They came before sunrise, flashlights in hand and eager to hunt for bargains. And by the afternoon, their enthusiasm to buy helped the La Cañada/Magee Neighborhood Association raise close to $700 to offset the cost of doing business.

On Jan. 29, the LCMNA, the Northwest Tucson nonprofit community affairs organization, conducted its annual yard sale. Featuring donations from area residents, the sale was held at the corner of La Cañada and North San Anna.

“Around 6 a.m., we were setting up the items by headlights while buyers were going through things using their flashlights,” said LCMNA President David Davis, one of six association members who volunteered to work the event. “We were really busy between 6 and 7:30 a.m.”

Visitors came from as far away as Nogales to support the group’s efforts, Davis noted.

Proceeds from the sale help offset the group’s operating expenses, such as the cost of mailings and group insurance.

The association is a volunteer unit that conducts periodic fundraising activities to pay for community mailings and related administrative costs. It has no other income. The unit has no membership fee and is without support from private foundations or government agencies. 

It advocates for residents and homeowners who reside in a four-mile-square area bounded by Ina and Hardy roads, Northern Avenue and La Cholla Boulevard. It comprises about 7,000 residents and 2,658 properties.

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