Richview Baptist Church is gearing up for its eighth annual Garage Sale to benefit its ongoing youth missions to Nicaragua.
Over the last seven years, the Richview Baptist Church has sent members of its youth group to Nicaragua numerous times, where they’ve drilled a well that provides water for more than 3,000 people, built four chlorinators which each provide 30,000 gallons of clean water a day to the villages they serve, and have built two homes for families who formerly lived in shacks, said Richview’s youth group leader Paul Payne.
In doing so, Payne said his young charges have also “raised the quality of life for many Nicaraguans” – an experience that has “changed our youth’s perspective on the quality of life they live in Canada and on their understanding of how the poor live and survive.”
This summer, on Aug. 17, Payne and another group of 22 youth and adults will return to the highlands of Nicaragua once again to continue providing villagers there with access to clean water.
To achieve those ends, Richview Baptist is now reaching out to the community for donations of books, toys, housewares, clothing, furniture, electronics and other goods that can be sold at their upcoming Garage Sale, where all proceeds benefit the church’s upcoming youth trip to Nicaragua.
Richview Baptist Church, located at 1548 Kipling Ave. (two blocks north of Eglinton Avenue), will now be accepting donated items every Sunday morning from 9:30 to 10 a.m., and every Tuesday evening from 7 to 7:30 p.m.
This year’s indoor fundraising Garage Sale will take place on Saturday, May 11 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The rain or shine event will feature a barbecue, live reptile show, silent auction and raffles.
For more information, go to www.richview.org