(Bowling Green)—The Wood County Humane Society (WCHS) soon will be accepting donations of new and gently used items for its annual garage sale fundraiser.
Intake of donations for the event will take place May 18 and 19 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and May 20 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Items can be dropped off at the Grandstand of the Wood County Fairgrounds, Poe Road, Bowling Green. Organizers of the event ask that individuals not donate console televisions, air conditioning units, large appliances, or organs.
The garage sale will run May 21 and 22 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and May 23 from 9 a.m. to noon. On Friday (the 22nd), all clothing items will be sold for 10 cents apiece. On Saturday (the 23rd), shoppers will enjoy a bag sale for all remaining items. The sale will be held at the Grandstand of the Wood County Fairgrounds.
The event has been a staple summer tradition for the community of Wood County and an important fundraiser for the WCHS for many years.
In 2013, organizers of the event exceeded their fundraising goal by 30 percent, bringing in over $10,000 from the three-day event. And in 2014, organizers raised over $14,000 for the organization. This year, organizers hope to at least match last year’s sales.
For community members, the WCHS annual garage sale offers a great incentive to clean out those attics, basements, and closets. Says Joe Schroeder, volunteer for the WCHS and one of the co-organizers of the event, “If you’re going to donate, it’s a really good way to recycle for a good cause, rather than just throw it out. You know, if you got something useful, some people don’t want to bother with a garage sale or they don’t want to throw it out or anything like that, you know you can donate.”
All proceeds from the event go toward animal care, staff salaries, and shelter maintenance and all donations are tax deductible.
The WCHS, located in Bowling Green, Ohio, is a full-service, no-kill shelter providing care for homeless and abused pets and investigating cruelty complaints in Wood County. In addition, the organization assists Wood County residents with its Safe Haven and food assistance programs, spay/neuter transport, and educational presentations. The WCHS provides care for hundreds of animals each year—from dogs and cats, to horses, goats, and pocket pets.
The non-profit organization is funded predominantly through donations from local individuals and businesses, Community Shares of Northwest Ohio (a workplace giving campaign), and fundraisers.
The Wood County Commissioners help fund a Humane Agent, but the organization receives no additional funding from national humane organizations, the United Way, or the government. For more information on adopting and/or volunteering, see: http://www.woodcountyhumanesociety.org.