Used book sale takes off at Trinity Lutheran Church

October 12, 2007|By ASHLEY HARTMAN

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Doug and Phyllis McCullough began selling used books at Trinity Lutheran Church in Greencastle three years ago to raise money for a lawnmower the church needed when it moved to its present home on Jason Drive.

Now the book sale is in its fourth year and has grown from selling 2,000 books to selling 12,000. Proceeds now also go to local charities and have increased from $800 the first year to $2,800 the third year.

During the second year of the book sale, the church partnered with Habitat for Humanity of Franklin County and half of the book sale's proceeds go to the organization.

"Being a church, we were trying to find ways to reach out to the community," Doug McCullough said.

"We thought this would be a good way to help charity," Phyllis McCullough said. "We like what Habitat does and we knew there were other charities in need."


On Monday, a group of six volunteers were at the church pricing books for the sale based on age and condition. Prices range from 25 cents to $3, with a few books that are $5 to $6.

"We have all kinds of books," said Doug McCullough, naming mysteries, biographies, travel books, cookbooks and children's books.

"The community has been very generous with their books," he said. "Some people have given us brand new books."

Arlene Sipple moved to Greencastle six months ago, and is helping with the book sale for the first time.

"I love books and it's something I could help with and get involved with the church," Sipple said.

It is also Ginger Shriver's first time helping with the book sale. She recently moved to Waynesboro, Pa., from Hagerstown.

"I wanted to be more active here in the projects, particularly (the church's) outreach projects," Shriver said. "I think it's good because many people like books."

Helen Clever of Greencastle has helped with the book sale since it began and said it really has grown over the years.

Now in her second year of helping with the book sale, Marie Dean of Waynesboro said she became involved initially to meet new people because she was new to the church.

"I also love books," Dean said. "It seems this year (there is) a nice quality of books."

The local charities that will receive a portion of the book sale's proceeds are Waynesboro Human Services, the food bank in McConnellsburg, Pa., Big Brothers Big Sisters of Chambersburg, Pa., and The Lunch Place in Waynesboro.

"I think it's just amazing - we've received an amazing amount of books," Phyllis McCullough said.

The church will continue to collect books until Oct. 19.

Drop-off sites for the books, other than at the church, are at Sunnyway Foods in Greencastle and Chambersburg, the office of Charles Strausbaugh at 45 Walnut St. in Waynesboro, the office of Carolyn Horst at 32 E. Baltimore St. in Greencastle and Habitat for Humanity at 23 N. Third St. in Chambersburg.

During the sale on Nov. 3, customers can fill up a large brown bag with books for $6 and with the purchase of three bags of books, get the fourth bag free.

Books that the sale does not take are: Reader's Digest condensed books, encyclopedias, textbooks and anything moldy or musty.

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