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Community Yard Sale Nets Over $11,500+ to Support Local Food Pantries

Our blessings were manifold that day: beautiful fall weather, incredibly generous donations from people of all backgrounds throughout Newton Lower Falls and neighboring communities, and the gift of service from so many of our parishioners—particularly newcomers—produced results beyond our wildest expectations. To date, we have realized cash proceeds of $11,796.56, and are attempting to sell additional selective items online or through dealers, consignors or other venues.

In keeping with our goal of combating hunger, the Outreach Committee will be making contributions to the following organizations:

The Newton Food Pantry, Waban – $1,500 Centre Street Food Pantry operated by Trinity Church, Newton – $1,500 The Needham Food Pantry – $1,500 The Wellesley Food Pantry – $1,500 The Homeless Food Program operated by Ecclesia Ministries, Boston – $1,500 The Food Pantry operated by St. Mary’s Church in Dorchester – $1,500 The Dorchester Food Co-op – $1,500 Waltham Fields Community Farm – $1,000

Total – $11,500

In addition, the unsold items were distributed to several programs and organizations serving those in need. We partnered with Walter Mucha and St. Paul’s Church in Brookline, shipping the bulk of the inventory—including additional furniture donated by several St. Mary’s parishioners—to Manchester, VT where they were distributed to scores of needy families, especially those with homes damaged by the Hurricane Irene flooding. Gentle Giant provided a moving van which we filled. Nearly 400 books were donated to More Than Words, a Waltham-based non-profit that empowers at-risk youths, and several carloads went to Boomerangs, thrifts stores operated by the AIDs Action Committee of Massachusetts. Two blackboards donated by St. Mary’s choir went to a Montessori school in Acton and the All Newton Music School. The ripple effect of the yard sale is extensive and ongoing.

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