SOUTH GLENGARRY, Ontario – It was a weekend of mixes weather for the ninth annual Trunk Sale held at Marlin Orchard Nov. 3 and 4.
Dozens of vendors were at the sale, which was in support of Rachel’s Kids House of Hope again this year.
This is the second year that Rachel’s Kids was the selected charity for the Trunk Sale. Last year, the Trunk Sale was able to raise $40,000 for Rachel’s Kids.
The first day saw rain, snow and mud, but that did not stop the community from coming out.
“It is wonderful,” said Dr. Rachel Navaneelan. “Yesterday was pouring rain and it was wonderful to see how many people still showed up and were smiling.”
“I must say, I’m so proud of all of the volunteers,” Navaneelan went on to say.
Debbie Burns, one of the organizers of the Trunk Sale, said she was so happy with how things had turned out this year.
“It is pretty awesome with the rain that people still came out in droves,” she said. “It takes a lot of hands to expedite this event. It takes a village to pull this together.”
Burns explained that the Trunk Sale had committed to supporting Rachel’s Kids for three years, and that she strongly believed in the organization.
“For me, it is tangible,” she said. “I love seeing the families getting help. “They have stepped up to the plate and have helped families with sick kids by supporting them with things like gas cards. When our guests come to the Trunk Sale, they know they are supporting a charity.”
“We want to give a huge thank you to the community,” said Kim Lauzon, Executive Director of Rachel’s Kids. “We’re are entirely a non-profit and we rely on the support of the community. We’ve noticed a huge increase in cancer amongst the little ones and this will go a long way to help.”
Vendors at the show were selling everything from children’s clothing, to jewellry, to food, to pet treats. There were some vendors from as far away as Toronto.
Chantal Gilmour of Crazy Knitter Creations has been going to the Trunk Sale for three years.
“The atmosphere is amazing,” she said. “It is fun to help people start their Christmas shopping.”