Drum roll, we raised a record-breaking $24,300 during the 16th annual Gettysburg United — Give It Up For Good Sale during the Memorial Day weekend. Each year it takes 200 volunteers volunteering 800 hours to collect, sort, clean, display, price and sell tons of Gettysburg College surplus and student donations.

We can’t thank our Gettysburg College partner enough: Jim Biesecker, director of Facilities Planning & Management and his exceptional staff; his assistant, Ruth Miller, Patty Braun and her Moving and Summer Conference teams; Eric Richardson and his Groundskeeping Team; Melissa Runk and her Housekeeping Team; and, Student Recycling Intern, Jack Burns (2020). The sale would never happen without the athletic department which entrust the Hauser Field House to us and donated retired equipment, clothing and shoes. A special shout out goes to public safety who donated dozens of bikes and unclaimed “lost and found” items; and, dining services who provided a pizza lunch for us during crunch time.

The River Rock Academy team provided the young muscle needed to pick up student donations. ACCF Work Release teams provided the daily manly man power. We had lots of community volunteers who sorted and set up for the sale: Kathy Ambrose, Deb Anders, Billy and Kathy Berry, Dottie and Lynn Cairns, Millie Coshun, Pam Curley, Mark Grazulewicz, Linda and Richard Hagee, Theresa Roberts, Katherine Volk, Sandy and Steve Waybright, and many more. The Pike Restaurant, Gettysburg Rental Center and Gettysburg Lutheran Seminary hosted our sale signs and the YWCA lent us their Nearly New clothing racks. A special thank you goes to JDog Junk Removal & Hauling for their awesome donations.

Our sale volunteers are the best of the best and many also volunteered to help with sorting and sale set up. Our womanly woman cashiers were Ashley Andyshak-Hayes, Jennifer Eckerson, Kathy Gaskin, Christy Johnson, Cindy Keeney, Stephani Maitland, Ruthmary McIlhenny, Patty Melamed, Helen Miley, Loretta Plitt, Bicky Redman, Alesia Reese and Mary Wilson. Our credit card processors were Mike Jackman and Andy Donahue who processed $5,674 in sales. Our early bird greeters were Becky Beegle, Bill Gilmartin, Jane Gwyn and John Rudy. Our money counters were Harry Hartman, Jane Gwyn and Beth Fissel. Our floor and door monitors were Diana Fasnacht, Erin Messinger, Jess Rudy, Mary Lou Seamens, Wendy Sechrest. Our manly men and womanly woman movers were Leah Bernier, the Biesecker Clan – Jim, Becky, Alex, Emily, Diana, Cole, Chris Bunty, Alex Hayes, Jeremiah Klingensmith, Alex Paz, Marty Qually, Mark Reneker, Dennis Robinson, Darrin St. Clair, Zack Thomas, Nate Voss, Chuck Wessel, and Bob Witt.

We also were able to provide the Mercy House & Recovery Center with wardrobes, mattresses, three-drawer bedside storage units and desk lamps to help the county offset costs. After the sale, Don Bair, St. John’s Lutheran Church, selected items and filled up a 21-foot truck for his annual run to Appalachian Outreach in West Virginia. Leftover books were donated to the Friends of the Library and the Adams Rescue Mission picked up the leftover clothing, shoes and household goods.

Whether you donated, volunteered or shopped, THANK YOU! Over the past 16 years, we’ve recycled more than 400 tons of stuff and raised $305,000 for Adams County! Great things happen when you GIVE IT UP FOR GOOD!

Vickie Corbett is the executive director of the United Way of Adams County.

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