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St. Peter volunteers gear up for Barn Sale

Mandy Mayorga, 24, of Geneva sorts through items Saturday for the upcoming St. Peter Barn Sale, scheduled for Sept. 14 to 15 at the Kane County Fairgrounds in St. Charles. Mayorga and her brothers, Matthew and Michael, are co-chairs of this year's sale.
Mandy Mayorga, 24, of Geneva sorts through items Saturday for the upcoming St. Peter Barn Sale, scheduled for Sept. 14 to 15 at the Kane County Fairgrounds in St. Charles. Mayorga and her brothers, Matthew and Michael, are co-chairs of this year's sale.

As Mike Mayorga sorted through an array of items Saturday 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 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. They were at the site Saturday to work on sorting duties.

The barn sale is a fundraiser for St. Peter Church in Geneva and has been hosted by different Catholic parishes over the years. The annual sale features thousands of donated items including antiques, books and music, china, glassware, toys and furniture.

The Mayorgas 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 helps meet the needs of 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.”

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