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Anna Hilb, entrance, and Rev. David Brokke, the two missionaries of the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity, pack up unsold goods from the Minimal Flower Catholic Youth Firm rummage sale in the church basement. The missionaries took the items to St. Anne’s Thrift Retailer in Belcourt.


The once-a-year Tiny Flower Catholic Youth Business rummage sale introduced a constant stream of prospects to the Minor Flower Church basement on March 11 and 12.

Users of the youth team well prepared the basement with long tables crammed with clothing, shoes, books, and other assorted goods, then stood ready to assistance prospects who browsed via the stock.

Lisa Volk, CYO coordinator, said of the sale, “There was a substantial quantity of guidance from the group.”

Volk and CYO customers Carter Teigen, Zach Selensky, and Jacob Selensky joined Catholic missionaries for a meal of pizza and pop ahead of they tackled the position of packing up unsold products to ship them to St. Anne’s Thrift Shop in Belcourt.

“I labored the 1st change on Friday when we opened,” Volk reported, adding when she went down to the basement, “The lunch area was half whole. The doors ended up closed for the rummage sale and I considered they ended up having a assembly. I opened the doors and did not get the lights on and everyone started off coming in. It was like Black Friday with Xmas searching.

“I’m grateful for the help we have experienced not only from the donations from the neighborhood, but from the folks who came to shop,” Volk extra.

Volk mentioned prospects ranged from customers fascinated in odds and ends to persons who’d experienced tragedies.

“There was a spouse and children that was in this article yesterday and they ended up doing rather a ton of buying. I was informed afterwards that they experienced had a fireplace in their residence and they experienced nothing at all still left,” Volk explained. “So, it was shared with me that this was an option for them to restore what they’d missing.”

Buyers paid for their merchandise with no cost-will donations.

“That way, individuals donated what they have been ready to and snug with,” Volk explained. “We had an tremendous quantity of support.”

Teigen stated he and two fellow users worked for the previous component of the sale and were being glad to assistance the missionaries.

Teigen added, like all CYO activities, the thrift shop sale presents members an prospect to set the church’s “Three S” mission of spiritual, social and services into motion.

“We just started off packing up and we however have some remaining,” Teigen mentioned.

He said his loved ones donated infant clothing they no extended wanted and “everything from pajamas to sweatshirts and exterior wintertime gear.”

Teigen said the CYO participates in other routines to enable people today in will need.

He included, “What we do goes outside of helping the bad and underprivileged individuals. We do a ton of things for any person who demands a thing to assistance them. We donate objects to the Women’s Care Facility in Devils Lake to enable with females and their unborn toddlers. We have a large amount more methods that we enable.”

The missionaries who came from Belcourt to decide up the rummage sale items had support from learners with St. Paul’s Newman Middle at North Dakota State College in Fargo.

Asher Mercereau, an NDSU pupil volunteer explained, “We have a recurring mission vacation. I do not know how very long it’s been likely on but I went on it very last 12 months and I’m leading it this yr. It is a genuinely superior time to give up section of your spring break to support out.”

Rev. David Brokke, associate pastor at St. Anne’s Mission, is a missionary for the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity, or SOLT, who serves the lousy in communities all over the earth.

“We have 14 missionary volunteers who are up there in Belcourt and they assistance serve in a wide variety of capacities such as the thrift retail outlet,” Rev. Brokke said.

Rev. Brokke claimed while the SOLT missionaries aid operate the thrift store, the thought to create it arrived from Turtle Mountain resident Sandra Champagne.

“The major man or woman who’s in charge of the thrift store is Sandra Champagne — she’s our mom she’s our prepare dinner she’s all people to us,” Rev. Brokke explained. “She’s remarkable. She’s from the Turtle Mountains and she believed the store would be a good way to serve the neighborhood as properly as profit the church.

“As an case in point of the perform she’s performed, very last calendar year, by selling items priced 25 cents to $1, two several years back, she built $6,000 for the church,” Rev. Brokke mentioned. “This 12 months, it was $11,000. So, just about every Wednesday and just about every very first Saturday of the month, men and women are lining up to get merchandise from the thrift retail store.”

“I consider the retail outlet provides a needed company for family members who could be battling as a result of financial troubles to help them have apparel for their children or by themselves, primarily winter clothes that may be a minimal little bit tougher to get in wintertime. Just to have that as a provider to them is beneficial,” Rev. Brooke explained.

He explained he was happy to be a section of the mission, “Just to see everybody there (in their get the job done) is inspiring.”

Anna Hilb, who will help Champagne at the thrift retail store, also packed up unsold rummage sale things from the CYO rummage sale.

“It’s really astounding,” Hilb, an SOLT missionary from Alabama, explained of her perform. “It’s everyday living-changing in a way. It is fascinating and frightening, in a excellent way.”

Hilb said she assists Champagne “do a good deal of sorting garments and putting them out on the racks. Each individual Wednesday, we’re open up, so we’re in there helping her, encouraging people, ringing them up and bagging apparel.”

Hilb mentioned thrift shop consumers enjoy the wide range of goods for sale.

“They never have a ton of alternatives for dresses buying,” Hilb said. “Walmart’s about 40 minutes away and right here are dollar retailers about 10 miles away.”

“On Wednesdays, the parking lot’s packed,” Hilb additional. “And the dresses aren’t as high priced, simply because it is a next-hand store. People today can buy clothes for their children or on their own, or invest in great shoes. We also give garments to the homeless there and a lot of dresses go to (St. Anne’s Mission University) as well. We have sent a large amount of snow pants, jackets, hats and gloves and footwear to the college for kids to use.

“It’s exciting to go and glance about,” Hilb added. “It’s anything to do. Also, a lot of the persons in the Belcourt neighborhood donate merchandise, mainly because they know how crucial it is for the support to go back out.”

St. Anne’s Thrift Store is open up the initially Saturday of just about every month from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and each individual Wednesday from 4-7 p.m. For far more information and facts, phone (701) 477-5601.


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