From the Heart raises funds with annual rummage sale

Shoppers search for treasures at From the Heart Christian Women’s Ministries’ rummage sale Saturday, Sept. 5. Anza Valley Outlook/Courtesy photo

From the Heart Christian Women’s Ministries hosted a rummage sale at a home on Engstrom Road in Anza Saturday, Sept. 5.

The sale raised funds for the organization’s annual Christmas Gift Giveaway in December. The many donated items insured that shopper after shopper walked away with arms full of treasures.

Volunteer GeriLyn Blanton Mellin said, “I love how From the Heart gives back to our community, so it makes me happy to help support such a great cause.”

Piles of clothing, crafts, household items, Christmas decorations and collectibles were on display for sale.

“We are wanting to be able to provide amazing deals to our community, even during this pandemic,” event organizer Christina James said. “People were great, and practiced social distancing. The Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts were very helpful with setting up and cleaning up.

“We are raising money for Christmas now, so we will continue to have sales until we are able to hold this important community event. Last year we helped to provide gifts for 462 children in the area,” she said.

Another event is being planned.

“So if you want some great deals, and you want to support your community, keep an eye open for the next sale, to be announced,” James said.

From the Heart Christian Women’s Ministries serves and focuses on families and children in need in the mountain communities of Anza, Aguanga, Mountain Center and Idyllwild. Fundraising events are held throughout the year to help collect money to aid this worthy cause.

Rummage sales, luncheons, raffles and the annual From the Heart’s Holiday dinner raise funds to benefit the area’s families.

To learn more about From the Heart Christian Women’s Ministries, visit their Facebook page at or write to:

From the Heart Christian Women’s Ministries, P.O. Box 391224, Anza, CA 92539.

Diane Sieker can be reached by email at