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Yard sale helps send Bethany seniors to the Oklahoma State Fair

Donations are needed for the Grace Living Center Bethany yard sale in September
BY AMANDA CRASE, For The Oklahoman Published: August 15, 2014

The smells of fried corn dogs and funnel cakes.

The sights of award-winning livestock, pies and jams.

The sound of “step right up, everyone’s a winner” being called out over squeals of joy from children on carnival rides.

Those memories are as vivid today for older Oklahomans as they were in childhood, and Grace Living Center Bethany hopes to help keep them alive for its residents again this year.

“When I was younger the fair was always the event of the year, and even to this day it is something I get excited to go to,” said Grace Living Center resident Pat Lee, 75. “I love getting to eat all the interesting fried foods. The strawberry crepes are my favorite fair dessert!”

Activities Director Andrea Anfuso says the trip to the Oklahoma State Fair is the highlight of the year for many of the home’s residents. That’s why she and other staff members devote hours to helping raise the extra money needed to cover the costs of the outing. It was Anfuso who came up with the idea of hosting a massive yard sale.

“We apply for free admission for the residents through a program that is offered by the state fair, but we always like for them to have spending money to eat, shop and play games too,” Anfuso said.

Anfuso and fellow staff members donate items to the sale, but it is the generous donations from members of the community that help make it successful.

“We couldn’t do this without the support of the community and we welcome their donations,” Anfuso said, encouraging everyone to clear out the items they no longer want and help Grace find them new homes at the annual Grace yard sale, which is fast approaching.

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