The David and Margaret Youth and Family Services held a community yard sale Tuesday to fund raise for future projects to help improve their facilities for foster children.
The foster organization has been in La Verne since 1910 assisting more than 1,400 at-risk youth annually.
All proceeds from the yard sale will go towards the campaign for David and Margaret Youth and Family Services, which will help fund the future Cedar Springs Village for foster children. The village will have increased housing, a community center and work force training center for youth transitioning out of foster care.
Some cottages that were originally built in 1970 will be given a face lift with modern renovations.
“This will also help with extending the programs that we already offer to make sure we are offering the best that we can for our foster children,” said Julie Griffith, publicity coordinator for the David and Margaret Youth and Family Services.
With the weather on their side, a steady flow of visitors from the community came to explore the various items for sale.
The yard sale had three tables with items ranging from 50 cents and below to five dollars and above. Shoes, DVD’s, clothing, paintings and other household items were for sale. The positive environment and uplifting attitudes of staff and volunteers attracted families to the yard sale.
“You come here thinking that you are here helping them, but you leave with the feeling that they helped you,” retired fifth grade teacher Lori Bergman said.
“The staff and the young people who live here are just wonderful and just an amazing place for a retired teacher like myself who, misses being able to helping students.”
David and Margaret has opportunities for anyone who wants to volunteer to change a child’s life. The yard sale is just one of many events that the David and Margaret House has to attract people to the campus.
Guests and volunteers are able to learn more about the organization and offer assistance to the foster home. “The focus was also to help with foster care and adoption for the agency,” Ana Dominguez, a social worker for David and Margret, said.
“To really get our name out there for adoption and foster care for the children that a looking for a loving home.”
Dominguez and Griffith both encouraged going to the David and Margaret website to see upcoming events, how to help foster children and give them a safe, loving home.
For more information, visit davidandmargaret.org.
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