Jubilee Spree nonprofit to hold closeout sale in Carmel

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After more than 10 years of supporting the women and children of western Kenya, Jubilee Spree volunteer Myrna Dowden said the nonprofit has decided to have a closeout sale of the products made in Kenya and local items used in support.

Jubilee Spree, a faith-based initiative, was created to help poor women and children in Kager, Kenya, learn basic skills and provide resources so they could earn a steady income. They produced products such as handbags, bracelets and keychains to sell in the U.S.

The COVID-19 pandemic has made it difficult to travel to Kenya, where Jubilee Spree founder Linn Asbury would take proceeds and conduct Bible teaching. Jubilee Spree has to move out of its space at the Broadway United Methodist Church at 609 E. 29th St. in Indianapolis by June 1, so a sale of the items has been set at Carmel Christian Church, 463 E. 131st St., in Carmel from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 5 to 7 and from approximately 11:15 a.m. to noon May 8 after church services. All proceeds will go to Kenya.

Besides products, there will be regular and commercial sewing machines, school supplies, fabric from around the world, shelving units, lamps, odds and ends, antique items, among other items for sale, Dowden said.

“We will be selling all of the wonderful handmade products Linn Asbury has brought back from Kenya and other countries as well as the contents of the Spree studio to get money to these women now since it is so desperately needed,” Dowden said. “The people of Kenya are hurting so badly because of COVID and the Kenyan political problems that we feel we want to get as much money there as possible.”

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