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Gifts from the Heart sale Saturday

Organizers ask for donors, shoppers for community event .

The idea of a Christmas bazaar, to benefit donors and shoppers, has come to fruition for a Gothenburg woman.

On Friday, Dec. 2, the community is asked to donate items to the sale and, on Saturday, Dec. 3, asked to participate.

“You can donate gifts from the heart or you can give out of heart—whatever works for you and your family,” said Wendy Bartels about the project facilitated by a United Methodist Church Outreach committee.

Bartels said she’s thought about how to do the sale for a couple of years.

Because so many people have needs in the community, she said it’s a community effort to donate and share in Christmas cheer.

Bartels, who serves on the mission outreach evangelism committee, said the church does several mission activities outside of the community.

“This is a way to support and give back to one’s own community,” she said.

Lisa Jorgenson, who is helping Bartels spearhead the project, compared the event to Black Friday—the day after Thanksgiving when stores open early and offer sales—but with a different twist.

“We will still have good deals minus all the stress and chaos,” Jorgenson said.

Participants will be offered refreshments as they browse tables of items and asked to make a freewill donation if they find an item they like.

Free gift wrapping, by volunteers, will be available.

Proceeds from the event will be given to the Gothenburg Ministerial Association which helps local people in need.

New or “gently used” items in the following categories are requested.

Toys, puzzles, games

Winter children’s clothing such as coats, hats, gloves or boots

Winter adult clothing such as coats, hats, gloves and boots

Home items such as bedding, towels, sheets, cleaning supplies

Home decor and decorations and items like blenders, coffee pots or microwaves

Donations of wrapping paper, gift sacks, tape and bows are also requested.

Bartels said she knows people who are willing to give and people who need items , as well as those who are looking for deals.

“It’s not a United Methodist Church project but a community one for people to donate or shop and get into the Christmas spirit,” she said.

For more information, call Bartels at 537-7888 or 537-7888 or Jorgenson at 537-2224.

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