The Urban Neighborhood Alliance (UNA) and Ross Elementary School PTA hosted a neighborhood spring cleanup and rummage sale on Saturday, April 28 from 9 am to 2 pm at Ross Elementary School, 1730 R Street NW. Local residents rented tables, cleaned out their closets and storage bins, and sold their wares.
The variety of goods for sale included clothing, kitchen accessories, toys, books, videos and movies, furniture and jewelry. Members of the community also took advantage of a special recycling center at Ross and brought their hard-to-recycle items to the event (paint, electronics, chemicals, etc.)
Lee Granados was one of the event’s organizers and member of the UNA and Ross PTA. “We arranged for Charlie’s Place to pick up needed items for their clients at the end of the event. Central Mission was called when most people decided to donate what they could not sell. They took everything and are looking forward to future partnerships and opportunities with UNA events. Both organizations received everything from clothes to furniture, and ranged from items for babies to adults,” said Granados.
In addition, 1-800-Got-Junk picked up items that could not be donated, as well as all electronics to be safely deposited at an e-cycle location. Leftover books went to Books for America, which builds and improve libraries in DC-area schools, shelters, prisons and other institutions. The organization also supports reading programs and provides children with their first take-home books.
“Our sincerest thanks goes to TD Bank for shredding the documents of residents securely at their S Street location. And most importantly, thank you to Stonewall Sports and old City Green for their donation of time and money to care for the tree boxes along 17th Street,” said Granados.
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