Relay for Life Trash and Treasure draws crowd to Mt. Lebanon

Sometimes a traffic jam is a good thing.

At least that’s the way Linda Smith at Mt. Lebanon Baptist Church felt about response to this year’s Relay for Life Trash and Treasure event.

Smith, co-coordinator of the event with Charlotte French, didn’t have a count on how many customers showed for the May 1 event but said response was strong judging from the amount of vehicles flowing into the parking lot.

“We had a huge traffic jam this year that we’ve never had that before,” she said. “It was wonderful. We raised $4,700, where as last year we did $3,600.”

Smith said Relay volunteers take donations the night before Trash and Treasure and often get a variety of both big and small ticket items ranging from furniture and appliances to household items and tools.

“We used every table we have in the church, and there were so many people!” she said.

Smith said the Relay members at Mt. Lebanon do not price items and simply depend on the generosity of customers attending the sale. “We don’t price anything, so to raise $4,700 off donations for what people take is a huge amount,” she said.

Smith said the congregation’s Relay team has passed the $17,000 mark in total money raised after Trash and Treasure event on May 1.

“We’re so thankful and blessed,” she said. “God has blessed us so well.”

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