From The Heart ladies successful spring rummage sale to help Anza school children and families

Valley Gospel Chapel teenage interns, from left, Becca James, 12; Amanda Gilmore, 19; Joshua Sponsler, 18; and Scott Schultz, fold clothes for last weekend’s Spring Rummage Sale at the church sponsored by the From The Heart ladies. The teens regularly volunteer for nonprofit events that help the people of the community. Tony Ault photo
Valley Gospel Chapel teenage interns, from left, Becca James, 12; Amanda Gilmore, 19; Joshua Sponsler, 18; and Scott Schultz, fold clothes for last weekend’s Spring Rummage Sale at the church sponsored by the From The Heart ladies. The teens regularly volunteer for nonprofit events that help the people of the community. Tony Ault photo

The very dedicated ladies of From The Heart received help from Anza teens and many local families to make the spring From The Heart rummage sale March 16-18 at Valley Gospel Chapel church another success in their effort to bring backpacks to youngsters attending Hamilton schools each year.

The 16 or more ladies who tirelessly work to raise money for children’s backpacks, helping needy families in the community with rummage sales, bake sales and other events through the make sure “every penny we collect goes back to the children of the community,” as one of the ladies at the rummage sale said.

This year From The Heart gave out almost 400 backpacks to children at the start of the school year and provided two laptops to high school students along with luncheons and other necessities.

Many residents help the ladies group with their donations like Tabitha Dowes, from the Hamiliton School PTA who was busy Friday at the start of the sale finding clothing suitable for use by school students planning to attend upcoming Renaissance Faires coming to Anza and Escondido soon.

“There are some great costumes for them here,” said Dowes. “I bring them to them and they get to pick out what they want.”

The From The Heart ladies will be announcing other special events for charity later this spring. President of the group Christy James can be reached by calling (951) 595-2400.

Blake and Stephanie Booth are pastors at Valley Gospel Chapel.

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