Benefit sale aiding Parachute family kicks off |

Benefit sale aiding Parachute family kicks off

Ryan Hoffman
The Bruner family
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Response to a benefit sale aiding a Parachute family displaced by a fire was so great that the sale started early.

The sale, taking place at the old VJ’s Outlaw Ribbs at 315 E. First St., started Wednesday. Family members had planned on starting Friday, but after hearing from numerous people who were unable to make the sale over the weekend, the family started earlier than expected, said Juanita Williams.

Ty and Kimberly Bruner, along with their three young children, were renting a mobile home in Parachute from Williams, Ty’s grandmother, when a fire originating from the oven broke out May 3.

No one was home at the time and the blaze was extinguished quickly, but it left the unit uninhabitable. Family members organized the benefit sale to help raise money for a new home.

Donated items have come in from around the community, including clothes from Snowmass and Aspen. Some of the items still have tags on them, Williams said.

Aside from clothes, there are appliances, toys, furniture and more.

“We’ve had a lot of really nice things” donated, including some crystal and a BIC turntable, Williams said.

More items continue to come in, so even if people have already stopped by they can come back and find something new, she added.

The sales continues through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. However, Williams said they will stay open later if needed.

“(We are) hoping and praying that it brings in enough to help them out.”

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