SPCA charity garage sale blows away previous record

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This year’s Prince Albert SPCA Paws of Hope Garage Sale raised about $29,300 -- a new record that blows away last year’s record-setting $22,000.

 

A crowd of people mingle about the Archie Anderson Pavilion during the Prince Albert SPCA’s annual Paws of Hope Garage Sale, which took place from Thursday to Saturday. 

“The norm is between $18,000 to $19,000,” Prince Albert SPCA manager Debbie Lehner explained.

“We’ve always been in that range, and last year was a new record last year, and then there’s this year.”

There’s no doubt in Lehner’s mind that the annual garage sale, which takes place over three days in early May at the Archie Anderson Pavilion at the Prince Albert Exhibition Grounds, will take place again next year.

“For the avid garage salers, they love this garage sale because there’s a little bit of everything,” she said. “I think with this being a really strong, popular, community event it allows for babies right up to our senior citizens to participate.”

Aiding in year’s record-breaking fundraising total was a truckload of about $24,000 worth of new items donated by Econo Lumber.

“We probably sold close to 80 per cent of it -- of course, at reduced prices,” Lehner said.

In the midst of an addition and renovation to the store, Econo Lumber founder and former owner Victor Lemieux said that it was a win-win for both sides.

“I’m an animal lover,” he explained of his and his business’s long-standing support of the organization.

“For anybody who has or loves animals, (supporting the SPCA is) a way to show that they need our protection and our ability to house them, (and) take care of them because they haven’t got the opportunity to do so.

For anybody who has or loves animals, (supporting the SPCA is) a way to show that they need our protection and our ability to house them, (and) take care of them because they haven’t got the opportunity to do so. Victor Lemieux

“Debbie Lehner and her staff are beyond belief -- They’re dedicated to that whole organization, and I give them all the credit. Also, the board of directors -- they’re all good people.”

All proceeds raised at the annual Paws of Hope garage sale -- at which all items were available by donation -- will go toward day-to-day operations, Lehner said.

“Within those operations it’s primarily tagged for veterinary care and animal rescue and investigation -- our highest cost to the shelter.”

Further testament to the community’s support of the SPCA is that staff members are currently preparing to move into their new community-funded building on North Industrial Drive.

“We should have had a new SPCA building a long time ago,” Lemieux said. “Finally after numerous years of fundraising and involvement of the community -- businesses, volunteers and individuals -- it’s finally come to reality.”

The move is expected to begin within the next few weeks -- a process the Daily Herald will continue to follow. 

Organizations: Daily Herald

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