Behind the Scenes of the Children’s Consignment Sale
August 24, 2017
By Selena McMasters, Mt. Bethel UMC Children’s Consignment Sale Co-Chair
As we work to close the books on another successful consignment sale, we can’t help but reflect on the four days we spent together for one end goal. Our sale’s main purpose is to provide for deserving children and families who need a helping hand. The net proceeds of this massive sale are directed towards such families, and the charities and missions that support them. They are our main focus.
The Committee works together to start up and run this mini-organization, yet they are not the only ones driven by this mission-minded cause. Many volunteers (whether they are church members or not) feel the overwhelming sense of purpose and love as well. What follows are thoughts from a long-time volunteer, who year after year finds the time in her busy work schedule to volunteer at least twice each sale. Jacqueline Fross’ comments regarding the efforts of the entire team of volunteers echo mine completely:
“As a school social worker, I routinely see the struggles and barriers to success for families and children. My colleagues and I are challenged with the task of removing such barriers on a daily basis. Unfortunately, the need is oftentimes greater than the resources. Thank you and Mt. Bethel UMC for being a constant resource supporting the needs of families in our community.
Because of MBCCS spring and fall events, hundreds of families, women, and children within our community and the community at large, in need of support through difficult times, will have their needs met. Every year, I am more impressed than the year before. I typically volunteer in the nursery and on the sales floor. This year, I worked the Wednesday set-up shift. When I left on Wednesday night, I was not confident that the floor would be ready on time. The amount of work left was overwhelming. Yet, when I returned the next day, the amount of work that had been done was incredible. The planning, organization, and systemization required to pull off an event such as this are substantial. It confirms for me that oftentimes the finished product seldom reflects the time, effort, and hard work that goes on behind the scenes.
Thank you for your leadership, benevolence, and commitment to serve. It’s always nice to see the warm smiles, feel the giving spirit, and hear the laughter of a group of over 200 people come together to give to those in need.”
We can accomplish amazing feats when we collect our talents and persevere for the good of the cause. Thank you, Mt. Bethel UMC and our amazing volunteers, for supporting this wonderful mission and allowing us to be successful year after year.
As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace. (1 Peter 4:10)
See you in March!
Mt. Bethel UMC Children’s Consignment Sale Co-Chair