Household items and Christmas decorations have helped make Howards Creek Community Center what it is today â€” a publicly accessible building in western Lincoln County.
More than 10 years ago a group of people rallied to reopen the old school. A petition was taken to the county commission and a goal was set to raise $18,000 for renovations and improvements.
Raffles, yard sales and private donations brought in the money.
â€œWe had some very generous donors,â€ said Carolyn Harmon, who has been behind the project since the start.
The yard sale and raffle event that kicked off the project has become a tradition in west Lincoln, Harmon said. The group now holds the event on the first Saturday of May each year.
This yearâ€™s event will be Saturday from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Breakfast biscuits will be served, and raffle tickets will be sold.
Raffle items include a set of new tires, a gift certificate to Loweâ€™s Home Improvement Center and a gift certificate to the Homeplace. The group has a lofty goal.
â€œWe try to sell a thousand raffle tickets a year,â€ said Harmon.
What will be sold at the yard sale isnâ€™t known yet. Items have been dropped off all this week. Volunteers will tackle the mound of donations this evening to set prices.
â€œItâ€™s interesting the things that wind up down there,â€ said Harmon. â€œSometimes we have trees, shrubs and plants.â€
Money raised from the event will be used for landscaping the property. Most recently a walking trail was added to the property. Harmon said the group wants to add some trees to make the area more aesthetically pleasing.
Howards Creek Community Center is currently used for community gatherings, Girl Scout meetings, voting and private parties.
Harmon said it is great to see the old school in use.
â€œOur expectations have been exceeded,â€ she said. â€œThe community at large has been very generous to support us.â€
The Howards Creek Community Center raffle and yard sale will be Saturday from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the center. For more information call 704-735-6333.by Diane Turbyfill