Daughters to help westside families

Collins Family members at the Irishwoman of the Year Announcement
Collins Family members at the Irishwoman of the Year Announcement

Looking for a great bargain and want to help your neighbors?

The community is invited to the Daughters of Erin annual yard sale. Each year, the fundraiser is held on the same day as the Hilltop Bean Dinner. However, this year it was cancelled due to rain. The sale was rescheduled for Friday, Aug. 7 and Saturday, Aug. 8 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 3950 Randell Road, Columbus, 43228.

The Daughters of Erin (DOE) is a not-for-profit organization. Sale proceeds are used for charitable purposes such as the adopt-a-family program, which has helped families on the westside of Columbus and throughout central Ohio for the past 37 years. The group will adopt local families at Thanksgiving and Christmas who are in need. They have helped as many as 12 families in a single year; more than 100 families through the years.

One of the Daughters of Erin’s most supportive families has opened their yard for the sale. Carolyn Collins is a long-term member of the DOE, along with her daughters Colleen Collins and Kathy Collins Robbins. The third generation is also involved. Felicia Robbins, Katie Robbins and Kira Collins have served as officers of the DOE Junior Division and are active with the regular membership.

Although the DOE is a women’s organization, the Collins ladies frequently recruit their sons and spouses to volunteer, too. This family volunteers for all DOE events, and this year in particular their efforts have been acknowledged. Colleen Collins is the Daughters of Erin Irishwoman of the Year for 2015 and Katie Robbins received the DOE College Scholarship and plans to attend the University of Akron in the fall to study Nursing. Felicia Robbins won the scholarship in a previous year and graduated from the the National University of Ireland in Galway. The Daughters of Erin is the largest Irish Woman’s organization in Central Ohio.

For more information on the event, visit www.daughtersoferin.org.

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