The Hope Springs Yard Sale, a Centre College end-of-year tradition, raised a total of $8,212.82 during this year’s sale at the end of May.
For the last 15 years, Centre College has hosted the Hope Springs Yard Sale. In its early years, it was held in the gym at the Presbyterian Church, but as the number of items increased, it quickly spread to the hallway and front porch, which eventually led to Chowan becoming the official home of the event.
The yard sale was created to raise money for financial assistance for local citizens with Multiple Sclerosis. Due to the sale’s growth over the years, funds have also recently been given to local organizations like the Humane Society and the Soup’s On Us Program.
Over the years, the sale has raised well over $60,000 for the Danville–Boyle County community.
With this year’s yard sale income, they hope to support other community charities and non-profit organizations.
For the first time, they were able to quantify other aspects of the sale and had volunteers inventory items. This year, 113 volunteers contributed a total of 860 volunteer hours.
Director of Student Life and Housing Ann Young described how one of her favorite things about the sale is witnessing all the volunteers, staff, students and community come to work on a project that serves others.
Almost all of the items in the sale are donated by Centre students, at the end year, as they move out of their residence halls. The volunteers retrieved and organized over 7,950 items.
“Seeing all the items come in, get sorted and spread out all over Chowan in a four-day period of time is an amazing accomplishment,” Young said.
Not only are students able to give their unwanted items to a good cause, they also help save the environment. The items donated added up to be more than 25,180 pounds, which kept about 13 tons out of trash bins and landfills.
“We knew we had lots of items, but these figures show what a great idea the sale is,” Young said. “We truly are reusing and recycling and helping others in our community.”
by Kerry Steinhofer
June 16, 2017