OUS student plans rummage sale for American Cancer Society

Published 10:22 am Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Do a little shopping and support a good cause. That’s the idea behind Heather Dishman’s service learning project for the American Cancer Society.

Dishman, a senior at Ohio University Southern, is hosting a rummage sale Friday to benefit the American Cancer Society and complete her requirements for a class.

Dubbed “Rummaging for a Cure,” the event will help fund the supply closet of the Huntington chapter of the ACS, which contains hairpieces and other supplies for cancer patients.

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She said the project has taught her how difficult it is to put together an event like this one.

“This is what my contacts at the American Cancer Society do everyday,” Dishman said. “To put myself in their shoes is very rewarding.”

She decided to help support the American Cancer Society because her close friend has survived cancer and the disease has affected her family as well.

“It hits us all,” Dishman said. “It’s a sensitive area. I thought, what better way to help them.”

So far, nearly 30 bags of clothing and several pieces of furniture have been donated to the rummage sale. Dishman is still accepting donations.

“Anything really (will be accepted),” she said, adding that baby items and furniture are especially wanted.

Dishman has set a goal of $300 for the event, though she said she will be happy with whatever she raises.

“That would put a smile on my face to be able to hand that over to them,” she said.

The rummage sale is scheduled for Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Burlington Fire Department. Anyone who wants to donate items for the sale may contact Dishman at 304-654-7462.