On June 9 and 10, the rink will be filled with children’s toys, furniture, clothing, sporting goods, jewelry, books, housewares and more all to be sold to benefit Kemptville District Hospital (KDH).
Hey Day is the KDH Auxiliary’s main fundraiser for the year and they usually raise thousands of dollars to buy equipment for the hospital. Last year a portion of the money was used to buy televisions and cable for all the patient rooms at KDH. “Last year was extremely successful and we’re hoping this year will exceed our expectations,” says Jolene Stover, the member of the auxiliary in charge of Hey Day.
All the goods sold at Hey Day come from community donations. On the Wednesday and Thursday before the event, people come in droves to the curling club (on Reuben Street near Riverside Park) to drop off items for sale. The donations are then sorted into various categories and inspected to be sure they are fit to be sold. “We are completely reliant on donations and volunteers,” Jolene says.
Admission to Hey Day is free and there will be lots going on other than the sale itself. Tickets are currently being sold at the grocery stores around town for a 50/50 draw, there will be a silent auction as well as a draw for a pair of 100 level Ottawa Senators tickets and a Senators jersey. On Friday night there will also be a bake sale complete with locally made pies, cookies and muffins. The canteen will be open over the weekend to fuel hungry shoppers with all the proceeds from food and drink going back to the cause.
Jolene says they are looking for volunteers to help collect and sort the items on Wednesday and Thursday, and for set up and tear down on the weekend. “It’s a great opportunity for students to get their volunteer hours,” she says.
Hey Day is one of the region’s largest indoor garage sales and a true community event. Jolene says she hopes to see newcomers to the area coming out to see what it’s all about. “It’s such a staple in this community,” she says.
Donations can be dropped off starting Wednesday, June 7 from 3 pm-7 pm, and Thursday, June 8 from 9 am-8 pm. Baked goods and plants can be dropped off on Friday morning. The fun begins on Friday evening from 6:30pm-9:30pm and continues on Saturday from 9 am-1 pm. To lend a hand on any of the days, please contact Jolene Stover at 613-558-1761.