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Volunteer Bureau plans garage sale fundraiser


Local residents will have a chance to put their bargain-hunting skills to good use—and for a good cause—at the Fort Frances Volunteer Bureau’s garage sale this Saturday (Oct. 4) from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

“There’s going to be bake sale items, five dollars a bag,” noted Debbie Bazylewski of the volunteer bureau. “So if anyone wants to pick up on some saving, drop by.

A lot of this stuff is in very, very good shape, like mint condition,” she stressed.

“We have affordable clothes, we have household items like vacuum cleaners, stereos, knick-knacks, skates for adults and children,” added Bazylewski, noting the skates, for instance, are good for children in school who may need them for phys. ed. activities but who otherwise don’t skate.

“We’re open to negotiations,” she said. “So if you’re in dire need of something, we’re willing to give it away for free.”

If things go well, Bazylewski said the event will be happening on a monthly basis.

“We’re trying to build a little bit of a [cash] reserve so that we can effectively run our programs,” she explained, noting the money will be going towards various programs the volunteer bureau runs, but not one in particular.

“There’s a wide array of things that we do, if we have the volunteers to do it,” she remarked.

These include friendly visiting, driving people to and from appointments, tutoring, snow shovelling, and special events such as the Terry Fox Run and helping people with their income tax returns each spring.

Donations to the garage sale are still being accepted, which can be dropped off at the bureau (located at the old CN station) during its regular hours (Monday to Fridays from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.)

For more information, call the volunteer bureau at 274-9555.

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