A large yard sale with several Aiken neighborhoods participating will be held for the first time this weekend.

The Multi-Neighborhood Yard Sale, sponsored by the Aiken Council of Neighborhoods, is a fundraiser to benefit Aiken Public Safety’s Safer Communities initiative.

Proceeds from the event will go toward helping the Council of Neighborhoods apply for grants in relation to that initiative which the City is considering to implement. The idea was prompted by a program in High Point, N.C., which has helped that city lower its violent crime by 54 percent since 1990.

Around eight neighborhoods are participating in the yard sale so far, and there will also be a few people selling handmade items at the event, according to Diane Saunders, secretary and treasurer of the Aiken Council of Neighborhoods.

Saunders said the event will help those clean out their closets, get some holiday shopping done and benefit the initiative.

“We decided this would be something that would be beneficial in several ways,” Saunders said.

Tables are still available for anyone to rent. A table is $10, and proceeds from the rent fee will go to the Council of Neighborhoods.

The Council is accepting donations for it to sell at the event which will also benefit the initiative. Anything not sold by the Council will be donated to ACTS, the Salvation Army or Habitat for Humanity.

The Multi-Neighborhood Yard Sale will be held Nov. 17 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the City of Aiken Municipal Building located at 214 Park Ave. S.W. Use The Alley entrance to access the event.

For more information regarding donating items to the Aiken Council of Neighborhoods or renting at table, call 644-9716.