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United Way of Ross County
53 East Second Street
Chillicothe, Ohio 45601
p: (740) 773-3280

Bill McKell
"James 218"


"Second Saturday" returns this weekend

Spring Cleaning? Help others in tough times

Chillicothe, OH (April 9, 2009)

For folks who are busy with “spring cleaning” chores, the timing is right to donate household items that otherwise might be discarded or left unused and gathering dust.  For others, it’s an opportunity to support our local shelters.  “Second Saturday” provides a convenient opportunity for area residents to help others in the community, especially those affected by financial hardships or other life-changing circumstances.

“Second Saturday”
April 11
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Parking Lot at 30 East Main Street

The needs of three local agencies are highlighted this weekend: Goodwill Industries of South Central Ohio, Ross County Coalition Against Domestic Violence, and Community Action’s Men’s Shelter.

“During tough times, Goodwill Industries wants to be sure its retail store is stocked with basic housekeeping items that so many people need, at prices they can afford,” says Keith Alcorn, local executive director. “At the same time, the retail sales are funding Goodwill programs that provide job training and employment for people challenged by various disabilities and disadvantages.”

Donations also will be accepted for shelters serving the homeless. “Because women and children who are victims of domestic violence, or otherwise homeless, often arrive at the Phoenix House with little or no personal belongings, we must supply items for their everyday personal and housekeeping needs,” explains Bud Scharfetter, RCCADV executive director. Likewise, Community Action’s Emergency Shelter for Men relies on community donations to supply the residents’ basic needs, according to Dee Cuckler, shelter manager.

Specifically, the needs are:

  • Goodwill Industries: Basic housekeeping items in good condition, such as dishes, cookware, tableware, small home appliances and furnishings, gently used toys and clothing.
  • Ross County Coalition Against Domestic Violence: Personal grooming and hygiene products (deodorant, toothpaste, shampoo, body wash, feminine products); household paper products and cleaning supplies; baby bottles, diapers and wipes; women’s and children’s socks, slippers, underwear and pajamas.
  • Community Action Emergency Shelter for Men – Bath towels, washcloths, dish towels, paper towels and toilet tissue, shaving cream, dishwashing soap and laundry detergent.

Initiated in 2006 by United Way of Ross County and James 218, a ministry of Trinity United Methodist Church, this seasonal community outreach seeks donations for agencies and organizations serving local individuals and families in need.

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