Homeless memorial service

Jen Bast, left, and Bella Dagdagan sing Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” during Neighborhood Health’s memorial service for homeless people who died in Yakima County this year at 20 S. 3rd St. in Yakima, Wash. on Friday, Dec. 21, 2018.

YAKIMA, Wash. — A yard sale to help fund funeral services for the homeless and others in need will be held Saturday at St. Michael's Mission at 5 S. Naches Ave., Yakima.

The yard sale will be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the mission's lawn.

The mission established the fund in March 2018, when Dana China Bolton died. Bolton experienced years of homelessness before being placed in housing by Yakima Neighborhood Health Services. She died in her own home.

The mission established the funeral fund in her name and it has provided small donations to more than a half-dozen who have died over the past year.

Now the fund is running short, and the yard sale aims to help replenish it. Local service providers estimate that one homeless person dies each month in our area.

The Homeless Network of Yakima County, which includes service providers throughout the area, holds a memorial service each year for the homeless people who have died.

Anyone who wants to donate items or volunteer for the event should contact Robin at Yakima Neighborhood Health Services at 509-941-7160 or robin.perches@ynhs.org.

Tax-deductible donations also can be made directly at the mission. For more information, contact David Hacker at 509-453-4881 or stmichaelsyak@gmail.com.

Editor's note: The phone number for David Hacker has been updated.

Reach Phil Ferolito at pferolito@yakimaherald.com or on Twitter: @philipferolito