Thursday, March 26, 2015

Ohio University-Chillicothe student group hosting second annual ‘Best Yard Sale in Ohio’ to benefit community


By student public relations writer Leah Sternberger

Ohio University-Chillicothe’s Human Services Association (HSA) will hold its second annual “Best Yard Sale in Ohio” from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 11 in the Shoemaker Center gymnasium.  Donations for the yard sale will be collected in the gym from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on April 10.

In only its second year of existence, the yard sale has already made an enormous impact on the surrounding community.  “Last year’s sale was amazing,” said HSA club member Sara Winans. “We had a packed gym of items that were donated. Not only did we raise money for our organization to help with the annual Trick or Treat Extravaganza, but we were also able to fund a scholarship for the Ross County Mental Health Association.  Also, we helped a family with funeral expenses using the money raised from selling food. The items we had left, which was about a truckload, were given to Goodwill.”

To make this year’s yard sale even more successful, HSA is asking community and campus members to donate items such as toys, office supplies, arts and crafts, books, sports equipment, electronics, tools, small appliances, jewelry, handbags, pet supplies, children’s items, clothing (jeans), toiletries and other household items. Bedding of any kind, large furniture, weapons and animals will not be accepted.

This year HSA has different plans for the proceeds generated by the yard sale. Their primary goal is to provide assistance this holiday season to at least five local families by supplying food, coats, shoes and Christmas gifts. The remaining items will be donated to Goodwill to help more people in need. 

Winans, who played an integral role in the organization of last year’s yard sale, is looking forward to working with her fellow HSA members to reach their goals. “The yard sale is an amazing event to be a part of; whether you’re a donator of items, time, money or even support,” said Winans. “We have an amazing group of HSA members. With a group like this, who has so much heart, big things can happen and lives can change for the better.”

Refreshments will be available for purchase, and all items will be half-price beginning at 3 p.m.

For more information, contact HSA club advisor Barbara Mahaffey at mahaffey@ohio.edu or (740) 774-7287 or Sara Winans at (740) 851-7251.

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