Yard sale to benefit cancer research

Published 12:00 am Friday, October 1, 2010

NATCHEZ — Team Boobapalooza is in the final stretch, but they are far from the finish line.

The group of eight local nurses are raising money for the Susan G. Komen For the Cure foundation through participation in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day.

The team will walk 60 miles over three days to raise money and awareness for breast cancer.

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The team, made up of Christy Anderson, LaWanda Baskin, Amanda Criswell, Lara Griffiths, Jessi Knight, Emily Dale, Melissa Serio and Heather Smith, has a team fundraising goal of $20,000 but have only been able to raise approximately $4,000 to date, team captain Christy Anderson said.

To walk, each team member has to raise a minimum of $2,300 each.

The team will host a large yard sale from 7 a.m. until Saturday at L.J. Denny and Sons at 5558 U.S. 84 in Vidalia.

Anderson said the community helped a lot in donating items for the yard sale and she is hopeful that community will have the same response to buying items.

“I was really surprised at how many calls I got to pick things up for the yard sale,” she said. “We filled up our storage unit and had to start putting things at our houses.

“I hope this means Saturday will be a success, too.”

Anderson said the yard sale will have a large selection of linens, furniture, Christmas and Halloween decorations, toys, kitchen items and home accessories like lamps and pictures for sale.

Anderson and Criswell formed a team last year to participate in the 3-Day For a Cure walk and this year more friends and co-workers jumped on board.

The team will walk in Dallas beginning Nov. 5.

“Last year we didn’t have any trouble raising money, but it was a new thing we were doing,” Anderson said. “This year, the people who supported us last year, just aren’t able to help.”

Anderson said the team is frustrated by slow fundraising efforts, but will continue to be hopeful.

“Some team members have already talked about calling (Susan G. Komen) foundation to see if they can just donate their earnings to the team and drop out,” she said. “We hope that doesn’t happen, but it will be hard for us to come up with the remainder out of our pockets.”

All of the money raised from the yard sale will go to the cause.

The team is selling T-shirts, as well. Pink ones for ladies and black one for men, Anderson said.

The T-shirts were donated by Concordia Bank so all the proceeds from the sales will go directly to the teams fundraising goal.

Anyone interested in purchasing a T-shirt should contact Anderson by e-mail at christyranderson@yahoo.com or any other team members.

The team’s fundraising progress can be tracked at www.the3day.org/goto/boobapalooza. Donations can also be made at that site.