Cloud 9 gives back

WEDDINGTON – Spring is less than a month away, and parents likely are preparing to swap out children’s winter coats, boots and long pants for shorts, T-shirts and sandals.

(Above) Kids from Southbrook Christian Preschool help with Pantry Packs.

(Above) Kids from Southbrook Christian Preschool help with Pantry Packs.

Southbrook Church’s annual Cloud 9 Consign spring sale gives area families the opportunity to sell the warm-weather clothes their children have outgrown and shop for gently-used clothing growing kids can wear in the coming months.

But Cloud 9 Consign is about more than simply offering clothing and other items at affordable prices – it’s a way for the community to help Southbrook give back to those less fortunate through a variety of outreach endeavors and partnerships.

“It’s an outreach to the community because they have the opportunity to come and be able to buy clothes (that are) inexpensive, and the proceeds that we do raise tie back into ministries and missions,” said Kathy Johnston, who heads up the sale’s outreach
efforts.

Cloud 9 Consign will take place March 7, a Friday, from 6 to 8 p.m. and March 8, a Saturday, from 8 a.m. to noon followed by a half-price sale on selected items from 1 to 3 p.m. The sale will feature more than 50,000 items including children’s clothes for all ages and sizes, toys, furniture and more. All items pass a “quality control” test – which filters out items that aren’t in top-notch condition due to stains, missing buttons or other noticeable signs of wear.

Proceeds from the sale will benefit ministries at Southbrook including its Mothers of Preschoolers, or MOPS, ministry, as well as various local
nonprofits.

“Our focus is donating to the community,” Johnston said. “We try to keep (our outreach) within a 10- to 15-mile radius.”

In addition, Southbrook encourages shoppers and consignors to help with outreach efforts by bringing food items for the church’s Pantry Packs ministry, which provides weekend meals to children in need at Benton Heights Elementary School of the Arts.

Consignors who bring five items for Pantry Packs when dropping off merchandise for the sale will be entered into a drawing for $25 in Cloud 9 Bucks to use on any items at the sale. Shoppers who bring three items for Pantry Packs can shop at the preview sale on March 7 at 5 p.m. Items needed for Pantry Packs include cans of vegetables, fruit, soup, beans or tuna; jars of peanut butter or jelly; and boxed
cereal.

Consigners are given the option of donating the items that don’t sell to Southbrook’s outreach ministries. The church will donate left over items to local nonprofits With Love from Jesus, the H.E.L.P. Crisis Pregnancy Center, The Closet Ministry and Turning Point Domestic Violence Shelter.

Southbrook also is connecting with nine shoppers in need prior to the sale, offering them $50 in Cloud 9 Bucks to use on anything they need at the sale – a program Johnston said means a lot to recipients each year.

“One lady was just in tears,” Johnston said, reflecting on a past recipient. “She couldn’t believe how much she could get … The biggest thing we’ve gotten is the appreciation that there (are) no strings
attached.”

Cloud 9 Consign, which also hosts a sale in the fall, has grown into one of the premiere children’s consignment sales in the area since its inception – something Jennifer Rimiller, one of the sale’s organizers, credits to its outreach
efforts.

“I think our sale is a lot different because we put a lot more attention on the ministry and reaching out to the community as opposed to getting (the merchandise) out there and selling it,” Rimiller said. “We have a hospitality team focused on just greeting people and talking to them (at the sale). … Really, I think it’s just our interaction with people and the experience they have that keeps them coming
back.”

People wishing to consign or volunteer at the event can register at www.cloud9consign.blogspot.com. Find more information on the sale at its Facebook page, “Cloud 9 Consign.”

 

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