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BIG Sale raises $20,812 for three area charities

BOONE—The BIG Sale at Appalachian State University raised $20,812.09 for area charities Saturday, Aug. 16, and diverted 70 tons of materials that otherwise might have been taken to landfills.

View larger imageA student volunteer sorts through the many vacuum cleaners for sale at a previous year’s BIG Sale event. Photo by Marie Freeman

Hundreds of students, faculty, staff, and community members turned out for this 13th annual event sponsored by the university’s ACT office (Appalachian and the Community Together). Proceeds benefit F.A.R.M. Cafe, Habitat for Humanity of Avery County and the Farm Incubator Growers (FIG) Project at Maverick Farms by providing energy efficiency mini-grants.

Proceeds will also support an international service-learning scholarship for Appalachian students.

Held at Legends on campus, The BIG Sale offers gently used items at rock bottom prices. The carpets, couches, TVs, clothes, and many other assorted items had been salvaged from residence halls during last spring’s Don’t Throw it Away collections. Volunteers collected the materials that otherwise might have been hauled away to landfills.