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Rummage through grandma’s house

Money from sale benefit Senior Center

Posted: October 27, 2008 7:10 p.m.
Updated: December 29, 2008 5:00 a.m.

After recovering from their Halloween tricks, community members may want to treat themselves to a fun and charitable rummage sale from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center, 22900 Market Street in Newhall.

The Grandmother of All Rummage Sales & Boutique will benefit the center and senior citizens within the Santa Clarita Valley.

Included within the center's proceeds-recipient list is its Home-Delivered Meals program, which provides nourishing, volunteer-delivered meals to hundreds of seniors unable to care for their own nutritional needs.

Another recipient will be the Adult Day Care Center, which offers enjoyable social stimulation and quality licensed care to clients with Alzheimer's, memory impairment, post stroke, or other conditions of frailty or chronic disorders.

While clients are at day care, their caregivers receive a much-needed respite from associated stresses and responsibility.

The axiom "Necessity is the mother of invention" can be applied to this rummage sale, said Brad Berens, executive director of the Senior Center and the SCV Committee on Aging.

"During this historic economic meltdown, donations from a number of sources are waning, yet demands for Senior Center services and programs keep increasing, he said.

"This discrepancy creates the need for added support and some ‘creativity,' so we thought, ‘Why not have an old-fashioned rummage sale?'" Berens said.

As for the accumulation of goods to sell, Berens explained the derivations:

"Through generous household donations we've received from several former day care clients' families, as well as from our own staff and volunteers, we've amassed many sellable items, so we're really hoping the sale will be successful."

The rummage sale will have lots of interesting and useful things, something for everyone, said Robin Clough, Senior Center director of volunteers and recreation.

"We have a beautiful antique pump organ, vintage collectibles - including a terrific pair of old hand-made Canadian snow shoes - household goods, linens, art, furniture, Christmas decorations, and so much more."

Call (661) 259-9444 for more information or to make donations.


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