The sixth annual Ellenâ€™s Excellent Sale to benefit Lazarus House was held on Aug. 7 and 8. The mega-sale actually began when I was nine, and was inspired by a church trip to the local St. Charles shelter. It has been such a rewarding experience to see the sale grow from a 9-year-old girl with a pan of brownies in her driveway, to a street-wide spectacular with nearly 50 volunteers.
That being said, there is no way on earth that we could have accomplished the sale without the support of our amazing community.
We would like to give a big thank you to our sponsors and supporters that made Ellenâ€™s Excellent Sale a success: 7-Eleven, Ace Hardware, Advantax, Allied Waste Management, Aldi, Amazing Grace Antiques, the city of Geneva, Competitive Edge Graphics and Promotions, First Baptist Church of Geneva, GFX International, Kenâ€™s Autobody, the Law Offices of Timothy Dwyer and Royal Family Kids Camp Fox Valley. Thank you so much for everything.
In just two days, truly miraculous things happened in our street. Such acts of support and generosity are too rare in our community. These wonderful outpourings of love included:
â€¢ A plethora of volunteers who helped price and organize a week before the sale, including Kristin, a wonderful girl who we had never met before, who tirelessly helped to price and organize before and during the sale.
â€¢ Our wonderful friends who helped to tarp and disassemble the sale in a torrential downpour. We didnâ€™t hear one complaint, and actually had fun doing it.
â€¢ Many shoppers overpaid. A $10 bill for a $2 purchase was not uncommon.
â€¢ One lovely woman came to shop and rummage though all the stuff. She proclaimed proudly she had come every year and bought a few bags full of things. She was so gracious and lifted everyoneâ€™s spirits.
â€¢ One woman came to help us pack everything up in the rain. She even got a babysitter just so she could help us.
â€¢ A special thanks to Ace Hardware for providing tents and manpower to set them up during the rain. Also a huge thank you to Allied Waste Management for providing garbage pickup for the over 10 yards of water-damaged goods and garbage.
Despite the rain, we were able to raise $7,500 for Lazarus House.
None of this could have happened without our friends and neighbors who eagerly gave their time, energy, talents and money. The super local press coverage also raised awareness of the sale and the cause behind it.
As said by John Wesely: â€œDo all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can.â€
I believe we took a giant leap toward this goal during the sale. It lifts our spirits to see the excellent generosity and support of our community.