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Sorority garage sale benefits Relay for Life

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Photo by Molly Zuber.

Photo by Molly Zuber.

Shoppers rummaged through tables filled with clothing, shoes, books and home goods Saturday morning to see if anything caught their eye. They were not shopping in a department store, however.

Members of TCU's Eta Iota Sigma sorority held an indoor garage and bake sale to benefit their philanthropy, Relay For Life.

Relay For Life is an organized, overnight community fundraising walk that is put on by the American Cancer Society. Proceeds from Relay for Life events go toward support services for cancer research and those living with cancer.

Natalie Caples, the vice president of Eta Iota Sigma (HIS), said this was the first year HIS held a garage sale to benefit Relay for Life.

She said the idea for the garage sale came from the Relay For Life website.

“There is a long list of things you can do to fundraise, and we chose this one because we thought we would get the best profits out of it,” Caples said.

Each member of HIS was asked to donate an item for the garage sale or to contribute a baked good, Caples said.

She said friends and family of HIS members were also asked to donate items to the sale.

The usual items were seen at the garage sale: used clothing, books, toys and appliances. However, HIS members said they encountered some donations that were interesting.

They said a few of those unusual items were toothpaste, a book about silkworms and an antique pen shaped like a spoon.

Mackensie Wesley, president of HIS, said the items that were not sold at the garage sale would either be sold at other stores to raise more money or donated to stores such as Goodwill.

Some items would also be donated to other organizations that are holding garage sales in the coming weeks, Wesley said.

She said in addition to raising money, HIS members also write encouraging letters to families who are affected by cancer.

“It’s just really important as a way of support to people who are struggling with cancer,” Wesley said.

HIS members said they are passionate about doing what they can for Relay For Life because it is a personal cause for them.

“It’s really important to all of us,” Caples said. “We all have family and friends who are struggling with cancer right now.”

Wesley said she has family members who have struggled with cancer, so benefitting Relay for Life is a cause that is close to her heart.

“My step-grandfather has liver cancer right now, and I’ve had a grandmother who suffered with breast cancer, so it is definitely personal for me as well as many other girls,” Wesley said. 

Caples said the sale raised $500, and all of the money would go directly to Relay for Life.

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