October 17, 2012

CAAC takes donations for future projects

The Express-Star

CHICKASHA — One person's trash is another's treasure. The Chickasha Area Arts Council is now accepting unwanted, but reusable items that would help support projects and activities in the community.

The donation station is located on the corner of Grand Ave. and 16th St in the driveway just west of Campus Corner's parking lot."The funds go to any projects we sponsor, like art classes for kids and adults," Susan Gearhart, board member of the CAAC said.According to Gearhart, all the funds raised in the donation station are sold to thrift stores. Things such as clothing, furniture and other sellable items. If any donated items are not sellable, they can be made into rags or find a new use.

"To date, the Chickasha Arts Council has received approximately $200 in revenue for items placed in the Donation Station," Gearhart said. "And all donations are tax deductible."

The idea of using a donation station came from a friend, Gearhart explained.

"Darlene Troup, who works at the 1st National Bank in Chickasha presented us with the idea," Gearhart said. "We all discussed the idea and then voted upon it. We decided we would try it out."

Donatable items include: clothes, shoes, towels, bedding, toys, small appliances, or furniture. If your items are too large to fit in the donation station you can call Professional Recyclers at 405.681.9926.

Professional Recyclers has been in Oklahoma since 1999. Based in Oklahoma City, the company's motto is "Partnering With You To Impact Our Community." Recycle for Charity is a program developed by Professional Recyclers that provides hassle free and convenient approach to recycling usable items that would normally end up in a landfill and to produce immediate revenue for local businesses and organizations like CAAC.

"Make sure you mention Chickasha Area Arts Council when donating larger items so the CAAC receivers the credit and revenue from your donation," Gearhart said.