Lee Allen who ships them to Appalachia, and to a soup kitchen in Bridgeport for helping families there. Leftover shoes go to an animal rescue that sells them by the pound to help fund its work. Last fall’s sale saw approximately 15 coats donated to a refugee family that Jesse Lee youth is helping. We give coupons to Ridgefield social services to support very needy families living right here in Ridgefield (at least two or three are cashed at each sale). Jesse Lee’s Day School and Summer Vacation Bible School also receive donated items that help defray their costs for projects and “rainy days.”
Ministry- the Sale is, after all, a fellowship opportunity, particularly for a few senior church and non-church members. It’s also another opportunity to bring nonmembers into our church. We tuck a postcard-sized schedule of worship services in every bag at check out and offer all “Bread for the Journey" (many do take it!). We also talk to people about Jesse Lee and our faith.
Lastly, community spirit is impacted! What a good feeling it is to help someone you may never meet by making this sale possible. Where else besides a Luau can you wear a Hawaiian shirt and be in uniform!
We invite you to participate in the sale in whatever way you can. Hope to see you soon .
– xoxo Ellen Rossini and Kathy Marchione