Brentwood Darlington neighbors’ event turns cast-offs into cash

What’s a good way to raise money for neighborhood activities? Take a look, and see how this first-time event worked out …

Volunteers from the Brentwood Darlington Neighborhood Association gather after their successful “Neighborhood Garage Sale”.

Story and photo by David F. Ashton
Looking for ways to raise money for their neighborhood projects, including maintaining the newly-installed Hazeltine Park, volunteers of an East Portland neighborhood decided to hold a “Neighborhood Garage Sale” on July 28.

“I suggested we have this event,” said Jill Robbins, a board member with Brentwood Darlington Neighborhood Association. “Several volunteers pulled together as at team and put it together here at Hazeltine Park.”

From Christmas decorations to toys and books and housewares, all kinds of used merchandise were on sale. During the day, Gail Kiely and other volunteers grilled and sold hot-dog lunches.

“We gave neighbors space to sell their items,” added Robbins. “Part of our effort was to get neighbors involved, as well as raising money.”

As they packed up the remaining goods, bound for charity resale shops, Robbins said the group raised about $500 from this first annual event.

© 2007 David F. Ashton ~ East Portland News Service

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