Project Yard Sale 'N More
All money raised at the yard sales is turned into gift cards to be used for our local students and families in need. To date, Operation Wildcat Yard Sales have raised over $137,000 - with the next yard sale scheduled for October 18 and 19, 2019.
Maureen Ross, 717-773-1988, firstname.lastname@example.org
Margene Harper, Kathy Martin, Bill Richie, Kaleb Dissinger, Bud Beauverd, Scott Brechbiel, Kyle Haskins, Christine Johnson, Diane Koenig, Chris Funk, Nadia Renoll, Kathy Wargo, Amy Patterson, and Aaron Shotts.
Fall Yard Sale ReCap
Another Operation Wildcat yard sale has come and gone – and what a sale it was! It’s always fun to watch the 26 ft. truck, driven by Johnny Wilson, pull into McBic, with a group of 50 or more middle schoolers waiting to unload it! And the whole process is repeated another 4 times until 60 skids have been unloaded, broken down, and carried box by box into the church. And then the fun begins! Over the next 30 or so hours many, many volunteers work tirelessly to unbox and organize all the items that have been collected over the past 6 months. The sale opened its doors Friday morning with about 150 people waiting to get in – and the shoppers kept on coming. When we closed the doors on Saturday and tallied the money – we set a yard sale record. The 2-day total was $12,785 – bringing the total raised to date through yard sales, consignment sales, and Marketplace to $151,560.00!
We could not do this without the kindness of many: Bruce Barclay who has given us a wonderful warehouse to store the donated items; Pastor Layne Lebo and the McBic congregation who allow us into their church for 4 days to set up and hold the sale. Then there are the ‘behind the scenes’ people who given many hours throughout the year – Bill Richie, Kaleb Dissinger, Scott Brechbiel, Bud Beauverd and Kyle Haskins. They are the ‘muscle’ behind the project. Add to that the “Yard Sale crew” of Margene Harper, Diane Koenig, Kristin Funk, Amy Patterson, Nadia Renoll, Kathy Wargo, Kathy Martin, Christine Johnson, and Susan Johnson. They spend hours each week sorting, organizing, cleaning, pricing and packing all the boxes that end up on those 60 skids.
Can’t end this without thanking all the others who donate their time each and every sale – whether it be setting up tables, unpacking boxes, handling the long check-out lines, or helping with clean-up – your dedication is what keeps everyone going.
And lastly – to all those who come to our sales, whether to score a bargain or just make a donation to the charity, we thank you for your continued support of our mission to help families in need in the Mechanicsburg School District. Maureen Ross
P.S. Our wonderful Life Skills friends from MASH had a record-breaking bake sale and raffle – raising $667 (those brownies were awesome!)
What We do with the Proceeds
As you drop off donations at the OW warehouse, or come to our semi-annual yards sales at McBic, do you ever wonder what is done with the monies raised from the sales? Over the years that money (and donations from local church and community members) has provided financial support to our 15 projects and has funded the following and more :
•Provided $36,000 to the Mechanicsburg Recreation Board to fund scholarships and after school activities
•Purchased over $7,700 in grocery store gift cards that have been distributed to families in need within the district
•Funded $12,000 in college scholarships to 3 MASD students
•Provided $10,000 to the various schools in the district to fund snacks and supplies for students
•Purchased and distributed over $7300 in household supplies (sheets, towels, bedding, mattresses, and much more!) to families in need
•Funded $5000 to Mechanicsburg Music Alliance (MMA) for scholarships for students to participate in music activities
•Donated over $7500 to MASD to purchase a truck for use by Operation Wildcat to collect and distribute furniture to families in need throughout the district.
•Donated $2000 to the MMS and MASH food pantries
Save the Date:
See you April 24 and 25, 2020 for the next OW Yard Sale!
OW Warehouse - Hours for Donations
The warehouse will be open for donations on most Sundays 1-4pm and Mondays 6-8pm. Check our calendar and/or Facebook for exact hours.
Location: 507 N York Street, Mechanicsburg, 17055. Turn on to Pleasantview Drive - 1st left into parking lot - stay straight to dock door #1.
At the warehouse we don't take:
-computers/printers (they can be donated to Computer Ministry at Mission Central)
-clothing (clothing can be dropped off in the OW bins at each school)
-Old stereo speakers and equipment
Questions? Call or email Maureen Ross at 717-773-1988 or email@example.com
Tax receipts are available for all donations!
Thank you for continuing to help us support MASD.
PLEASE DO NOT DROP OFF DONATIONS WHEN THE OW WAREHOUSE IS NOT OPEN!
Contact Maureen Ross 717-773-1988 firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions
Yard Sale is looking for help in the following areas:
Help with selection/drop-off of decorative items to go to consignment stores. (Includes tracking sales and picking up items at the end of consignment). Bill Richie will continue to oversee/coordinate the consignment of furniture items.
Volunteers are needed to:
- Be at the warehouse to accept donations (times/days can be arranged according to volunteers schedule)
- Work at the warehouse sorting, organizing and pricing the items for the sale. Pricing is not a hard as everyone makes it out to be – it will all be explained. (Time/days can be arranged according to volunteers schedule)
- Oversee some of the scheduled “sort days”. Days are scheduled for sorting and organizing and the more ‘regulars’ that are there – the easier it is for “new” people to get acclimated to the process.
- Pick up yard sale donations left at 2425 Clover Drive and bring to the warehouse (can be coordinated with “work days”).
- Help at the yard sale from Wednesday through Saturday (not the entire time!) to learn all that goes into setting up/tearing down the sale.