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Sunday, July 18, 2010

East West Benefit Yard Sale

On Saturday, the Ananda Palo Alto community hosted a huge yard sale as a fundraiser for East West Bookstore. Hundreds of items were donated, from books to videos to clothes to furniture to electronics, and much more. And of course, since Ananda and East West were involved, there was an entire table of spiritual items for sale, including devotional statues, prayer beads, meditation benches and cushions, and many spiritual books, CDs, and DVDs. A lot of lucky bargain-hunters went away with some real treasures.

We even branched out a bit from typical yard sale fare. Susan, Cheryl, and Graham showed up with around 160 baked items: chocolate chip (and other) cookies, brownies (in white chocolate chunk and peanut butter varieties), and several kinds of muffins. The goodies very nearly sold out, and the leftovers were easily taken care of after service on Sunday.

The final count isn't in yet, but Santosh was estimating that we probably raised about $1600-1700 for East West. And even aside from that, it was a very fun service opportunity for everyone who got to help make it happen (too many to list!). Many thanks to everyone who came out and supported the event!

2 comments:

Zachi Baharav said...

The cookies were awesome - They didn't even make it home: We finished them on our way back... Thanks!

And Carmel found the perfect gift she was looking for: an old-fashioned phone. We brought it to a good use right away.

Indeed, was a great event!

Graham said...

That was an awesome phone. I'm glad it works!

Another of my favorite items was an electric cord organ. It looked like a plug-in harmonium (so you don't have to pump it) but had easy chord buttons on the side, like an autoharp. Hilarious. I was glad to see that it went home with someone, too.

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