The Boardman Lions Club had a successful garage sale on Saturday, Sept. 7 and earned $1,021 that will be used for several worthy projects in the area.
"We didn't have many big ticket items," said Lions Club member Judy Jones. "Most of what we had were a quarter, but we still managed to make a decent amount."
One big surprise visit came from First Covenant Church, which was across the street from Joni Blase's home, where the sale was held.
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The Boardman Lions Garage Sale was so tempting that even the bride and groom couldn't stay away. The newlyweds exited First Covenant Church in Boardman, saw the big garage sale, and went shopping for the first time as man and wife. Pictured are Lions Laura Sobotka and Kathy Collins, bride Aliesha and groom Ryan Gerchak, and Lions Joni Blase, Betsy Koch and Gary Sobotka.
"We hold the sale at Joni's house because we can use the church parking lot," Jones said. "We didn't know there would be a wedding that day."
When the wedding was over, the bride and groom exited the church and saw the sale going on. Newlyweds Ryan and Aliesha Gerchak decided it would be fun to visit the sale. The couple, along with their wedding guests, walked to the Blase home and made some purchases.
Jones said a portion of the money earned from the sale will go towards the annual Coats for Kids program in a few months. This program offers new coats to Boardman children who can't afford to buy one. Jones said some of the money will go to other programs the Boardman Lions support, such as a local charity that provides quilts to children in hospitals.