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  • Writer's pictureLorna Hamilton

Lil Sweet Hosts Charity Garage Sale To Benefit Education


Some of Lil Sweet’s friends that were on hand helping her with her garage sale. From left, Val Smith, Gert Isert, Gloria deJong, and Keri Pullyblank. Photo Lorna Hamilton

Over the weekend of August 25th and 26th, a resident of Vermilion, Lil Sweet, demonstrated her dedication to community support by holding an expansive garage sale. The garage sale not only showcased her prized possessions but also contributed to the betterment of three local schools, namely J.R. Robson, Vermilion Elementary, and St. Jerome’s.

Sweet, along with her late husband Floyd, holds a revered legacy as educators within the County, amassing an impressive over 70 collective years in the teaching profession. Fueled by a desire to downsize her belongings as she prepares for an eventual move to a cozier residence, Lil seized the opportunity to make a meaningful impact on her community.

“When I embarked on the idea of hosting a garage sale to downsize in preparation for my eventual move, I was keen on channeling the proceeds towards a cause that holds immense value. Given the profound connection that both my late husband and I shared with the field of education, it was only natural for me to give back to the education community,” remarked Lil Sweet.

The bustling garage sale unfolded at 5402-50th Avenue in Vermilion, attracting a multitude of enthusiastic visitors throughout the weekend. Attendees were drawn by the eclectic assortment of items available, seeking to uncover hidden gems while contributing to the noble cause at hand.

The camaraderie of Lil Sweet’s friends, who graciously assisted with the sale, ensured a continuous influx of items to replenish the selection over the course of the two-day event.

“We also had over 30 students from the Emergency Training Centre sign up to help us with the sale. They were in groups of 4 - 12 at a time, and will also be helping us during the next sale dates. They decided to help because Lil is in her 80s and has no family. We cannot thank them enough,” stated Keri Pullyblank.

The captivating array of merchandise included everything from delicate trinkets and knick-knacks to substantial furnishings; it seemed that almost anything one could imagine was up for grabs, excluding perhaps the proverbial kitchen sink.

Buoyed by the success of this heartening endeavor, Lil Sweet has announced her intention to host another garage sale with the aim of further supporting local schools. Mark your calendars for the upcoming event, scheduled to take place on Friday, September 15th, from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday, September 16th, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. This presents a second chance for those who may have missed the previous weekend’s sale to partake in the dual delight of discovering cherished items and contributing to the advancement of education in the community.

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