Members of Fox Valley Presbyterian Church have cleaned out their basements of things because their church is having one of the largest rummage sales in the area.
The profits will benefit all the "favorite" local missions of the church. The list includes Northern Illinois Food Bank, Hesed House, Lazarus House, CASA-Kane County, Fox Valley Volunteer Hospice, Mutual Ground, Tri-City Services, South Shore Drill Team, The Salvation Army, Steven Ministries, the church's 3rd Friday Community Dinners and Living Waters. All these organizations help people in need in the greater Chicago area. Living Waters is the only nonlocal charity on the list. It is a mission to bring water filtration systems to the poor people of Guatemala.
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Fox Valley Presbyterian Church, 227 East Side Drive, Geneva, will hold the Rummage Sale and Bake Sale on Friday, Aug. 1, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday, Aug. 2, from 8 a.m. to noon. Saturday from 8 a.m. to 9:45 will be the half-price sale and 10 a.m. to noon will be the bag sale.
The church had to take a year off from their sale because the education wing was being rebuilt. Now the new space has wider aisles and more space for all the items.
"Shoppers thank me every year," said Kathy Jacobsma, a co-chair of the sale. They tell me they can't wait for our sale."
The church members take a week and a half to go though the items to make everything clean and organized.
The shopping areas include furniture, housewares, sports equipment, clothing, toys, games, jewelry, antiques and collectibles, linens, books, office, music, holiday and the very popular jewelry room. The bakery has home-baked items from church members. This year almost everything is indoors.
"The sale is set up like a department store," Jacobsma said. "Each area has room coordinators that have worked to organize and display their room."
The church is located one block north of Route 38 on East Side Drive. For more information, call (630) 232-7448.