ASHLAND — The Ashland County Cancer Association is hard at work getting its ninth-annual rummage sale ready for a Thursday start.

The rummage sale will take place Thursday, Friday and Saturday at the Ashland County Fairgrounds.

This year’s sale is shaping up to be one of the largest yet, said Angela Woodward, ACCA’s executive director.

All said, last year’s sale brought $26,000 in proceeds that benefitted the organization, providing financial assistance and service to people battling cancer.

“Our goal is to raise $30,000 this year,” Woodward said. “And I’m hopeful. We have three-quarters more of the stuff this year.”

Shoppers can expect to find indoor and outdoor furniture, rugs, clothing and other various items, Woodward said. Some of the bigger ticket items include a small washing machine, bunk beds, TVs, name-brand purses and an entertainment center.

“There’s way too much to mention,” Woodward said.

People have been donating items since May 24. The last day to donate items for the sale was June 7.

The association’s fundraisers provide money for travel stipends, medication reimbursement and other costs that come with a cancer diagnosis, Woodward said. She said ACCA gives away around $130,000 each year to its clients.

This year’s proceeds will specifically aid the association’s transportation program, which was bolstered recently by the purchase of a transit van used to take clients to appointments related to cancer treatment.

“We go to Mansfield, Wooster — even Cleveland and Columbus,” Woodward said, adding the van also comes with a wheelchair lift in the back. The vehicle was purchased by Ashland County commissioners using CARES Act money. 

“The program is so valuable and it’s used basically everyday,” she said. 

Admission to the rummage sale is free and includes parking at the fairgrounds. The schedule is:

• Thursday, June 9: 2 to 8 p.m.

• Friday, June 10: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

• Saturday, June 11: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

On Saturday, the organization will have a bag sale. Shoppers can fill the bag full for $5.

“And then, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, everything is free,” Woodward said.

Anything left over will be made available to other charitable organizations, such as the Salvation Army, Christian Health Center and 4-H.

Woodward said those interested in volunteering during and immediately after the sale for “tear-down” can call her at 419-606-0549.

The Life section is supported by Brethren Care Village in Ashland.

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