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Friends of Legal Services book sale expected to raise $50,000

May 05, 2010|By KATE S. ALEXANDER

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- More than 50,000 books will help provide Franklin County Legal Services, the Law Offices of WIN Victim Services and Mid-Penn Legal Services with the means to continue offering free legal aid to low-income people this year.

The organizations will benefit from the 26th Annual Book Sale of Friends of Legal Services at Wilson College starting Friday, according to Mahesh Rao, who heads up the event.

"I don't think we would be able to survive without it," Rao said of the book sale.

He expected the sale to raise as much as $50,000.

Like most nonprofits, the organizations rely heavily on donations, but the book sale is the only fundraiser.

Between the three organizations, about 1,500 people each year seek legal aid beyond simple advice, most often involving court proceedings, Rao said.

"It is very essential," he said of the service.

Because not everyone can afford a lawyer to settle civil matters, the organizations are available to help everyone resolve their cases, Rao said.

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Starting as early as July, volunteers collect more than 1,000 boxes of books, sort them by category and assign prices, he said.

Not much has changed in the 26 years of the event and not much can change, according to Rao.

"This is a well-oiled machine," he said.

However, more hands would help.

"There is a lot of work to do and we could always use more volunteers," Rao said.

Anyone with a love of books and a desire to help low-income people obtain legal services is welcome to help next year, he said.

The sale is always Mother's Day weekend.

IF YOU GO:



What: 26th Annual Book Sale ofFriends of Legal Services

Where: Wilson College, Laird Hall, Chambersburg, Pa.

When: Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 4 p.m.

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