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Yard sale fundraiser Saturday at SAFFT
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Forsyth County News

At a glance

• What: SAFFT yard sale fundraiser

• When: 8 a.m. to noon Saturday; donated items will be accepted from 9 a.m. to noon today

• Where: SAFFT Visitation Center, 608 Veterans Memorial Blvd.

• For more information, call (770) 886-9505 or e-mail

A local organization that supports foster and adoptive families will have a yard sale fundraiser this weekend.

Ashley Anderson, executive director of SAFFT, which stands for Supporting Adoption and Foster Families Together, said the event will be held from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at its visitation center, 608 Veterans Memorial Blvd.

Donations of items for the sale are also being accepted from the public from 9 a.m. to noon today at the center.

“We’ve had a lot of stuff donated already,” Anderson said. “We’re just kind of doing one last donation drop off.”

As for items, Anderson said those attending can expect “a little of everything.”

“We’ll have furniture and toys, equipment, there’ll even be hardware supplies, TVs, patio furniture, all kinds of stuff,” she said. “We’re just not doing any stuffed animals or clothes.”

This will be the organization’s second yard sale event.

“The first one was our very first fundraiser back in 2009, and we were able to raise about $5,000 from the sale,” Anderson said. “But we had sponsors and we made it into a really big deal.

“This year, it’s something kind of small that we’re just doing and we’re really hoping the weather holds out for us.”

As for a fundraising goal, Anderson said she would just like to raise “as much as possible.”

“Every little bit helps,” she said.

For those who may be unfamiliar with SAFFT, Anderson said the organization “does exactly what the name says.”

She said among the activities of the organization are providing items to adopted and foster children such as clothes, backpacks and meals, and awarding them scholarships.

SAFFT also holds monthly “family night out” events and at least two large socials a year, Anderson said.

“[Those] provide a chance for all the families to get together and the kids to play and have a good time,” Anderson said.

“We also provide our visitation center at no charge to our families involved in [Department of Family and Children Services] and Juvenile Court,” she added. “The purpose is to provide safe, supervised visitation in a comfortable, homelike environment so families can have meaningful interaction with each other.”

Anderson is hoping for a large turnout Saturday.

“We would love the support,” she said. “We’d love for them to come and get more information about us, to shop the sale, and to just come and support us so we can continue supporting the foster and adoptive children of Forsyth County and their families.”