Alcona Humane Society seeks items, volunteers

LINCOLN — The Alcona Humane Society is seeking volunteers and items for its annual yard sale, which is one of the agency’s biggest fundraisers of the year.

Society board of directors President Jocelyn Dillard said the sale will be held at the Alcona Recreation Area Sept. 22-23 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and ahead of the event work needs to take place to get the site ready.

“Volunteers are always needed to help with cleaning, set-up, selling, and tearing down,” she said.

Dillard said anyone interested in volunteering for the sale can show up at the ARA site beginning Friday through Sept. 21.

“Volunteers start at 10 a.m., stay as long as you like,” she said. “We usually finish around 2 p.m. each day and any help is appreciated.”

Dillard said donations to the sale are being accepted at the ARA site beginning Saturday, as well as Sept. 18-20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

She said there are a few things that will be accepted for resale and some things organizers will not take.

Electronics, coffee makers, exercise machines, sofa beds, large appliances, clothing and shoes will not be accepted.

“Items that are needed include, but are not limited to, furniture, books, linens, kitchen items, and pots and pans,” Dillard said.

According to Dillard electronics do not typically do well at the sale.

“You know as well as I do the day you buy it it’s already obsolete and there are very few people who want an old box television or an old AM/FM radio,” she said.

A lot of the sale items that are not sold are given to area charity thrift stores, which will not take some electronic items. Dillard said it then becomes the obligation of the humane society to recycle the items.

“Kitchen products go really well and a lot of people with hunting cabins or seasonal homes can come and stock up,” she said.

Dillard said all the funding collected goes solely toward the day to day operations of the shelter.

“Some of the money would be used for food for litter and for cleaning products and anything to keep that facility running,” she said. “It is also for vet bills, which of course we do have, we do spay and neuter our animals before they are adopted out.”

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