Giving back to the community can be as easy as cleaning out the closet.

On Tuesday, tables filled the Raymond Center as volunteers sort through the myriad donations that have been dropped of for the annual Community Sale. From clothing, toys, electronics and furniture; the array of items received takes an entire week to sort, fold and separate in preparation for the sale.

Donations are still rolling in, with volunteers scheduled to make pick-ups of larger items such as furniture. The community sale is an annual event that has been going on for the last 28 years in Williston. Formerly hosted by Mercy Medical Center, the Williston Basin United Way now spearheads the sale and uses funds raised to help meet the needs of area non-profits and the residents they serve.

Approximately 30 organizations in the area will benefit from the sale, including the Adult Learning Center, the Salvation Army, Family Voices of North Dakota, as well various youth sports organizations who use the funding to offer income based scholarships. The sale is a major fundraiser for the United Way, allowing them to assist these other organizations as they give back to the community they serve.

The Community Sale takes place from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, with a silent auction from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. For those planning to arrive early, there will be concessions starting at 7:30. According to Sabrina Ramey, interim director of Williston Basin United Way, people are often lined up at the door waiting to get in and see what treasures they’ll be able to find.

“We open the doors and they just burst through.” she said. “We usually have a big mountain of boxes here, and a lot of them will grab a box and just start filling.”

Absent from this year’s sale is the inclusion of a live auction, but United Way is looking for a beneficiary to host a live auction for next year’s sale.

“We truly appreciate the support of our friends and neighbors as we continue the Community Sale tradition,” Ramey said. “The live auction is an area we thought another group could benefit from, and we hope to continue offering this partnership opportunity annually.”

Donations for the sale are still being accepted through the week, and can be dropped off at the west door of the Raymond Center. Anyone with larger items such as furniture can schedule a pickup by calling 701-609-6259.

Groups interested in benefiting from the Community Sale or to host next year’s live auction  can contact Williston Basin United Way at 701-609-6259 or email



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