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Kingston woman holding charity garage sale

KINGSTON – Kingston resident Cheryl Schossow doesn’t need the money she’ll make during her garage sale, so she’s giving it to a nonprofit organization that does.

Schossow is selling dishcloths, jewelry, artwork, aprons and other items during Kingston’s communitywide garage sale, which continues from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. today and Saturday.  All proceeds will benefit We Care Pregnancy Clinic, 403 N. Fifth St., DeKalb.

“They’re local,” she said. “They help moms and women in our community who are facing difficult situations with unplanned pregnancies.”

The clinic provides free and confidential counseling and services such as pregnancy tests and ultrasounds. They have a yearly operating budget of $750,000, all of which comes from local donations, said Katie Mehne, We Care Pregnancy Clinic executive director.

Many of their donations come from a group of about 20 local churches, Mehne said. Kishwaukee Bible Church, 201 W. State St., Sycamore, is Schossow's church.

Mehne said the clinic has been fortunate enough to have no trouble funding its services in the past. It is a tax-exempt organization.

“We have a very generous community,” Mehne said. “All you need to do is say, ‘We need x, y, and z.’ Somebody has it and will give it.”

Schossow hopes to raise about $300 during the garage sale. Some of the items she is selling were made by members of her church, including baked goods.

Schossow herself created a jewelry-hanger by using a picture frame with chicken wire where a picture would normally be. Some counted cross-stitch pieces she made are also for sale.

“I’ve been [making] them all winter,” she said. “It was a good winter to do things like that.”

The price tags on each item are negotiable since all proceeds will benefit the We Care Pregnancy Clinic.

Schossow is also accepting monetary donations.

We Care Pregnancy Clinic holds three fundraisers each year: a banquet, a walk and “Change for Life,” a project in which churchgoers fill baby bottles with change.

The clinic has five staff employees and four part-time volunteers. Each of the six nurses are trained specifically to do ultrasounds, Mehne said. A doctor also volunteers his time.

Multiple local residents purchased items from Schossow on Thursday, the first day of Kingston’s garage sale. One man bought a lawn mower, while another man ate a muffin just after buying it.

Schossow said members at her church care about helping We Care Pregnancy Clinic, and the community was proving it too when they were supporting her sale.

“A lot of people want to help, share and give back to the community,” she said.

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