Mega Sale needs mega donations

Article Published: Oct. 14, 2010 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011
Mega Sale needs mega donations

Watauga High School junior Alex Jolly stands outside an empty donation truck. She hopes this will change as donations add up for Mountain Alliance's Mountain Mega Sale.

Photo by Lauren K. Ohnesorge

Watauga High School junior Alex Jolly could be doing anything on a Tuesday afternoon.

With sunny skies and fall breezes, she could be hitting the Greenway, hanging out with friends or catching up on her studies beneath a red and yellow tree.

Instead, she's sitting in the back of a giant white truck in the high school parking lot, waiting for donations that aren't coming.

"It will get better," she said with a smile.

Jolly, a Mountain Alliance volunteer is manning the donation truck for the "Mountain Mega Sale," billed as a "Sale so big we need a gym." Mountain Alliance (MA) teamed up with Friends of the Blue Ridge Parkway (FBRP) for the event and is hoping for the community to step up and show its enthusiasm.

Donations are starting to trickle in.

"We actually got one today," Jolly said, "a big wicker chair and a small footstool."

But Jolly, along with the rest of MA and FBRP are hoping for a lot more in order to make their event a success. To Jolly, MA isn't just another organization to put on a college resume. The ever articulate student, Jolly is passionate about MA.

"I moved up here freshman year, and I heard about Mountain Alliance and heard that they do a lot of things outdoors, and I really liked that," she said.

Now, two years later, she's a part of its leadership program. "It's mostly juniors and seniors, and we help to organize the fundraiser," she said.

MA is a program she wants to see continue and hopes the fundraiser will not only help the organization financially, but will encourage others to join, for an important reason.

"It lets me go outside and do things I normally wouldn't have done," she said. "It just brings all the students together to do good stuff, helping instead of following some of the bad influences. It gives us something good and worthwhile."

Mountain Alliance teens certainly keep busy, having participated in the Blowing Rock cleanup and the Polar Plunge. Their next project? Hosting the Winter Fest Silent Auction in January.

Friends of the Blue Ridge Parkway works to promote and preserve the Blue Ridge Parkway, and its Boone/Blowing Rock chapter got its charter over the summer.

Both organizations encourage communities to clean out their closets, basements and garages to find items that need a new home.

All donations must be reusable and in working condition. Large appliances, mattresses, electronics and clothing are not accepted. All donations are tax-deductible and can be brought to the Old Emergency rescue Area in Blowing Rock between the police station and the old fire station (Wednesdays and Saturdays, 9 a.m. to noon) and Watauga High School in Boone in the first parking lot on the right as you enter the school, by the green Mountain Alliance bus (Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 to 5 p.m.).

The Mountain Mega Sale happens Saturday, Oct. 23, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 24, from noon to 3 p.m. Previously held by the Blowing Rock Rotary Club, the sale is an annual event in the High Country.

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