Photo Johnny Jackson
The Salvation Army Henry County Service Center, in McDonough, has begun sealed bidding for this Brambach Baby Grand Piano, starting at $500. Pam Ward (standing) is a cashier at the service center, and Doug McClure is the center's director.
As the constant stream of patrons trickled into the store, most customers noticed the large piece standing out from the rest of the store's offerings.
The Brambach BaGrand Piano and Bench sit in the front window of The Salvation Army Henry County Service Center, shining with a glossy black finish. A small hymnal resting on the piano frame complete the look.
The piano is an anonymous donation to the service center, which sells new and gently used, donated goods, to help support its mission. Their mission is to assist needy families and individuals in the area, according to Doug McClure, the service center's director.
"It was extremely generous of them," McClure said. "They knew that the money would go to help people."
McClure devised a plan to sell the piano at a fair price, while giving as many people as possible, an opportunity to help support the service center purchasing the piano. The service center is selling the piano through a sealed bid process.
Now through noon, on Feb. 10, customers interested in buying the piano may place a sealed bid with The Salvation Army cashier.
The director said the sealed bids, which start at $500, must be written. They must include the date and time of bid, and be passed along to the cashier. Once the sealed bids are reviewed on Feb. 10, the piano purchase will be awarded to the highest bidder. He added that, in a tie-break scenario, the first bidder will have the winning bid.
The service center is located at 401 Racetrack Road in McDonough. It is open from 9 a.m., until 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday.
McClure said the money received from the winning piano bid will be designated to the service center's general funds budget, which is used to help support struggling families and individuals in the area.
"We help people with their bills," he explained. McClure noted that the service center assists between 25, to 30 families per month, on average, with paying rent and utility bills. It also provides other resources to struggling families, including furnishing free clothing to families in financial crisis, who express the need.
"I think it's awesome," said customer Deborah Hylton.
Hylton, of Wise, Va., has frequented the store since December. She said she is a visitor to McDonough, training at Norfolk Southern, to become a locomotive engineer.
"I love the store, and I love the people," she said. "The community has been one of the most giving I've ever seen. And I think it's wonderful for someone, out of the generosity of their heart, to give like this [donate a piano]."
To contact the Salvation Army Henry County Service Center, call (770) 957-8868.