Mooroopna Anglican Church parishioners dug deep to donate hundreds of items for the church’s annual garage sale last weekend.
More than 500 people flooded through the doors early on Saturday morning to raise $4300 for chaplaincy programs at Mooroopna Park and Mooroopna Primary schools.
‘‘Everything was so cheap and we had people lining up before the doors even opened,’’ mission secretary Ingrid Mauger said.
‘‘We had items from plants to homemade goods, craft gifts, furniture, camping gear, artwork, clothing, toys and tools for sale.’’
Last year the church raised $3500 and the funds helped build a well in Cambodia.
ACCESS ministries’ chaplain Ros McPherson said this year’s funds would help provide more lunchtime chaplaincy programs for the two local schools.
‘‘Chaplaincy provides a chance for kids who might not want to go outside and kick a footy to do something else at recess or lunchtime,’’ Ms McPherson said. ‘‘It helps kids improve their social skills through classroom-based activities and we also connect families to local community groups.’’
Ms Mauger said there was more to the garage sale than just the fundraising aspect.
‘‘There were so many lovely interactions and it was really about bringing the community together,’’ she said.
‘‘We welcomed people who had never been to the church before through our doors, which was really special.’’