By Mason W. Canales

Killeen Daily Herald

Time is running out for Central Texas residents to donate items for the community-wide garage sale benefiting the Killeen, Harker Heights, Fort Hood Relay for Life.

Shine Team Realtors' annual community garage sale will open for shoppers at 7:30 a.m.

April 17, but there is plenty of time to donate even though there is no room left for booths, Shine Team Buyer Representative and garage sale coordinator Michael DeHart said Wednesday.

This year, the Shine Team sold more than 50 spaces for booths and raised about $1,700 from the sale of the spaces for Relay for Life, DeHart said. That nearly doubles last year's booth sales, which raised $950 for Relay for Life.

There is more booth space and more space for garage sale items this year thanks to the city of Killeen, which is letting the garage sale use the Killeen Special Events Center, DeHart said.

"We will have over 6,000 square feet of stuff just from the Shine Team," DeHart said.

The collection of items to sell is going really well, but people should keep bringing in items, said Darlyne Gehring, a community garage sale sorter.

"I think it is going to be more items than last year," Gehring said. "We have some good quality items and even some brand new items that have been donated by merchants."

There are books, bikes, shoes, clothes, furniture, appliances and more, Gehring said.

Unique items donated by residents include a German Steamer Trunk, another wooden trunk, an English riding saddle and tack and a carousel horse, Gehring said.

Gehring and DeHart urged people to continue donating items.

"If you have something, bring it up to the garage sale, we will take it up there," DeHart said, adding people can donate items the day of the garage sale.

Those who want to donate before the garage sale can drop off items at the intersection of Wampum and Knight's Way in Harker Heights, Gehring said. Trucks collecting the items will be there throughout next week.

Last year, the garage sale raised about $10,000 for the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life. DeHart is hoping this year's sale will raise $12,000.

"As a cancer survivor, I am excited about (the garage sale)," DeHart said. "I had my walk on the dark side of cancer in 2007 and Relay gives you a new perspective on life."

All the proceeds go to Relay for Life. The items that don't sell go to the Killeen Food Care Center as another form of charity, DeHart said.

Contact Mason W. Canales at or (254) 501-7554. Follow him on Twitter at KDHheights.

If you go

What: Shine Team Community Wide Garage Sale

When: 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 17.

Where: Killeen Special Events Center, 3601 S. W.S. Young Drive

Benefits the Killeen, Harker Heights, Fort Hood Relay for Life

Donate or become a part of the Killeen, Harker Heights, Fort Hood Relay for Life at

Donation Drop-off

Intersection of Wampum Drive and Knight's Way in Harker Heights.

Drop off any time by April 16

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