Woman’s Club flea market set for Oct. 17

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POINT PLEASANT BEACH — The Woman’s Club of Point Pleasant will host a flea market on Saturday, Oct. 17, raising money for the club’s continuation of charitable outreach to the local community. 

Shoppers will have the chance to pick up secondhand treasures at the market, held from 9 a.m to 3 p.m at the clubhouse, 513 St. Louis Ave.

Carol Goch, WCPP communications chair, said she hopes the community will come out and support the club in one of their only fundraisers held this year. 

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Ms. Goch said the clubhouse stage is packed with items for the sale, including donated treasures, household items, knick-knacks and more. 

In a change to the market this year, the woman’s club will not be selling clothes or food. 

“Usually we have a baked goods table, but this year, because of restrictions, we’re not going to have it,” said Ms. Goch.

The club will limit the number of people in the building to around 20 at a time, she said. Those wishing to shop will have to wait in line outside and social distance, but Ms. Goch said the line should move quickly. The market will have a strict rule requiring masks at all times at the sale.

Ms. Goch said the club members are happy to be able to hold a fundraiser during these extremely tough times. 

“We’re going to give it a try, that’s about all we can do,” said Ms. Goch. “It’s really been tough. It’s really been tough for every club, not just ours.”

She said by this time in the year, the club usually would already have held some events and raised funds for various projects. Normally, the club makes donations to the local police and fire departments, but this year, there is no money to give. 

“We’re really strapped for funds, which everybody is,” said Ms. Goch.

The club usually holds its chili cookoff and large gift auction during the fall, but with large attendance for both those events, the club was forced to look to other fundraisers. 

“We’re at the point now where we need to raise the money for projects that we want to do and this is one way we can do it,” said Ms. Goch. “We’re hoping this will be a big success so that we can do what we normally do.”

The fundraiser this year will go toward the club’s Operation Chill, supporting homeless veterans in New Jersey, as well the club’s annual holiday giving donations through Operation Yellow Ribbon. 

The club is collecting completed stockings, filled to the top and stitched shut, to send to troops overseas. The club also collects monetary donations which will help members purchase items and fill as many stockings as possible to be sent to our troops overseas.

Operation Yellow Ribbon is a 501 [c][3] non-profit organization composed entirely of volunteers. These volunteers show support for United States Military forces serving in the Middle East, including Iraq and Afghanistan, and those supporting Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Inherent Resolve.

For more information on the club, their events or how to help, visit Facebook.com/pointpleasantwc/.

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