Salvation Army yard sale ringing the bell

Shelby County Salvation Army is holding a yard sale at their headquarters on Main Street in Shelbyville this Saturday, Aug. 17 at 9 a.m. Case Worker Mindy Mars, Bell-Ringing Coordinator Denise Pullen, and Board President Don Jefferies are picture at their location.

Ding, ding. The Salvation Army in Shelbyville is off and running helping people in Shelby County. They will hold a yard sale at the there location on Main Street and start signing local people for their second-ever season of bell ringing.

The Salvation Army "Bless Your Neighbors" yard sale will be this Saturday August 17, starting at 9 a.m. at their location at 1410 W. Main Street in Shelbyville. In case of rain, the sale will be inside at the First Assembly of God Church next door to the Salvation Army. Parking will be available in the First Assembly of God parking lot.

In addition to the yard sale, Denise Pullen, the Bell-Ringing Coordinator, will there to begin signing up individuals, organizations, and businesses who want to participate in kettle bell ringing this Christmas season.

Although the Shelby County Salvation Army has been in existence less than a year, they helped over 600 people from Shelby County in the first six months of 2019. They have helped another 100 to 150 in July and August. The biggest change in the Shelby County experience with the Salvation Army was bell-ringing last Christmas. Shelby County people were involved in bell-ringing and the funds raised helped Shelby County recipients.

The "Bless Your Neighbor" yard sale is special fundraiser brought about by a special donation.

"This was just an opportunity that came to us," said Mindy Mars, the Volunteer Salvation Army Case Worker. "A woman went into assisted living and had an estate sale."

"First Assembly of God will be hosting the yard sale to help people in need through the Salvation Army and through Joanna's House," said the Rev. Don Jefferies, the President of the Shelby County Salvation Army Board of Directors. "Both have the mission to help the needy and the homeless."

The estate sale donation for this sale includes some special items. Mars calls it a high-end yard sale, "not your usual garage sale."

"These items could be sold on E-bay," Mars said. "We have a Thomas Kinkaide painting with a certificate. We have a lot of Native American items, like pottery, prints, Western motifs and cowboy items, Gene Autry things, etc. The lady was fan of Native American items and traveled to Egypt and Jerusalem. So there are items from there. We have some green depression glass."

There are no appliances and no furniture, but there is a lot of collectible items.

The Salvation Army will still take donations for the yard sale, but no clothes. Do not drop off items, instead call Mars before the sale, if you have a donation, (217) 690-1028.

The Shelby County Salvation Army was create in October last year and Pullen helped coordinate bell-ringing in a hurry last year for Christmas. Shelby County people got on board. She will be at the yard sale with a sign up for bell-ringing.

"It was new last year and it happened quickly," Pullen said. 'We didn't have much time to get organized, but a lot of groups responded.

"We are so grateful to individuals, businesses. organizations and the community, who helped us raise money this last year in bell-ringing and other donations to help the needy in Shelby County," said Jefferies.

"All the bell-ringers last year were local people," Mars said. "We had high school students, church groups, the fire department, the Lions Club, elected officials. We had familiar faces."

If businesses and organizations want, they can identify themselves with their logos while bell-ringing. The Salvation Army has three kettles for different locations, including a traveling kettle. Last year, they were in Windsor, Strasburg, and Stewardson.

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