Arkansas Valley Hospice Yard Sale in their parking lot on Saturday drew a huge crowd.

Besides all sorts of goods, including furniture, clothing, sporting goods, books, toys, etc., breakfast burritos were offered at a bargain $1 apiece. The crowd was already large at 7 a.m., with many hospice volunteers available to help out with finding one's way around the tables and checking out purchases.

 “The yard sale was the idea of volunteer Juanita Hinkhouse,” said spokesperson for the Arkansas Valley Hospice Tara Castaneda. The project was made possible with help from donations from the community, volunteers and the Arkansas Valley Hospie staff. Special thanks goes to Charlie Carson, who picked up items for the sale, donated from all over the Arkansas Valley.

The “Homegrown & Deep Rooted” hospice team expressed their deepest gratitude for the participation in the sale by the community. The sale made $2,277.60. “The money will go back to patient care at Arkansas Valley Hospice, which serves seven counties,” said Castaneda.

Arkansas Valley Hospice provides palliative care at no cost to patients. The hospice also offers grief support for patients, families, or anyone who is grieving. Services are available to patients and their family in hospice care and 13 months after the loved one’s passing.

Arkansas Valley Hospice also provides companion care that is grant-funded. The only part of the care that can be reimbursed is the hospice service. Arkansas Valley Hospice can bill Medicare, Medicaid, or private insurance, but the organization will never bill a patient or loved one for hospice care. Arkansas Valley Hospice is a non-profit 501c3 organization.

All items which did not sell at the yard sale were given back to various non-profits and charitable organizations in the community, including The Foster Closet in La Junta, Global Treasurez, and the Coalition for the Homeless in Fort Lyon.

Arkansas Valley Hospice thanks all the volunteers who helped on sale day. If you would like to become part of the hospice team and would like to volunteer, please contact JoEllen Netherton, volunteer coordinator, at 719-384-8827, or stop by 531 Lewis Ave., headquarters for Arkansas Valley Hospice.

The next fund raiser is a Spaghetti Supper on Sept. 7 at the Knights of Columbus Hall. Doors are open at 5 p.m. For more information, call 384-8827.

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