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Posted on Fri, May 4, 2012 : 10:52 a.m.

'Overflowing kindness': Rummage sale planned Saturday in Dexter to assist tornado relief fund

By Lisa Allmendinger


Some of the clothing items that can be found Saturday at a huge rummage sale at Creekside Intermediate School in Dexter to aid the Dexter Tornado Relief Fund.

Photo from Facebook

The outpouring of support to the Dexter community following the March 15 tornado that ripped through the area was so amazing that two locations have been utilized to house the area’s generosity.

And now that families are past the needs stage and into the rebuilding stage, these leftover items will continue to support these efforts through a rummage sale Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Creekside Intermediate School at 2615 Baker Road in Dexter.


More items available for a donation at the rummage sale.

From Facebook

“We have an opportunity for larger community support than those impacted by the tornado and get a great deal on thousands of items that were donated to us during the days and weeks after the tornado,” said Mary Marshall, superintendent of Dexter Schools.

Marshall said those affected by the storms have taken what they need and want, and “now we would like to invite all of the bargain shoppers in the area to come and shop the overflowing kindness of our greater community.”

Items for sale include stacks of clothing of all sizes, shoes, handbags, toys, household items, backpacks and books.

“We will not have individual prices on items,” Marshall said, “But will ask our guests to donate what they feel is an appropriate amount for the value of the item they select.”

All monetary donations will then be sent to the Dexter Relief Fund.


More available items

From Facebook

“In other words, give what you can and take what you can use,” said Barbara Read via email, a parent in the school district who is publicizing the event for the community.

“The time has come to distribute the remaining donated items and turn our attention to helping families put their lives, homes and businesses back in order,” she said.

Read said the generosity of neighbors around the state has been “astonishing” that the donation centers have been overflowing with donated items.


From Facebook

“If you like a good sale with used clothes and household items, you will love what we have to offer at this sale,” Marshall said.

For a look at a small portion of what’s available, go to the Dexter Donation Center Rummage Sale Facebook page to see book titles and more details about the clothing items.

Featured items include two Eddie Bauer pack n’ play sets, name brand clothing and many brand new books.

Shoppers are asked to bring shopping bags, to use the large south parking lot and enter on the stadium/track side of the building.

In addition, the Village of Dexter continues to maintain a resource list for those affected by the tornado.

Lisa Allmendinger is a regional reporter for She can be reached at For more Dexter stories, visit our Dexter page.



Thu, May 10, 2012 : 10:02 p.m.

I had renters insurance and was super glad I did because my apartment is still not repaired after 8 weeks. My neighbors did not have renters insurance. More landlords should require it in their leases, but really, it's not up to the landlord to educated the tenant. Having worked in insurance, it's my experience that most renters don't have renters insurance and most renters don't know that it exists.


Thu, May 17, 2012 : 1:06 p.m.

A2Hallie, When I was renting, which is admittedly a long time ago, there was a "standard" clause in the leases I signed that indicated that tenants were "required" to have renters' insurance. Most renters ignored that clause, which is unfortunate because renters' insurance is highly affordable. Not having renters' insurance won't invalidate the lease, but it only takes one loss to demonstrate the value of renters' insurance.


Fri, May 4, 2012 : 4:05 p.m.

I am curious. Are they doing this because the people did not have insurance on their houses?


Thu, May 17, 2012 : 1:03 p.m.

Some insurance policies cover the replacement cost of a loss, while others only cover the cash value of the insured property at the time of the loss. It's possible that people with "cash-value" insurance may need help with the difference between what they lost and what it costs to replace.

Mary Marshall

Sat, May 5, 2012 : 7:23 a.m.

Harry, The relief fund helps people with uninsured expenses. It helps families with deductibles as well, some of which can be thousands of dollars. Tree and stump removal is another big need, and the fund has supported that part of the recovery as well. Yo date, the fund has distributed more than $100,000 for such needs. We are so fortunate for the support.