Lions will sell salvage items to help community programs

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Jerry Frank and Hilary Hopfauf move appliances out of Makoshika Estates apartments on Tuesday. The Lions Club will sell items from the building at a cash and carry sale Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Glendive Lions Club is currently working to pull salvage materials from the apartments at Makoshika Estates to sell before demolition begins on the building later this month.

The Makoshika Estates LLC chose the proposal from Glendive Lions Club as the best among four local groups who applied to take on the salvage program. The managing partners of Makoshika Estates decided to allow a local nonprofit organization to take care of the salvage and keep 100 percent of the proceeds of the sale of those items.

The proceeds made through the sale of the items from Makoshika Estates will benefit the community in several ways, according to the Lions’ proposal, which read:

“The Lions propose to use the proceeds to support the following organizations: Dawson County Boys and Girls Club, Dawson County Food Bank, School Back Pack Program, eyeglasses for indigent individuals, scholarships for DCHS and DCC, Lions’ Camp in Makoshika State Park and Dawson County Economic Development.

These are all entities the club supports throughout the year.

Club members recently heard that work on the road in Makoshika State Park later this summer will cut off access to the A Frame, which means the Moonlight Over Makoshika dinner cannot be held this year.

“So we were excited and grateful for this opportunity because we count on the Moonlight Over Makoshika as our major fundraiser,” Anderson said.

The Food Bank representatives recently told Lions members that their greatest current need is fuel for their truck, a cost of about $700 a year. Anderson said as a result of raising fund through the salvage program, they should be able to provide fuel for the Food Bank for a year.

When the Lions asked BGC Director Tina Carter what the greatest need for her club is, she said they need to be at 100 members to be affiliated. “So their biggest need is scholarships, so we’ll probably help them fill that need,” Anderson said.

“Where there’s a need, there’s a Lion, and we take great pride in supporting our community,” Anderson said.

He added that community support of Lions’ fundraiser is key to the club’s success.

Club members have been working hard to get as many of the items out of the apartments as possible.

“We are disassembling every apartment, pulling stoves, refrigerators, microwaves. We are taking down all the kitchen cabinets and preparing to sell those,” Lions member Craig Anderson said.

The Lion will have a sale of several items on Saturday, April 7 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 620 East Grant (the lower level of the public entrance to the Makoshika Estates building). Some of the items to be sold include refrigerators, stoves, microwaves, dishwasher, toilets, hot water tanks, fireplaces, garbage disposals, kitchen cabinets and more. The sale is cash and carry.

Contact Culver Insurance at 377-5631 for pre-sales and pricing.

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