Yard sale raising money for nonprofit helping at-risk youth

Christel Deskins

An area nonprofit organization is working to help at-risk youth and raise money by hosting a weekend yard sale. Carrie On NC, which works with Craven County youth, will use the yard sale to benefit the nonprofit’s Christmas Kindness Shoppe — an annual event that allows parents struggling financially to […]

An area nonprofit organization is working to help at-risk youth and raise money by hosting a weekend yard sale.

Carrie On NC, which works with Craven County youth, will use the yard sale to benefit the nonprofit’s Christmas Kindness Shoppe — an annual event that allows parents struggling financially to “shop” for free Christmas presents for their children.

Founder Brittaney Ratzlaffe says all the money raised in Saturday’s yard sale will be used to purchase toys and clothes for the Christmas shop, so she is encouraging everyone to stop by and check out the sale.

“Unfortunately, we’ve been hit quite hard by the pandemic,” she said. “We have been unable to do our typical fundraisers and get donations; I’ve not been able to get any grants this year. This is a way people can help make sure we have enough to go around because we do anticipate more needs this year than before.”

Shoppers can visit the sale on Saturday starting at 8 a.m. at 141 Oak Leaf Drive, and donations can be made by calling 252-617-1234.

Christmas Kindness Shop donations can be dropped off at Peace Counseling Center or Baldree’s Tire. Due to COVID-19, Ratzlaffe says families can shop by referral only. Referrals to the Christmas Kindness Shoppe can either be made by the family directly or someone else online.

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