Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Students accepting donations for ‘Best Yard Sale in Ohio II’ event

Bargain-hunters and closet-cleaners alike should be drawn to the “Best Yard Sale in Ohio II” from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Aug. 1 in the Shoemaker Center gym at Ohio University-Chillicothe. Donations will be accepted between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. on July 31 at the Shoemaker Center side door. Members of OU-C’s Human Services Association (HSA), which is sponsoring the event, will be available to help unload items. Students are also available to pick up items the week of July 27 until the event begins.

Items that cannot be accepted are bedding of any kind, large furniture, weapons and animals.

Items will be half-price after 3 p.m. the day of the event. Also, donuts, coffee, pizza and cold drinks will be available for purchase.

Proceeds from the sale will help families in need for Christmas this year. This is a new project that Human Services Association members have been pursuing. For more information, contact Human Services Technology program coordinator Barbara Mahaffey at (740) 774-7287 or Mary Jane Preece at (740) 774-7724.

HST member Sara Winans, one of the event’s organizers, is driven by a desire to assist others, a quality that is common to her fellow HSA members. I just love helping, and this yard sale is a fun way for our organization to raise money for families in need at Christmas and give back to the community,” she said.

“We want to raise enough money to give each family Christmas gifts for their children as well as food and anything else that will make their lives better during the holiday and long after.”

From these types of endeavors, students also develop skills that will benefit them throughout their careers.

“We learn people skills, how to develop professional relationships, the importance of networking with other organizations and the opportunity to experience different types of situations. These are things that cannot be gained in the classroom. Plus, the best part is, we learn how to give back to our community,” Winans said.

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