Junior Auxiliary was able to raise almost $4,000 for the local programs.
“This is an incredible boost to our organization,” stated Keenon Hulton, one of the co-chairs. “As a nonprofit, we are always looking for ways to make money in order to continue our work in the community. With the community’s support, we were able to raise a portion of our needed funds.”
Tiffany Mitchell, Junior Auxiliary president, stated, “We sponsor more than 12 programs in Bradley County, most dealing with children and families. But sponsoring programs requires money. We want to be able to continue our work and this rummage will help in all of our endeavors.”
Junior Auxiliary runs programs in the schools including a Big Sister Mentoring Program, Sundaes for Scholars, (a motivational student improvement program, helps with hearing/vision screenings, Read to Me in the Elementary Schools, and even started the Jackets for Juniors Program in the Middle Schools.
Also, the organization sponsors a Teddy Bear Picnic in September with the library, a pro-literacy free Family event.
JA also helps with individual families in crisis with the Family Focus Program.
JA members are thankful to the community for donating items to sell and for coming out to the event.
“We had several hundred people come shop, numerous families contact and donate items and we’ve had great feedback,” a representative said.
Kelli Chord and Keenon Hulton planned and executed the fundraising endeavor.
Keith Street Ministries provided the space.
The Junior Auxiliary also used 24-hour climate control storage and the nine large storage units to sort, collect, and price.
Organizers said additional thank-yous include Poe Rentals and some wonderful “Junior Auxiliary men,” who were the muscle needed — Ryan Hulton, Lee Bancroft, Tim Green, D.J. Chord, and Kevin Salmonds.