Yard Sales Strives to Raise Money for Valley Neighbors

AUGUSTA COUNTY, Va. (WHSV)-- Neighbors in Augusta County are holding yard sales so they can help feed not only their families, but other families too.

"It's very sad, it's sad that it's America, the U.S.A, and there are so many people in need," said Marilyn Long, who attended the yard sale.

Long is spending her holiday weekend at the Weyers Cave Community Center for a yard sale. Things like makeup, candy, and other household items, are all discounted. Plus, the money goes to a good cause.

"This is benefiting the Verona food pantry that serves all of Augusta County. It helps them purchase food that they need in order to supply the food pantry," said Long.

The food pantry faced a $35,000 deficit earlier this year. Their goal now is to keep that from happening again by raising $30,000. That money will help provide food for two months.

"There are more and more families that are in need of food. Last Thursday there were 136 families, the day before, there were 180 families that the food pantry is serving," said Long.

People who work at the food pantry think there are many factors causing the increase in need. Some say it's harder for people to get food stamps, but, Cherie Campbell blames unemployment.

"I know the economy is still not that great, I know several people who still don't have jobs, and if you don't have jobs, then you don't have money to buy food," said Campbell.

With the increased need, more than 300 people showed up to help.
Long hopes they walk away with more than just bags filled with merchandise.

"It's taught us that we need to help other people and that's our responsibility as good citizens," said Long.

She hopes other people will lend a hand too.

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