PALM SPRINGS, Calif. -- To support the re-building of an LGBT-affirming church building in Joplin, Mo., that was destroyed by a tornado last May, a coalition of five desert-area churches are holding a "mega" rummage sale on Saturday, Dec. 3.
According to ABC News, more than 116 people died in the tornado that swept through Missouri, making it the single deadliest in nearly 60-years.
Spirit of Christ Metropolitan Community Church in Joplin was completely leveled in the disaster, the Rev. Steve Urie said in a video message describing what happened that day. The space is also shared with the Unity Church congregation.
"Tearing down walls and building up hope has been a tagline for our denomination for a number of years," Urie said. "Well, on May 22, 2011 at 5:42, we had a little help tearing down the walls."
Upon hearing of the devastation that occurred across the country, the congregations of Desert Oasis Chapel, Bloom in the Desert, Metropolitan Community Church of Coachella Valley, St. Paul's Episcopal and United Methodist decided to join forces to support the relief efforts and help raise money to rebuild the church building.
Event organizers are looking for donated items that can be sold, saying they are accepting "good items, things you are proud to sell, and things you don't need that someone else will buy."
Donated items can be dropped off at the United Methodist Church of Palm Springs between noon and 6 pm on Friday, Dec. 2.
The church is also accepting monetary contributions, which they say will be given directly to the relief effort. Those who to donate should visit the Desert Oasis Chapel's "Donate" webpage and designate the contribution to "Rummage Sale."
The sale will be held from 7 am to 2 pm on Dec. 3 at the United Methodist Church, 1555 E. Alejo Road in Palm Springs.