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Basin United Way Vice President Kami Dornfeld arranges items for the 2019 Community Sale, held Saturday May 18 at the Raymond Family Community Center in Williston.

Whether you’ve got too much clutter taking up space in your closet, garage and basement or you have a home that needs to be filled, the Basin United Way Community Sale is the perfect place to be!

For more than 25 years Williston has hosted the annual sale, filling the Raymond Family Community Center with veritable smorgasbord of rummage sale items. Everything from baby clothes, books, and housewares to building materials, appliances and furniture can be found at this year’s sale. Donations come from all around the area, with residents bringing literal truckloads of items to contribute to the sale.

Doors open at 8 a.m. on Saturday, May 18, but Basin United Way Vice President Kami Dornfeld said there are always a line of early birds waiting to get in, with some lining up around 7 a.m. to make sure they get the pick of the sale’s items. Returning to this year’s sale is the often anticipated live auction, with proceeds benefiting Family Voices of North Dakota, a local non-profit group that provides support to children and youth with special health care needs. United Way teams with non-profits for the sale, with volunteers helping to organize and put the sale together.

“The Mercy Sale, historically, always chose a different organization each year,” Dornfeld explained. “When Mercy decided to step away from heading it up, United Way took it on, thinking that it fit United Way’s mission, because we service 32 non-profit organizations within Williston. We like to spotlight a different non-profit every year, to try and make a little extra money for their organization and it gives us a little extra help at the sale, so it’s a good partnership.”

Heather Wheeler, an advocate with Family Voices, has been working feverishly over the past few weeks to secure items for the live auction, which her organization is spearheading. Wheeler said there are many great items of interest for people to bid on, including a Campari inflatable wooden-bottom boat, a UND Fighting Hawks hockey jersey signed by the team, and an authenticated autographed Mike Tyson boxing glove, worn during a fight with Evander Holyfield. One particularly exciting donation, Wheeler said, given by Coca-Cola of Williston is a 1999 Dodge Club Cab 2500 pickup truck.

Along with the live auction, the Community Sale will also feature a silent auction, featuring a number of items such as baby supplies, art materials, home and holiday decor and a variety of themed gift baskets. This year’s sale features many types of home improvement items, such as window coverings, bathroom and light fixtures and construction material, along with all the other household good. Dornfeld said that makes the sale a perfect stop for people who have just moved to the area, college students moving out on their own and anyone looking to find a few items to spruce up their home.

Donations for the sale and the auction can be dropped off until the evening of Friday, May 17 at the Raymond Center. Any donations for the auction must be specified. The Community Sale and silent auction begin at 8 a.m., with the live auction beginning at 10 a.m.

Western Star Gymnastics will be helping with concession, which will open at 7:30 a.m. The Raymond Family Community Center is located along 11th Street West in Williston.

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