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Fundraiser for homeless is Saturday

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By Lisa King

Fundraiser for homeless

WHAT:Yard sale fundraiser

WHEN:May 31

WHERE:Clear Creek Park Amphitheater

TO HELP:Contact Shawn Morris at 502-232-1270

An event scheduled for Saturday at Clear Creek Park to help raise money for the homeless needs a little boost, said its organizer.

“I haven’t quite got as many donations as I was hoping for, but maybe some more will come in,” said Shawn Morris, a clerk who works at Thornton’s on Midland Trail.

He is organizing a fundraiser yard sale for Saturday at Clear Creek Park with all proceeds to benefits groups like the Open Door of Hope, Operation Care's Women’s Shelter/Center and for scholarships for youth at Shelby County Parks and Recreation.

He also plans to use some of the money to purchase items that he’s noticed some people simply can’t afford, such as residents of Colonial Manor, a boarding house for people with disabilities.

Morris, who got the idea of helping the homeless was inspired on Easter Sunday when he saw someone who looked hungry, he said.

“I was driving around, and I saw somebody who looked hungry," he said. "And I had some food in the car, so I stopped and said, 'Do you need some food? I have some salad, some fruit, sandwiches.'

"They said, 'Why are you doing this?' and I said, 'Because I just want to.'"

Shelby County Parks and Recreation Director Shawn Pickens said he has agreed to allow Morris to use the amphitheater at Clear Creek free of charge, and Morris has agreed that 10 percent of the proceeds from the event will go to scholarships for youth athletics.

“He’s taken a huge task upon himself, but I am behind what he wants to accomplish,” Pickens said.

Morris said he already has some bands who are going to provide live music, now he would just like to get some more items in to put in the yard sale.

He asks that anyone interesting in donating items for the sale or in volunteering to help contact him at 502-232-1270.