By Gisele Gamble

Special to The Examiner

If you are like me you probably have lots of stuff that you don't use. George Carlin once said, “a house is nothing but a pile of stuff with a lid on it.” I agree. We all collect things over the years that we pack away and never use. Wouldn't it be nice to have some of that space back? You can do something about that right now!

Animals Best Friends is having its semi-annual garage sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sept. 20 at the National Guard Armory facility, 2323 S. Crysler Ave., Independence. Volunteers will accept your donated items between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Sept. 18 at the Armory. We please ask that you do not donate clothes or shoes.

All proceeds from the garage sale go to help homeless animals like Scrappy the terrier and Terry the cat. These sweet boys reside at the ABF facility and are cared for by volunteers. To see the animals looking for forever homes, go to our website ABF is always looking for volunteers and foster homes as well as people wanting to adopt a pet as part of their family.

So what are you waiting for? Collect your boxes and start filling them up with dishes, bric-a-brac, wall décor, old lamps, electronics you no longer use, tools and toys. ABF will also pick up large furniture that you wish to donate; please call the facility at 816-254-8664 and leave a message.

This is your chance to donate to a good cause and tidy up your personal space! ABF's semi-annual garage sales are good fundraisers that helps fund ABF's expenses, as well as giving garage sale fanatics a treasure trove of items to browse through.

• Animals Best Friends wish list includes: Purina One Puppy and Dog Chow, Purina Kitten and Cat and Chow, cow hooves or rawhides, canned dog and cat food, peanut butter, stuffed toys (no beads), HE laundry detergent, bleach, bleach spray cleaner, Fantastic spray cleaner, newspapers (without slick ads), paper towels, scoopable cat litter. There is a paper recycling bin in the parking lot at ABF Headquarters, 2302 S. Crysler Ave., Independence. Please, no cardboard or telephone books. We appreciate your support.