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Garage sales held at local center will benefit seniors

December 25, 2021 at 10:00 p.m.
Local vendors gathered inside the Sandflat Gendale Shannon senior adult Community Center at 209 E. 14th St. recently to conduct a three-day garage sale as a fundraiser for the center. The center initially opened in 1970. (staff photo by Greg Bischof)

TEXARKANA, Ark. --A group of local women have been holding a garage sale to benefit the Sandflat-Glendale-Shannon Community Center.

Two sales have been held in the past six months at the center, 209 E. 14th St.

For the past five years, Barbara Pitts Riley, the center's executive director, and her husband, Pastor Johnny Riley, chief executive officer, have leased the building from Texarkana, Arkansas, for senior adult gatherings.

Prior to 2016, the building, which had been closed and vacant for about two years, had been operated by the Sandflat-Glendale- Shannon Neighborhood Association since its opening in 1970.

The building is now affiliated with Bridging the Gaps of Arkansas, a faith-based nonprofit community development corporation. It serves primarily as a senior adult center and is used for bingo games and Bible study, as well as arts and crafts projects.

"We're raising funds and working to better the lives of senior adults in our community, as well as keep the neighborhood coming together," said Mattie Glass, an assistant for the Rileys. "In the future, we might be looking at adding some computers to help senior adults."

(For more information regarding the garage sales, donations or future fundraising events, call Pit's Riley at 903-908-9754.)

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