A community yard sale held each September in Mattituck takes on a greater meaning than the sum of its parts.
The Doorhy family lawn transforms into a hub for treasure hunters. Books, clothing, handmade furniture, and other finds, are donated by dozens of community members and purchased by others. The money raised from the sale totals in the thousands.
All of it goes toward helping struggling neighbors.
The annual community yard sale is one of Kait’s Angels’ biggest fundraisers of the year. The non-profit was founded in memory of Mattituck graduate Kaitlyn Doorhy, who was known for her commitment to helping others. Kait’s Angels was founded as a way to continue Kaitlyn’s legacy.
“Kait’s statement was, ‘God gave you two hands, one to do for yourself and one to do for others,’ ” her mother Darla Doorhy said. “There are too many people on the North Fork that are in turmoil — whether they lost their job or cancer struck them — some of them are too proud to ask for help so we help them.”
Kait’s Angels chooses a deserving community member to donate the yard sale proceeds to each year. Two locals stood out to the organization this year.
Proceeds from the fourth annual yard sale, scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 8, will go to Dylan Newman and Matthew Rolle to help offset medical costs. Dylan, 14, is battling Ewing’s sarcoma. Mr. Rolle was recently diagnosed with stage four colon and liver cancer. Last year, the event raised more than $11,000 for the late Morgan West, a 9-year-old who was diagnosed with an inoperable brainstem tumor.
Those wishing to donate items can drop them off at the Doorhy household at 1125 Ole Jule Lane in Mattituck Friday, Sept. 7, between 4 and 6 p.m. The yard sale will run from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. the following day.
Anyone interested in volunteering at the yard sale can contact Ms. Doorhy at [email protected].
Top photo caption: Dylan Newman (center) surrounded by friends and family who packed the Southold High School gym during the ‘Dash for Dylan’ fundraiser May 31. (Credit: Jeremy Garretson)