'Re-use' event set for Saturday

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

A unique opportunity to help your neighbors, or help yourself, is happening in Lewisburg on Saturday, April 25.

Inspired by stories of people using the County's convenience centers to dispose of perfectly good furniture, tools, and other things, the Lewisburg Rotary came up with the idea of a re-use event. People are being urged to donate any re-usable items, from large or small appliances, furniture, and tools to household linens and accessories.

Saturday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. it will be "first come first serve," as people look through what's on offer and take anything they need, absolutely free, no strings attached.

Donations will be accepted Friday afternoon, April 24, from 2 to 6 p.m., and Saturday morning from 8 to 10 a.m. at the parking lot of The Acres shopping center, next to the Goodwill Store. Anything left at the end of the day will either be given to the Goodwill, or discarded as trash.

The annual Household Hazardous Waste day will also be taking place at The Acres parking lot that Saturday morning, so Marshall County residents can get rid of all the "stuff" they don't need in one day, as well as have a chance to pick up something they do need - for free.

Elizabeth McDow, director of Columbia State Community College's Lewisburg site, and also a Rotarian, says she will have a small army of volunteers standing by to help people load and unload their items. If you choose something large and have no truck to take it home in, McDow says delivery can be arranged. She says she's already had calls from people eager to participate in this Neighbors Helping Neighbors event, including one from a woman who said such a thing would have been a Godsend to her when she was a struggling single mother.

In case of rain, McDow says the Goodwill has graciously agreed to let them use their warehouse space at the back of the store. Household hazardous waste day will also go ahead regardless of the weather, so make a definite plan to be at The Acres on Saturday, April 25.

For more information, call Morgan Thomas, Marshall County Solid Waste Director, at 359-0547.