The Wayzata Community Church will hold its annual rummage sale Aug. 19 and 20.
Donations go directly to people in need, and the net proceeds go to outreach.
The first sale was started in 1921 by the Ladies Aid Society, the predecessor of the present Women's Fellowship and Ministries, according to the Church’s Web site.
Since then, the sale has grown to taking up most of the rooms on the Church’s first floor plus tents on the Church grounds during the week of the sale. Last year, the sale brought in $180,000.
“It raises a pretty significant chunk of cash,” Mission Outreach Board member Scott Reath said.
Church publicity volunteer Pat Halsten said the money goes into a grant fund.
“People apply for grants and we give them money,” Halsten said. “It doesn’t stay in the Church, so it’s not a typical church fundraiser.”
Grants are given as either money or "gift in kind," which is a grant of merchandise.
“It’s a cool deal,” Reath said. “We do an awful lot of good things.”

Here is the complete list of organizations that received grants from the 2008 sale:

Ascension Place
St. Anne’s Place
Assistance League of Minneapolis/St. Paul
Bridging, Inc.
Cabrini Partnership
Canine Companions for Independence
Centro Guadalupano
Children’s Chance
Christ for People with Developmental Disabilities
Church World Service
Corner House
Evergreen House, Inc.
Everyday Miracles Inc.
Friends of the Orphans
Friendship Ventures
Helping Paws
Inner City Tennis
International Village Clinic
Joyce Preschool
Kaleidoscope Place
Kids Care Connection
Mano a Mano International Partners
Meadow Lake Elementary
Music Association of Minnetonka
Peace House
Pilgrim Point Camp UCC
Salem WEST
Salvation Army Harbor Light Center BOLT Program
Southside Family Nurturing Center
Teens Alone
Twin Cities Community Voice Mail
Vail Place
Wayzata Community Church
WCC Nursery School Scholarship Endowment
West Suburban Grief Coalition

Ascension Place
Everyday Miracles, Inc.
Hennepin Ave. United Methodist Church
Interfaith Outreach and Community Partners
Jabbok Family Services
Lazarus Project
Mano a Mano International Partners
Oak Knoll Lutheran Church
Salvation Army Harbor Light Center
Salvation Army Harbor Light Center BOLT Program
Southside Family Nurturing Center
Supplemental Angels of Community Services
Wayzata Community Church
WCC Nursery School

Photo courtesy of Wayzata Community Church.