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"A project of miracles." Our 30th annual REALLY BIG Tag Sale was a labor of love, with help of over 200 volunteers, including church members, Scouts and community members from various groups. Things these days tend not to have much longevity, but the Tag Sale, in its 30th year, and offering the opportunity to give new life to much-beloved items, prove that some things last. Thank you to all who made our 30th Tag Sale a huge success, ensuring we can continue to house, feed and care for our neighbors in need. Thanks to the Fairfield Citizen for the coverage!

As we come up for air from the weekend’s 30th annual “REALLY BIG” Tag Sale, we wanted to give a “HUGE” shoutout to our many volunteers, staff, donors, vendors and shoppers! Undertaking and supporting the Tag Sale is a massive community-wide endeavor, and our most heartfelt thanks goes to ALL of YOU! Because of YOU, we can continue housing, feeding and caring for our neighbors in need!

Meet News 12 Connecticut's Hometown Hero Dawn Papp Hiltz! Co-chair of our REALLY BIG Tag Sale for the 5th year, Dawn is key in ensuring the success of our largest annual community-wide event! Dawn, thank you for your cheerful, dedicated and tireless efforts! We are lucky to have you by our side, helping us advance our efforts to end hunger and homelessness here in our community. It takes a village! We are deeply grateful for the hundreds of volunteers who make the Tag Sale happen! Watch the video HERE!

Get ready to hunt for some treasures and bargains! Our 30th annual REALLY BIG Tag Sale is this Saturday (9-4) & Sunday (12-4) at First Church Congregational, 148 Beach Road. Furniture (stock those dorm rooms and apartments!), sports gear, toys, games, household items, jewelry, table linens, holiday decor, art and more! $1 entry fee. Early bird special Saturday! For just $10 from 8-9am, shop before the sale opens to the public! Shop to your heart’s content and help us house, feed and care for our neighbors in need.

Thank you to First Selectman Mike Tetreau and the Town of Fairfield, CT for proclaiming August 17 & 18 as "Operation Hope Tag Sale Days" in honor of the Tag Sale's 30th anniversary!

We love our volunteers! Especially during this time of year, it’s all hands on deck for our annual REALLY BIG Tag Sale! To the many people who are ensuring the success of the sale, thank you! Proceeds help us house, feed and care for neighbors in need. It’s people like Joyce Flynn, who’s been with us since the Tag Sale began 30 years ago and runs the “Finer Things” department, and Bruce Davison of Webster Bank, who provided pizza for today’s volunteers, that make our world go round! Thank you!

We have two ways in which you can help stock our Food Pantry and feed over 800 local families and individuals! Simply visit our Food Pantry wish list on Amazon at bit.ly/oh-amazon-pantry-wish-list and ship directly to us or shop in store using the list here. Thank you!

We're looking for volunteers for our REALLY BIG Tag Sale in August! Help is needed August 12-21, with sales, set up, clean up, etc. Children age 11+ may accompany an adult. Many shifts available! Please contact Volunteer Manager Donna Schmidt at dschmidt@operationhopect.org to sign up! Thank you!

We're into the thick of summer, and it is generally a slow time for Food Pantry donations. Please consider helping us by donating some of these items and helping feed our families, especially those whose children who rely on school breakfast and lunch during the year. Thank you!

Thanks so much to Brenda Kupchick and Laura Devlin for hosting this spring's Diaper Drive for our Food Pantry clients! 2,145 diapers and pull ups were collected. Many thanks to all who donated during the drive and also to Saugatuck Sweets Fairfield for donating a free cone to every donor at Saturday's conclusion! Giving is sweet :) These diapers will be put to good use, 1 in 3 U.S. families struggles to provide enough diapers to keep a baby or toddler clean, dry and healthy. Thank you for making a difference for our neighbors in need!