(From left) Helen Bell, Securcare Storage manager, Gwen Lyle, Community Outreach coordinator, Doug Elliott, Humane Society volunteer and Lulu, a rescued Pit Bull mix, stand in front of a portion of the donations for the Clayton County Humane Society’s Treasures for Paws yard sale May 4.
JONESBORO Gwen Lyle hopes this weekend will turn out to be a repeat of last fall’s successful Clayton County Humane Society’s Mega Yard Sale.
The last yard sale drew steady crowds all day, which was rare for the biannual event. Humane Society officials were pleased with that turnout since the sale is one of three major fundraisers held to keep the group’s animal shelter in Jonesboro open.
But the shelter requires a lot of money to stay open and the time has come for another sale to generate additional funding. Lyle and volunteers have spent the last month and a half collecting donations for the next sale, which will be Saturday, from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. at Jonesboro High School, 7728 Mt. Zion Blvd.
“We can’t do what we do without the community’s support,” said Lyle, who is the yard sale’s organizer. “It’s just a vital link in the Humane Society of Clayton County being able to operate. It’s the community coming out and supporting us by donating all of these items and then coming out to shop and support us on sale day.”
Lyle said it is not too late to donate items for the sale. However, she added Wednesday is the final day she can accept donations because it takes volunteers time to sort through items, assign them prices and to get everything packed up to take to the school.
So far, the Humane Society has received enough donations to fill two large storage units at SecurCare Self Storage in Morrow. Items donated for this yard sale include sofas, exercise bikes, a treadmill, exercise weights, skis, toys, artwork, electronics and house wares.
“It’s a good spread of different kinds of stuff,” Lyle said.
She added the Humane Society has been appreciative of SecurCare owners, who have donated a storage unit to the nonprofit group year-round to store items for its yard sales.
“They’ve been really supportive, even to the extent of the property manager coming out and helping us price donations,” said Lyle.
Any resident who wishes to make a last minute donation to the Humane Society can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com, or call 770-363-4132.
Lyle added she isn’t expecting rain Saturday, but she said a May 11 back-up date has been reserved in case the weather isn’t cooperative this weekend.