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Large Mid-Michigan rummage sale to benefit poor in Appalachia

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(09/19/12) - If you enjoy a good rummage sale, we have just the ticket for you. A Mid-Michigan family is holding its annual sale, and the proceeds will go to help more than 170 poverty-stricken families.

This is not your typical garage sale. These are items that have been collected and donated by caring people from all over the Holly area. Over the next four days, people will come to a Holly Township farm to support an effort to reduce crushing poverty.

"Our foundation supports about 173 families in the Appalachian Mountains," said Carl Roos of the Angel Haven Foundation.

Fourteen years ago, Carl and Shirley Roos found a region in Virginia where unemployment is sky high and people hardly know where their next meal will come from.

"It brings tears to your eyes, every trip I go. You just leave there and you think 'how can people live like this,'" said Barbara Roos, daughter of Carl and Shirley.

So the Roos family has made it their mission to help those destitute people. Throughout this weekend, they're hosting a gigantic rummage sale.

"All of the money is used to purchase food when we make our trips down to Virginia which is four times a year," Carl said.

A pickup and trailer will be stuffed with furniture and other essentials, such as drinking water.

"Any water they take out of the creek or they get out of their own spigots, it has to be boiled because it's contaminated," Barbara said.

Last year, about 700 people came to the rummage sale.

"There are times when we're lined up to the road," Shirley said.

The Roos Family knows it's well off compared to their friends in Appalachia. They feel compelled to help.

"Anybody that needs help, they would do whatever they can to help them. They don't expect anything in return," Barbara said.

"I can't stop. I just have to do it," said Carl, who is 81 years old.

Last year's rummage sale netted about $16,000, which they hope to surpass this year. 

The rummage sale to benefit the Angel Haven Foundation runs Thursday through Sunday.  It's located at 6440 East Holly Road near Holly.

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