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From jewelry, to household furnishings, to board games, the Roudenbush Community Center town-wide yard sale offered old and new items at affordable prices.
The annual event took place on Sept. 19 on the lawn of the Frost School, where shopping began at 8 a.m. and continued until midday. But this year shoppers and sellers wore face masks and tried to keep 6 feet of distance between each other — an outcome of the pandemic virus that has dominated social mores since mid-March.
Westford resident Carol Timm set up a table of for sale items for no other reason than to connect with people.
“We actually wanted to just get out in the community because we’ve been locked up and away from people,” she said. “It’s nice to be out.”
For Timm, who moved to Westford from Oregon three years ago, Mother Nature cooperated by providing a crisp autumn air and lots of of sunshine.
Retired library teacher Sandy Kelly was selling face masks to benefit Kevin LaCoste, principal of the Robinson Elementary School in Westford. In July 2019, LaCoste fell out of a tree in his yard and severely damaged his spinal cord, leaving him with no movement below his shoulders.
Earlier this month, Kelly said she delivered a check for $1,000 to LaCoste — proceeds from another yard sale.
“All the finances go to Kevin LaCoste,” she said.
Finances were also the reason why members of WestfordCAT’s staff and board of trustees were selling items at the yard sale. The community access TV station is struggling to close a budget gap as Comcast and Verizon lose subscribers to such services as Hulu and Netflix. Fewer subscribers reduces the percentage carriers are required to give to municipalities.
Board President Kristi Bates said her board members has been doing fundraising events this summer, including an online auction mid summer and another virtual auction that ran from Sept. 18 – 19 .
“…Especially during COVID times, we’re trying to think of ways to help the community. We’ve been reaching out for donations…,” she said.
All proceeds will support WestfordCAT, Bates said.