Rotary Rummage Sale To Raise Money For Literacy

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One thousand dollars can buy 100 books for Rim Country Literacy's family reading program. The Rotary Club of Payson aims to donate even more than that from the club's seventh annual rummage sale on July 14, and the public can help.

"The club is asking for donations of items to be sold at the event," said Rotarian Jay Vagalatos.

RCL's family literacy program runs for six weeks, three times a year, with eight to ten families participating.

Each week, the child gets a new book such as "Brown Bear Brown Bear, What Do You See?" and "Mrs. Wishy Washy." The influx of cash to the literacy program pays for those 180 storybooks. Each child also receives a hand-decorated book bag to carry the book and a plastic box containing crayons, a coloring book, child-safe scissors and a plastic craft box.

"Last year was not one of our better years, but every year the rummage sale has earned between $1,200 and $1,700," Rotarian Dan Hill said. "We are always shooting for more."

Good-condition, used furniture, that customers have donated to Rotary throughout the year, are stored at Hill's store, Legacy Home Furnishings, in anticipation of raising money for RCL and Rotary's Interact Club at Payson High School.

The rummage sale will take place Saturday, July 14, in the parking lot in front of Legacy Home Furnishings. People who wish to donate items may bring them to Legacy, 107 E. Highway 260, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

Come to the rummage sale beginning at 7 a.m. to find a great bargain and help support Rim Country Literacy, Vagalatos said.

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