I was talking to a friend the other day when I excitedly asked, “Did you remember to register for the consignment sale?” She responded, “I’m not sure I’m going to do it this year; it’s so much work.” Her response was not what I expected. It surprised me and left me speechless. My dear friend has been a consignor for years. She was the one who invited me to my first sale. How could this be?
When I got home, I found myself replaying the conversation over and over in my head (because I tend to obsess about things), wondering if I could have said something to change her mind. Had my friend forgotten why consigning with Mt. Bethel is so important, and, if she no longer felt compelled, how many others feel the same?
Yes, preparing clothing for consigning requires a little time and can get tedious, but I strongly urge you to consider consigning with the Mt. Bethel Children’s Consignment Sale (MBCCS) and donating your unsold items. MBCCS is run by volunteers; that means the money collected through the sales of your items provides much needed funds to various outreach ministries. Unsold and donated items are equally important and can take many different paths. One path may be to a local family. You see, local families who have been identified as needing assistance are invited to shop for free. In past years, I’ve had the special privilege of helping these families sift through racks as they do their “back to school” shopping. I’ve witnessed the genuine joy and relief when they find the articles they really need. Unlike you and me, they depend on the sale to help them with basic needs for their children.
In addition to helping local families, MBCCS supports local organizations. Once an organization is identified as having a need to clothe children, they are invited to shop the donated items for free. These organizations depend on the sale to help children, who are often innocent victims, with their basic needs. Overseas missions teams also shop for items that go with them to places like India, Kenya, and Romania.
Can you see how a moment of your time working with your child’s old clothing, shoes,books, toys, bedding, or even Halloween costumes can make a difference? It can make huge difference!
If you have not signed up to consign, its not too late. Go here to register and to get shopping information.
Share with God’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality. Acts 15:32
– Committee member Anamaria McCormack
Mt Bethel Children’s Consignment Sale
Presale for new Moms and volunteers Thursday, August 21
Friday, August 22
Saturday, August 23