Resurrection Catholic Church’s annual Joyous Junque yard sale raised more than $100,000 for a fourth consecutive year for area nonprofits.
On June 25, representatives from each of the 26 organizations gathered in a meeting room in the church’s basement to receive $104,000 in proceeds from the two-day sale. Joyous Junque organizers Jim and Gail Urban welcomed representatives from each nonprofit to the front of the room to receive a donation check.
“I can’t tell you how blessed we are to get this check,” said Rebecca Pierce, assistant principal at Staunton River High School. Pierce, like many of the representatives who spoke, shared how the donations would benefit them.
Mark Crouse, executive director for STEP Inc., said donations like the one from Joyous Junque help his organization provide assistance to individuals who need help. “We catch them, you give us the net,” he said.
Other representatives shared their amazement at how well-organized the sale is. “I don’t know how you do it, but you do it,” said Tom Foster of Shepherds Table of Bedford.
Proceeds from this year’s sale went to Agape Ministries, Bedford Christian Free Clinic, Bedford Community Christmas Station, Bedford Domestic Violence Services, Bedford Hospice Care, Bedford Pregnancy Center, Bedford Ride, Carilion Clinic Hospice of Franklin County, Food for Kids Weekend Pack-A-Sack Program, Franklin County Habitat for Humanity, Franklin County Perinatal Education Center, Free Clinic of Franklin County, Good Samaritan Hospice, Helping Hands of Franklin County, Henry Fork Service Center, Huddleston Elementary School, Lake Christian Ministries, Moneta Elementary School, RAM House, Shepherds Table of Bedford, SML Good Neighbors Inc., Southern Virginia Child Advocacy Center, Staunton River High School, STEP Inc., Stepping Stone Mission of Franklin County and St. Vincent de Paul Society.