For the 16th consecutive year, Centre College hosted the end-of-year Hope Springs Yard Sale in May, raising a record $11,777.
Hope Springs was created to raise money for financial assistance for local citizens with multiple sclerosis. Almost all items in the sale are donated by Centre students as they move out of the residence halls at the end of the year.
Recently, it was expanded to give funds to other local organizations such as the Humane Society and the Soup’s On Us program. To date, Hope Springs has raised over $70,000 for the local community. In addition to giving financial assistance to individuals and organizations in the community, it also serves as a green initiative in reusing thousands of items and keeping them out of landfills.
The steering committee for the yard sale is comprised of its three founding members: local author Patsi Trollinger; Sarah Scott, director of the Grissom Scholars Program and coordinator of Centre Scholarship Programs; and Ann Young, director of student life and housing.
“We would like to thank everyone whose hard work made this year’s sale a huge success,” Young says. “While this requires a lot of work, the yard sale benefits local MS patients who apply for grants for expenses not covered by their insurance, such as ramps, shower chairs, etc. Any remaining funds will be used to support programs that feed the hungry, serve low-income youth and improve the quality of life in our community in many ways.”
Some other numbers of interest:
- One-hundred and eleven individuals participated, volunteering a total of 948 hours.
- More than 8,000 items were offered for sale, and around 25,000 pounds of goods were diverted from the local landfill.
- One-hundred and ninety-four pounds of food were sent to local food pantries, and 181 pounds of high-value science and technology books were sent to the International Book Project for use around the world.
by Cindy Long
July 17, 2018