Giant Edwards rummage sale makes senior mission trip possible |

Giant Edwards rummage sale makes senior mission trip possible

Daily staff report
Edwards CO, Colorado
Special to the Daily

EDWARDS, Colorado ” Vail Christian High School (VCHS) will host a rummage and bake sale at the school auditorium 31621 Highway 6, Edwards, on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. All proceeds from the rummage and bake sale will benefit the VCHS senior mission trip to Costa Rica in March 2009.

Bargains will abound at the rummage sale on Saturday, but there are more compelling reasons to shop.

“This is a great way to give back,” said Renee Ristow, event organizer. “Not only do you have the chance to scoop up some great bargains, but you’re also supporting recycling in our own community and helping make a service project in Costa Rica possible.”

Items for sale include furniture, appliances, fitness equipment, sporting goods, clothing, household items and much more. Hungry bargain hunters will be further tempted by a family bake sale featuring lots of breads, cookies, cakes and pies.

For one week each school year, all Vail Christian High School students participate in a community service project. Over the last four years these high school seniors have provided community service at soup kitchens in Denver, a retreat center in Salida, for the Salvation Army in Colorado Springs and cleared dead trees in Vail.

“Our students see what it’s like to be truly impoverished, and they learn how a group of committed individuals working together can make a big difference,” says Mindy Larson, guidance counselor at the school.

The senior mission trip to Costa Rica provides students with an experience like none other by working side-by-side in the shanty towns of San Jose with international missionaries through the YWAM (Youth With a Mission) organization. Not only do students have the opportunity to see what true missionary work is like, the cultural experience is a valuable one as well.

“We really get a feeling for what these people are going through,” said senior Lettie Fickling about working at a Denver soup kitchen last year. “We sometimes forget how lucky we are, and then you see people without shoes, who are hungry, and they are so grateful to just get a good hot meal. It can really change your perspective on what’s important.

The students intend to raise $30,000 for the trip; this includes travel costs for students and chaperones as well as funds to buy materials for the mission’s building projects and supplies and crafts materials for schools and orphanages. The rummage sale is just one of several fun events planned and executed by the seniors to raise funds for the trip.

One hundred and ten students currently attend VCHS in Edwards. The school is dedicated to nurturing academic excellence while encouraging personal and spiritual growth. For more information about the rummage sale or to arrange pick-of of donations contact Renee Ristow or call 970-926-3015.

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