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Kiwanis group to host 'basic needs' rummage sale at dealership


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A unique focus will couple with a unique location when Kishwaukee Kiwanis Club holds a "Basic Rummage Sale" on May 1-2. The club hopes to host the sale annually in the future.

Kiwanian Mike Mooney has agreed to open his body shop, located adjacent to his auto dealership at Fourth and Oak streets in DeKalb, for the two-day sale. Hours will be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

The event will feature an array of mostly used sale items, but will deal primarily with donations that are “everyday, basic” items such as clothing, shoes, baby items, kitchen and dishware, cookbooks and toys. There will be a few surprise items, including Halloween lawn decorations previously used in the Kiwanis Haunted House project.

While the sale will generate some funds for the service club’s community projects, Kiwanis member Svetlana Henrikson said in a news release that the event’s primary purpose will be to provide “affordable, everyday items for folks in need.” Henrikson, who will co-chair the sale with Jennifer Cummings, said that most items will be priced in the $1-$5 range. Prices will be slashed on Sunday and goods will be sold in $4-$5 “bargain bags,” she said.

“Our Kiwanis mission is to serve children in our communities,” Henrikson said in the release, "and what better way to do that than to provide a sale focusing on what families really need.”

This will be the club’s first venture of this kind, Cummings said in the release. She said that a good share of this year’s donated items will come from Kishwaukee Kiwanis’ membership, but she hoped that future events will attract donations from throughout the greater DeKalb-Sycamore community.

Anyone interested in donating clothing and basic household items are encouraged to call Henrikson at 815-762-5196 or Cummings at 815-758-6873. Other information about Kishwaukee Kiwanis can be found at www.kishkiwanis.org.

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