Rev. Deb Beloved Church jumps for joy on a pogo stick Saturday following a successful parking lot sale to raise funds to two Navajo partnership projects. Courtesy photo
The Parking Lot Sale at White Rock Presbyterian Church Saturday drew a good-sized crowd. Courtesy photo
BY JENNIFER HOLMES
Rev. Deb Beloved Church was pogo-jumping for joy at the outpouring of community support for White Rock Presbyterian Church’s Saturday morning parking lot sale fundraiser, which raised over $1500 for two Navajo partnership projects. The money raised will be split between Nihitaa’ Binaanish (https://www.binaanish.org/about-us.html), a mentoring and self-help nonprofit working out of Bread Springs, NM, and Chinle Planting Hope (https://www.chinleplantinghope.com), a Diné-led community development program in Chinle, AZ. At the conclusion of the sale, Pastor Deb reflected, “What an honor and a privilege to serve as pastor to this small but mighty congregation who give of themselves so willingly–this time in support of our Navajo siblings; AND to serve in the midst of this community, who consistently and cheerfully join with us in our efforts through their support of these annual sales!”
WRPC’s third annual “Parking Lot Sale” had nothing for sale–shoppers could take what they wanted and donate any amount if they chose to, with the understanding that 100% of the funds raised would go to Native-led partnerships on the Navajo Nation. Many community members were eager to support WRPC in their efforts to partner with, learn from, and serve alongside our Native neighbors. WRPC member Joyce Haven served as the Parking Lot Sale Coordinator again this year. She notes that, “Our hope was to have a haggle-free environment where treasure hunting and friend connections could happen. It was good to see the parking lot full, people chatting, and items finding new homes. We are most thankful for the generosity and support of the community.”
WRPC also collaborated with Cathy Schaller of the Los Alamos Asylum Aid Project, handing over many of the unsold clothing items and stuffed animals to be delivered to Mariposa Ranch Colores United in Deming, NM.
WRPC continues to collect children’s books in good condition for Chinle Planting Hope Bookmobile to be delivered in mid-November. If you have books to donate, please contact WRPC church office at (505)672-3682 or firstname.lastname@example.org. If you’d like to add a financial contribution to the proceeds of the sale, you are encouraged to do so at wrpchurch.com or by mailing a check to WRPC at 310 Rover Blvd., White Rock, NM 87547. Ahéhee’! Thank you!
WRPC members volunteer at Saturday’s parking lot sale Courtesy photo