Leftover Lifesavers

The First Presbyterian Church of Metuchen supports over 30 local and worldwide charities with proceeds from our unique rummage sale. Many supporters of the rummage sale have asked, what then happens after the rummage sale, what happens after the crowds have disappeared, what happens to the clothes and knick-knacks leftover at the end of the day?

The First Presbyterian Church has 32 years of rummage sale experience a but it’s been a long journey. Local organizations such as Meals on Wheels, Kiddie Keep Well Camp, Habitat for Humanity, Women Helping Women, Ozanam Shelter, Elijah’s Promise, Amanda’s Crossing, Lupus Foundation and many more receive support from the sales proceeds, but there were still clothes and items leftover.


Through an organization called Giving for Living, run by Roland Dib, remaining items are shipped to developing countries in Africa and South America in empty banana containers returning to their ports of origin. The process was simple, the banana boats come overseas filled with produce but returned to port empty. Giving for Living was willing to pack and ship our leftover clothes and items with help from volunteers and distribute to places with real needs.

This is another vehicle for our church and our mission outreach to serve our community and in turn serve a community abroad. We are reaching across local communities, oceans and continents to help others help themselves. Thank you for your support over the past 32 years and for years to come.

Cindy O’Neill
Barbara Bauch
Co-Chairs Rummage Sale
First Presbyterian Church of Metuchen

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