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Village braves heat for good cause, deals

Shoppers peruse the offerings at the corner of 17th and Commerce streets during the annual Wellsville villagewide yard sale Saturday morning. (Photo by Stephanie Ujhelyi)

WELLSVILLE — Many philanthropic efforts have found themselves struggling for funds due to the coronavius pandemic, and Eyes on Wellsville is no different.

The organization hosted its annual villagewide community yard sale the last two weekends, hoping to raise money to buy Christmas presents for area youth.

According to Kari Daniels, she founded the organization more than seven years ago to help underprivileged youth in their community.

The group sells yard sale permits for a $3 donation to their effort, which this year is concentrated on the Christmas toy drive.

Daniels estimated that 50 permit holders set up yard sales during the last two Saturdays. (Last week’s rain cut the event short, so they decided to execute the rain date this week.)

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Eyes on Wellsville has had to cancel its events like the haunted trail, which is a fundraiser for the toy drive and its other community efforts like the Easter egg hunt and community Thanksgiving feast.

She admits that this year’s pandemic with its restrictions has limited their fundraising options, so the group is doing what it can – especially since they expect the need to be even greater this year due to the economy.

Last year’s drive provided three new toys to each of 70 youth, and she wants to be prepared to do more.

Coming up this Monday through Wednesday, Eyes On Wellsville will host an online auction on its Facebook page to raise additional funds. Bidders will peruse items that include everything from clothing to stuffed animals and movie baskets.

Then there will no doubt be more fundraising to be done before they start collecting new toys in October at area retailers, like Save-A-Lot and Dollar General, which has hosted dropoff boxes for the effort in the past.

The community can help too.

To donate to Eyes on Wellsville, which is in the process of getting its 501c3 non-profit status, send checks to 610 10th St.; Wellsville, OH 43968 to the attention of Daniels.

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