Taco, a 10-year-old gray classic tabby shorthair, hides in her box in the cat room at the Clayton County Humane Society’s shelter in Jonesboro. Humane Society officials are in dire need of donations for their yard sale fundraiser so they can raise enough money to care for animals such as Taco. (Staff Photo: Curt Yeomans)
JONESBORO — In two weeks, residents from across the Southern Crescent will descend upon Jonesboro High School for the Clayton County Humane Society’s fall yard sale fundraiser.
They will look for deals, odds and ends and hidden treasures for their homes. Some will come to support the Humane Society. Others will come to find a new nick-knack to display to guests. A few might even be in search for that little something they hope some antique appraiser will say is worth a fortune.
All of them, though, will be buying items donated by their neighbors. However, there is a problem that could derail everything — donations have so far been down for this sale.
“We currently have about one-half the items to sell that we usually have at this point before the sale,” Gwen Lyle said.
The fact that donations have been slow to come in is no surprise because they typically trickle in until the eleventh hour, when there is a massive flood of new items. However, it’s the fact that donations are below normal for this point in the collection process that has officials worried.
Proceeds from the sale are used to help pay for operating expenses at the Humane Society’s no-kill shelter in Jonesboro. Those expenses range from dog and cat food to office and cleaning supplies.
The shelter doesn’t receive federal, state or local funding, so whatever it can raise through fundraisers such as its twice-a-year yard sales is all it has to live off of.
The Humane Society will only take gently used items for the sale. Examples of items they can’t accept include clothing, shoes, mattresses, box springs, water beds, sleeper sofas, infant cribs, car seats, tires, metal file cabinets, large appliances, older computer monitors and television models and metal desks.
Tax receipts will be given to people who make donations, and appointments must be made to drop items off at the SecureCare storage facility at 1515 Mt. Zion Road in Morrow.
People interested in making a donation should call 770-363-4132 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lyle said she would accept donations through Oct. 2.