GENEVA – As Mike Mayorga on Saturday sorted through an array an items for the upcoming St. Peter Barn Sale, he was glad he had an army of volunteers helping him.
"Making sure we have enough volunteers is our biggest challege," Mayorga said.
Mayorga, 19, and his siblings, Matthew Mayorga, 19, and Mandy Mayorga, 24, all of Geneva, are the co-chairs of this year's St. Peter Barn Sale, which will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 14 and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 15 at the Kane County Fairgrounds at Route 38 and Randall Road in St. Charles.
The barn sale is an annual fundraiser for St. Peter Church in Geneva and has been hosted by different Catholic parishes over the years. The sale is a mammoth event and features thousands of donated items, including antiques, books and music, china, glassware, toys and furniture.
The three of them have grown up with the sale as their parents, Miguel and Luanne Mayorga, are longtime volunteers and past co-chairs of the event. St. Peter Barn Sale is known for its bargains and is meant to be an outreach to those families with tight budgets.
"One year I was working it, I met a family that was able to get enough for a baby nursery," Mandy Mayorga said. "We also get a lot of college kids who are moving out on their own for the first time."
Rama Canney, volunteer and communications coordinator for St . Peter Church, said she is glad to see young people like the Mayorgas getting involved.
"They are really good at what they do," Canney said. "And these guys have brought out some young volunteers. We hope we are building leadership in the church for the next generation."