Trinity UMC fundraiser helping

Terri Pearce, left, president of United Methodist Women at Trinity United Methodist Church, talks to Gwen Yerger, past president of UMW, Friday during the rummage sale.

Trinity United Methodist Church’s rummage sale fundraiser made a big return last week after COVID-19 halted any chance in 2020.

“We were completely shut down,” Terri Pearce, president of United Methodist Women at Trinity UMC, said.

Trinity UMC had two years’ worth of items collected to sell during the two-day sale, which took place Friday and Saturday.

The sale featured dishes, adult and children’s clothes, shoes, linens, home décor and children’s toys, stuffed animals, books and games. A boutique and Christmas section were also offered for visitors.

“This is our one and only fundraiser,” Pearce said.

Pearce said Trinity UMC hoped to raise as much as it could to “pour it back into the community.”

An amount raised could not be determined by News-Herald presstime.

Proceeds from the sale go to the Loudon County Boys & Girls Club, which helps youth through classes and after-school care, and Iva’s Place, which offers resources to victims of domestic violence.

Kids First Child Advocacy Center of the Ninth Judicial District is also a beneficiary, which conducts forensic interviews and medical examinations, victim services and services for drug-endangered children. The CAC also offers therapy and school-based intervention and prevention programs, a school-based education group for teen mothers and an adult survivor group and resource library.

The center serves Loudon, Meigs, Morgan and Roane counties.

“We just distribute it,” Pearce said. “We try to keep it as local as we can.”

Trinity also pays for some life alerts for elderly people.

Pearce said the church keeps the prices at the rummage sale low and affordable.

This was the first year that credit cards were accepted at the rummage sale. Masks were required for visitors.

Trinity UMC usually has a rummage sale in the spring, but the COVID-19 pandemic greatly altered scheduling.

Pearce said clothes left over from the rummage sale will go to Knox Area Rescue Ministries.