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Armory yard sale
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Group seeks donations for families of soldiers

COVINGTON - A yard sale to benefit the families of soldiers with Covington's National Guard unit will take place Saturday.

The Family Readiness Group for Company B 1-121st Infantry of the National Guard's 48th Brigade is holding the sale to raise funds that will support families of soldiers who will be deployed to Afghanistan next year.

The event will take place from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Covington National Guard Armory, located at 4124 Caroll St. S.W. in Covington.

The community is invited to donate items for the sale or rent a space.

Tables are $15, and a space can be rented for $10 for those who bring their own tables.

A bake sale will take place in the morning followed by a barbecue sale in the afternoon.

Bravo Company T-shirts will also be sold for $10.

The purpose of the Family Readiness Group is to build camaraderie and provide support to families coping with the deployment of a loved one. Funds raised could be used for activities such as a Father's Day luncheon or to meet specific needs of struggling families, said Kim Schroeder, family readiness coordinator.

The community is also being asked to help support these families after the soldiers deploy, through Operation Patriot's Call.

Businesses, individuals and organizations can sign up to provide free services, such as auto or heating and air repair, plumbing, lawn care, health care and more.

A directory of local businesses and organizations willing to participate is being compiled.

Anyone interested in participating or learning more is invited to attend a meeting at the Armory at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

More than 20 businesses and individuals have signed up so far, Schroeder said.

For more information on Operation Patriot's Call, visit www.patriotscall.com. For more information on the yard sale, call Schroeder at 770-262-0265.

The unit will be deployed to Afghanistan in summer 2009.

More than 130 soldiers will leave for Afghanistan in July or August 2009, Unit Readiness NCO Sgt. First Class Patrick Eaton said.

The soldiers are part of a contingent of 7,000 troops from the 48th and 53rd Brigade Combat Teams that will help train Afghan National Security Forces.

The soldiers are expected to mobilize in May, possibly to Fort Stewart, for additional training before heading overseas.

They will also spend two weeks training in the Republic of Georgia this summer.

Crystal Tatum can be reached at crystal.tatum@newtoncitizen.com.