Born 2 Be Therapeutic Equestrian Center volunteers collected more than $1,300 during a two-day garage sale that was conducted over the weekend.
The sale generated funds that organizers will use to provide feed for the center’s 13 horses and to maintain the center’s low prices on services for its customers.
“We had a great turnout,” volunteer Cathy Wirz said. “We didn’t have a goal, but if we did, we would have hit it. We got more than we thought we would.”
The equestrian center, located at 3575 Sauls Road near Aubrey, provides therapeutic horseback riding and carriage driving programs for children and adults with disabilities such as autism, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, brain injury and attention deficit disorder.
The center opened in May 2012 and provides services for people in Denton, Dallas and Collin counties.
The garage sale was held at Wirz’s home in Denton. By Sunday morning, the only items left included a TV, a few Christmas items, some pillows and a few rows of books.
“All of the items came from the volunteers and from some of our riders,” Wirz said.
Organizers estimate that more than 100 people attended.
“I even met some of my neighbors on my block who I’ve never met before,” she said.
Center director Mary Gwinner said many customers who bought items at the sale also gave donations in addition to their purchases.
“It was definitely better than we hoped,” Gwinner said.
She said that because of the sale’s success, she plans on holding another one in the future.
Gwinner said people who use the center’s services pay a fee, but the fee doesn’t cover all of the costs to support the center.
She said the center depends on donations to stay running. She said like any other organization, the biggest challenge for the center is the financial expense.
“The horses are our biggest expense,” she said. “Unlike other workers, you can’t tell them to take some time off and go home. They require care 24-7.”
To make a donation to the center, go to www.solutionfoundation.org and select the “Equestrian Therapy” button and then select “donate.”
For more information about Born 2 Be, visit www.born2betec.org or call 940-595-8200.
JOHN D. HARDEN can be reached at 940-566-6882. His e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org .