Story posted June 07, 2009
Give & Go 2009 has come and gone, leaving record proceeds in its wake.
Organizers say the giant sale, held Saturday, June 6, 2009, made more than $42,000.
Always a popular event in the community, this year’s sale drew thousands of people, the first of whom arrived in line at 4:30 a.m. for an 8 o'clock start Saturday morning.
"When I arrived at 6 a.m. the hallway was already full and the first few people were standing by the door outside," says Give and Go Sale Committee Secretary Joanne Adams.
"In the first two hours we let in 3,100 people and saw about 4,000 all day between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m."
The sale comprising items departing students can't or don't want to lug home was held for the first time off-campus in Fort Andross.
Net proceeds from the sale are distributed to participating non-profits based on the number of hours they have volunteered for the event.
Non-profit groups participating this year:
A Paw in the Door
American Legion #171
Beth Israel Congregation
Bowdoin Central School Parent Teacher Club
Brunswick Coastal Rotary
Brunswick Trinidad Sister City Association
Brunswick Venture Crew 789
Cathance River Education Alliance
Coastal Maine Great Dane Rescue
Compassion Center of Midcoast Maine
Daughters of Isabella 508
Eagles Wresting Club
Fairhaven Assembly of God Church
Girl Scout Troop 648
Maine Voc-Tech 10
Merriconeag Waldorf School
Merrymeeting Community Shares
Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program
Pejepscot Historical Society
Saint Mary's Church
Seventh Day Adventist Church
Woolwich Junior Athletics
The Seventh-Day Adventist Church in Brunswick packed up the remaining clothing for distribution to those in need.
Give & Go is another example of Bowdoin's commitment to sustainability, promoting the reuse of viable items and sparing them from the landfill — all while helping non-profit organizations in the community.