By ELLY GRIMM
• Leader & Times
Preparations and team fundraisers for Oct. 25’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s are currently underway and one of those will be going on Saturday morning as Liberal’s First National Bank will be having a garage sale.
First National Bank’s 12-member Mind Savers team will be having its first garage sale (and the team’s first fundraiser of the year) on Saturday at 1035 N. Carlton beginning at 7:30 a.m. The idea for the garage sale came up during their meeting discussing different fundraising options.
“We had people bring different ideas for fundraisers and a couple of the ladies mentioned a garage sale, which we hadn’t done in the past. Everyone agreed and thought it would a good idea,” Judy McAllister, vice president of operations at First National Bank, said.
“Everybody has things they can donate and it cleans a spot out at home and someone else might be able to use it,” Jana Jantzen, senior vice president of First National Bank, added.
Since this year is the team’s first garage sale, it was decided only bank employees could bring items. However, neither McAllister nor Jantzen ruled out citizens being able to donate to next year’s sale, should Saturday prove successful. A little bit of everything will be on sale on Saturday from clothes to knick-knacks.
“Yeah we’re all looking forward to it, everyone’s been talking about getting things together at their houses and bringing it out,” Jantzen said. “Everyone’s looking forward to it and anxious to have the fundraiser raise money for our team at the walk.”
While the team did not actually agree to a specific goal, McAllister said the group would like to raise at least between $200-300. After the garage sale, the team will divide the money between each team member rather than competing against each other so everyone gets credit.
All of the team members are also registered on Alzheimer’s website so people can also go online and make a donation there if they wish. There will also be information available about Alzheimer’s disease both at Saturday’s garage sale and at the walk itself in October for those unfamiliar with the condition.
“It’s for a great cause – so many families are affected by Alzheimer’s. Most families now know someone who is currently fighting Alzheimer’s, maybe they’ve had grandparent who had the disease who passed away. I think it just affects so many families anymore and just so many people are fighting the disease so we want to raise any amount of money we can so we can help raise funds for the cause,” McAllister said. “We want to be able to walk and end Alzheimer’s someday for research, caregivers, and to help the cause because it is such a cruel disease for both the person fighting it and the caregivers involved.”