Volunteers were busy at the Pidherney Curling Centre in Red Deer preparing for the giant Central Alberta Humane Society. (Photo by Mary-Ann Barr/Advocate staff)

Central Alberta Humane Society’s giant garage sale upcoming

Annual event raises major funds for animal shelter

One person’s junk is the Central Alberta Humane’s Society fundraising treasure.

Volunteers have been busy for almost a month preparing for the humane society’s annual giant garage sale that runs Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Tara Hellewell, the society’s executive director, said Tuesday that they stopped accepting gently-used donations recently because they are full. The event will take place at the Pidherny Curling Centre, a beehive of activity on Tuesday as volunteers priced items.

Hellewell said the annual event is their biggest fundraiser. Last year they raised $60,000, and the previous year the event $52,000, she said.

The garage sale is immensely popular, and Hellewell expects that as usual, on the first day, people are lined up outside the door waiting to get their chance at buying something.

Eva Sarson, community outreach co-ordinator said they could still use some volunteers willing to help as cashiers and baggers. Anyone interested in volunteering for this event, or for any of the other many volunteer activities at the humane society, can contact the centre by email at volunteer@cahumane.com

Funds raised at the garage sale go toward lifesaving care for the animals at the shelter, formerly known as the Red Deer and District SPCA.

The garage sale hours are Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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