A benefit rummage sale to support Alma Community Outreach is set for Oct. 2-3 at the Alma Farmer’s Market pavilion.

People Helping People, a fundraiser for Alma Community Outreach, will be Friday, Oct. 2 from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 3 from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. The market pavilion is on Fayetteville Avenue in downtown Alma.

Ed Thicksten, Alma Community Outreach volunteer, said the group is selling donated items such as furniture, household goods, clothes and knick-knacks.

"It’s a little of this and a little of that, and all proceeds go to the outreach program to continue our work," Thicksten said.

Alma Community Outreach provides food boxes to needy residents from the eastern side of Crawford County every two weeks, Thicksten said. The group also provides some clothing, he said.

"We serve 1,500 families every month," Thicksten said.

Most of those helped are seniors and families with multiple children, he said.

The outreach center has a budget of about $100,000 for the entire year, Thicksten said. It has no paid staff and operates solely on donations of food and money from local sources, with no federal funding, he said.

"It’s important to help our mission," Thicksten said. "It’s enormously important for people who just need a hand up."

Thicksten added that the outreach is a faith-based program supported by 17 area churches, which provide the program’s volunteers and the majority of its donations.

All proceeds from the rummage sale will go to the outreach program, Thicksten said.