FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
295 Carloads of Clutter Unloaded at Annual
Clear Your Clutter Day
[Bel Air, Maryland] May 28, 2015 – On April 25, 2015, hundreds of Harford County-area residents unloaded tons of clutter at the fifth annual Clear Your Clutter Day, hosted by Sappari Solutions Professional Organizing and Harford Community College (HCC). 295 vehicles full of unwanted items were unloaded by dedicated volunteers from the many local non-profits receiving and repurposing or recycling the discarded items.
The response from the now clutter-free attendees was overwhelmingly positive. Among the comments noted on the post-event surveys in the “What did you like most?” space were: “The friendly helpful people and learning about the businesses;” “So organized and volunteers so very pleasant;” and “Everything in one place and everyone so nice and happy!”
Event co-organizer and Sappari Solutions President Nettie Owens also enjoyed the event, saying, “The traffic flow was great this year. And even though there were fewer attendees than in past years, we still filled two shredding trucks by the end of the event.”
Of the lower turnout, Harford Community College Director for Community Education Pat Hogan speculates, “I think people are starting to get it: this event has helped Harford County-area residents understand that they can recycle and donate throughout the year and familiarize them with the facilities that help them do so.”
In all, event partners collected:
- Plastic grocery bags that filled ten 50-gallon bags for Kleins-ShopRite.
- 14,700 pounds of paper shredded to recycle for ShredInstead
- 40 boxes of books and 500 eyeglasses for the Lions Club
- 400 pounds of building materials for Habitat for Humanity (70% to ReStore and 30% for building)
- Items from 164 contributors, which filled a 52-foot trailer for Goodwill
- Over 50 purses for Harford Family House
- 50 yards worth of miscellaneous junk by BumbleJunk
- Cash donations totaling $1,460 and sponsorship support in the amount of $553 to benefit Habitat for Humanity.
Attendees were also encouraged to participate in a pre-event scavenger hunt. Each day leading up to the event, Sappari posted on its Facebook page a different type of item to set aside and bring to the Clear Your Clutter event. Each participant who successfully brought all of the items was entered into a raffle to win a three-month membership to the Bel Air Athletic Club. This year’s winner was Cara Middendorf of Edgewood.
Owens says the event would not have been possible without the support of event sponsors and partners including: Platinum Sponsors: Carl’s Door Service, Harford Community College’s Sustainability Office – Green Harford, Klein’s Shoprite, Sappari Solutions; Gold Sponsors: Bel Air Athletic Club, BrandIt Images, Coffee News, Grace Assembly of God, Harford Bank, Harford Cable Network, Harford County Chamber of Commerce, Harford’s Heart, Harford STYLE Magazine, Harford County Office of Recycling, Jigsaw Marketing Solutions, The Town of Bel Air; Silver Sponsors: Harford County Government–Sustainability Office, Bruce Hechmer–Long & Foster,MyWayStorage, Havre de Grace Green Team, Tikiz Shave Ice & Ice Cream; Bronze Sponsors: Barely Used Consignments on Main Street, BumbleJunk, Jim Miele–Miele Wealth, Kilby Cream, Keen Contracting–John Dodson,Rita’s Italian Ice Churchville.
About Sappari Solutions, LLC (www.nettieowens.com)
Sappari Solutions, LLC is a leading professional organizer serving residents and small businesses in Harford County. Since 2004, Sappari Solutions has provided its clients organizational solutions that fit their lifestyle, budget and schedule. Sappari Solutions is highly committed to protecting the environment and to sustainable business practices firm-wide as well as for its clients.
About Harford Community College (www.harford.edu)
Harford Community College (HCC) provides high quality, accessible and affordable educational opportunities and services — including university transfer, career, developmental and continuing education programs — that promote professional competence, economic development, and improve the quality of the life in a multicultural community. The College supports the Maryland State Plan for Higher Education and is committed to expanding undergraduate degree opportunities to fulfill state workforce shortages in areas of teacher preparation, health care, and technology, and to advance degree attainment for minorities particularly in relation to Title VI of the Civil Rights Act [of 1964].
Photo Credit: Matt Button, The Aegis