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Bargains galore at community rummage sale that benefits disability programs

Posted at 3:03 PM, Jun 14, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-14 17:46:21-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – What you call junk, could be someone else’s treasure. One local non-profit is hoping to hit the jackpot with their community rummage sale.

Bargain hunters won’t have to look far to find a good deal.

"Basically, all of this stuff came to us via social media,” said Terri Goddard, Manager of Resource Development, The Whole Person.

For the past month, The Whole Person, a local non-profit has been collecting items for their Community Rummage Sale that just kicked off Thursday morning.

"It was a bit overwhelming when we were unloading three trucks but it's going out the door really fast so we're happy about that,” said Goddard.

This is the first time the organization has done a fundraiser like this. Their hope is that the community will buy up some good finds.

"It's very crucial, especially if people want to continue to live independently,” said Goddard.

The Whole Person connects people with disabilities to the resources they need to live independent lives.

"Right from the get-go, they instilled a lot of independence in me and to this day, that's how I like to live,” said Lea Klepees, Community Relations Specialist, The Whole Person.

Klepees said she has been disabled her entire life.

"I was born with Arthrogryposis Multiplex Congenita, and that's just affecting my joints and my muscles in my legs, so they're stiff,” said Klepees.

After graduating college, Klepees said she was having trouble finding a job and reached out to The Whole Person for some help.

"They helped me do job searching, they helped me with resume writing as well because I didn't have that much experience,” said Klepees.

The Whole Person has more than just job services. They offer everything from peer support, mentoring, to independent living services. All things that cost money to keep up and running.

"Every dollar matters at a non-profit organization,” said Goddard.

The Whole Person is hoping to raise nearly $10,000 so they can continue to help people just like Klepees.

The Community Rummage Sale will continue through Saturday at MCC Spirit of Hope Church in Kansas City. Every item will be half-price on Saturday as the sale wraps-up.