A group of Purple Dragon students joined forces with National Council of Voluntary Organisations staff and other volunteers to hold a bag sale on Saturday March 25.

The $5 and $10 bag sale was held to move out previously donated items, making room for new donations. The 14 martial arts students – all of them at the brown and black belt levels – gave their time to help set up tents and tables for the early morning parking lot sale, and stayed around to assist customers.

“We think it is vital to teach our youth, by example, the importance, value and benefits of service in their community,” said Shihan Floyd Baptiste of Purple Dragon Cayman Islands.

Proceeds from the New to You Bargain Shop benefit the NCVO’s six children’s services programs including the John Gray Scholarship Grant, which assists college aged students with supplementary funding for university costs, and the Caring Cousins Lunch Programme, which assists students who need daily meals.

“We want to thank all our volunteers and donors, and of course, our customers for coming out and supporting us. We also want to say a big thank you to CEL and Pirates Week for loaning us their tents so that we could have cover from the sun for our customers,” said Mona Meade, NCVO Coordinator.

While there will be a few more large scale parking lot sales held throughout the year, Bargain Shop customers can benefit from the $5 bag discount for the next few weeks as the sale is continuing on select items throughout the store.

“If you are not sure what to do with leftover items from your garage sale then please consider donating them to the New to You Bargain Shop,” said Ms. Meade.

Items can be dropped off at the Richard Arch Children’s Centre or at the NCVO offices or the drop box, or by calling 949-2124 or 945-1078.

The NCVO office is located in the same building as Miss Nadine’s Preschool, behind the Cayman Islands Hospital, 90A Anthony Drive off Smith Road.

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