Fundraiser Benefits Calvary Chapel Church Ministry

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) – Calvary Chapel in Bakersfield held its annual fundraiser.

People from all over Bakersfield came out to make a deal and support the local church.

It was a gigantic garage sale where hundreds of people came throughout the day to put items up for sale. The profits all go back to the community.

A six-year tradition for Calvary Chapel. It was a garage sale to raise funds to support one of his ministries.
This year, the funds are going to the ministry of sewing.

“We’re going to be making blankets, blankets for our vets, for the Bakersfield Pregnancy Center, for the homeless for people going through chemotherapy and different treatments,” said Susan Creig, a chapel volunteer.

In previous years, thousands of dollars have been raised. This year, the hope is to harvest as many. But it is not only about money but also an opportunity for buyers to join a ministry as well.

“Encourage new people to come and learn to sew,” said Judy Fariss, director of the chapel’s sewing ministry. “It will benefit us not only in terms of knowledge, but also in terms of providing equipment.”

Towards the end of the day, the prices dropped, to the point that simple donations were accepted for the items. The remaining items will all go to Habitat for Humanity and Goodwill.

Volunteers said the fundraiser will return next spring.

“It’s better to bless people with what we have left and what they might need instead of just giving it to Goodwill,” Creig said. “But goodwill will always get what we have left.”

The event may be over, but if you’re someone in need of food or a blanket, the chapel tells you to reach out.

You can reach them by calling 661-397-6000 or by going to their website by clicking this link.

Charles K. Eckert