Sebring girl plans yard sale to help homeless shelter

SEBRING- As the summer activities heat up, a Sebring elementary student is turning her attention to those less fortunate than herself.

For the past month Carrie Burns has been collecting books and movies, toys and clothes from family members and church friends which will be sold to raise funds for Akron’s Haven of Rest Ministries.

The 11-year-old just finished up the fifth grade at Sebring’s B.L. Miller Elementary. But instead of basking in the glow of a new summer, she is spearheading a yard sale to benefit the children at the homeless shelter.

The yard sale is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday and Friday at her home, 165 W. Indiana St.

According to Carrie, who has aunts and uncles currently and formerly employed at the homeless shelter, she developed the idea for a yard sale last month so that she could help out. The church which Carrie attends with her family, the Community Bible Church in Westville, often supports the ministry, setting an example for her to follow.

“I wanted to raise the money so [the ministry] can get the things they need (for the children),” she explained.

Carrie has collected donations from family and church members in addition to contributing items from her immediate family. In addition to books, movies, toys and clothes, at this time the sale will also feature a bed frame and bicycles.

With some assistance from her mother, Beth Burns, Carrie has handled all aspects of the sale, from the initial idea to collecting donations to creating signs for advertisement.

“Hopefully people come out,” Carrie said, reiterating that the proceeds are going to help children in need.