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Duneland Resale celebrates four years at 801 Broadway

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Duneland Resale will celebrate "4 Years at 801 Broadway" during regular business hours on Thursday, September 19, with special sales and surprises.

Gift certificates for adults and small gifts for children will be awarded during the fun celebration.

Duneland Resale began March 24, 2001 on Calumet Avenue as a mission project. On April 4, 2002, it was incorporated as a community based, not-for-profit organization, and recognized by the IRS as a charity. The Resale soon outgrew that location and moved across the street, to the corner of Calumet Rd. and Wabash Ave.

The next move was to 534 Broadway where it stayed for five years.

Then in September, 2009, after extensive remodeling by hundreds of volunteers, Duneland Resale celebrated a grand opening at the present location, 801 Broadway, Chesterton.

Duneland Resale is a God-centered, not-for-profit organization of volunteers, dedicated to helping others. Presently 95 volunteers, representing more than 20 area churches, give their time to make this mission a success.

Quality used clothing and merchandise, which is donated from the community, is recycled and sold. Proceeds are used to assist service agencies, various missions, and community needs.

To date, Duneland Resale has given back more than $1,700,000.00 in cash and merchandise to fulfill their mission of helping those in need. Not only has Duneland Resale given money and in-kind donations throughout the year, but also many of the volunteers join together in other community endeavors.

Resale volunteers sponsored the annual Bark for Life and had a team to support Duneland's Relay for Life. Volunteers also had a team for Rebuilding Together-Duneland and sponsored the Alzheimer's Walk in Michigan City. Resale volunteers belong to the "Second Chance Singers" and participate in the Chesterton Advent Festival every December.

During the past year over 800 books, A Miracle In Progress, were sold. This book is a celebration of the incredible journey of Duneland Resale, with volunteers sharing their stories. The book was spearheaded and edited by Ann Howard, with the help of many others. Copies of the book may be purchased at Duneland Resale for $10 and all proceeds from the book go toward missions.

More than three years ago, Duneland Resale expanded their mission by sharing their building with both the Westchester Neighbors Food Pantry and the Duneland Medical Equipment Loan Closet. Duneland Resale charges each of these agencies only one dollar per year.

The Westchester Neighbors Food Pantry is open every other Tuesday from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. The next distribution will be on October 1.

The Medical Equipment Closet is open every Tuesday from 1:00 to 3:45 p.m. and on Saturdays from 9:30 to 11:45 a.m.



Posted 9/17/2013