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Digging African wells and selling old TVs: North Bend man's yard sale fundraising for humanitarian work

Organizing a summer yard sale benefiting an African mission, Don Baunsgard is pictured here with Trinity, a baby he named during a trip to Uganda. - Courtesy photo
Organizing a summer yard sale benefiting an African mission, Don Baunsgard is pictured here with Trinity, a baby he named during a trip to Uganda.
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North Bend residents should be prepared for another party. Next weekend, North Bend resident Don Baunsgard and the Snoqualmie Valley Alliance Church are throwing a large scale yard sale from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday, July 26 and 27, at North Bend Elementary School, to raise money for humanitarian efforts in Uganda.

Baunsgard began planning and collecting donations for the yard sale in early January. Currently he has 10 full storage units of hand-selected and sorted donations.  Items for sale include 20 TVs, 20 bikes, dozens of musical instruments, multiple hardwood dining-room tables and chairs, 50 bags of new and used clothing and a 1946 stand-up piano.

“There is going to be something for everyone,” Baunsgard said.

He hopes to raise $15,000 in order to dig wells and purchase mosquito nets to protect children from malaria. According to UNICEF 4,000 children die every day from infected drinking water and an additional 3,000 children die from malaria.

“I had to do something,” said Baunsgard. So he decided he wanted to throw the biggest yard sale the Valley had ever seen.

Early birds who want to get to the yard sale treasures before anyone else can pay $5 to shop during the early bird special from 6 to 8 a.m.

Four bands playing a variety of musical styles will be playing on Friday and Saturday. Costco hot dogs, pop and chips will be available for $5 so that shoppers can snack while they peruse the bargains. Childcare is also provided.

Contact Baunsgard at (425) 590-7615.

 

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