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From RAGS to community riches

It only happens once a year. Just one time each year do local residents get to browse the largest garage sale in Kitsap County. It’s not just any garage sale, however, this one makes a full circle in helping our local communities.

This year’s RAGS (Rotary Annual Garage Sale) is from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. tomorrow, April 18 at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds Pavilion. With sale items ranging from computers, televisions and sporting goods to furniture, clothing and books, there’s sure to be something for everyone.

The entire Pavilion is transformed into a bevy of tables with slightly used treasures donated by the community. Proceeds from the one-day event go right back into the community through scholarships for local students as well as projects hosted throughout the year by members of the five local Rotary clubs — Bremerton Noon, East Bremerton, Silverdale Noon, Silverdale Morning and South Kitsap. What better way to support the community? Not only are there great deals on a whole Pavilion full of items, but the money you spend goes right back into your neighborhood and to local youth. It doesn’t get any better than that.

RAGS not only supports the community, but it’s all about reusing goods. All items not sold at tomorrow’s event will be donated to local charities. For those who are always looking for some bidding fun, a silent auction also is scheduled for the event.

Whether you leave with a bag full of books and a few gardening supplies or a couple of chairs and a computer, every purchase, large and small, helps all of us in the community. Every purchase will go toward helping beautify a local park or helping a student reach their educational goals. There is no limit to what a community can do when people come together as one.

RAGS’ doors open early tomorrow, so remember the early bird gets the worm — or in this case, a community treasure that keeps on giving.

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