Huge sale benefits group that watches your kids while you get help

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NOBLESVILLE — A big sale at the Hamilton County Fairgrounds for the next few days is benefiting a unique organization that gives parents in crisis a place to safely house their kids.

The Indy Kids Sale takes place Thursday through Saturday.

The large sale brings together consignment shops that sell kids’ items at discounted prices.

This year, the sale partnered with Safe Families of central Indiana. The organization started in 2008 and has grown to help around 400 kids each year.

“Me and my husband (were) having issues … so I had (to go) to the shelter,” mother Rayetta Walters said.

Walters has eight kids and got help from Safe Families.

The group provides a safe home where kids stay, on average, for three weeks. That way a parent can work with their provided case worker to find a job, get housing or work out other issues.

“We don’t take custody of the kids, we just help out when they need it,” Executive Director Krista Davis said.

Some high profile cases in central Indiana recently, including a shooting over custody at an area daycare, have shed light on the need to get kids out of volatile situations.

Safe Families uses volunteer host families, like Amy and Tim Noblitt, to provide that much-needed help.

“(In) one situation, (the mother) was homeless and didn’t have a job and she was able to get a job very quickly,” Amy Noblitt said.

Anyone can shop at the Indy Kids Sale through Saturday. If you visit on Friday, you can also buy and donate items directly to Safe Families. You can find a list of hours and more information here.

Safe Families is looking for host families as well. To get more information or ask for help if you need it, visit their website here.