Donated books, CDs can help Y
MERRIMACK – Your CD collection is gathering dust, thanks to your iPod, and your bookshelves are cluttered with best-sellers from the 1990s. You don’t want to trash the lot, but you’re not sure how to best clean house.
One option: donate the stuff to the Greater Nashua YMCA, which will help raise money for a new facility, a project that just broke ground this week.
The YMCA has struck up an agreement with “Got Books?”, a for-profit professional fundraiser and used book seller based out of Wilmington, Mass. In addition to having several used book stores – including one on Daniel Webster Highway in Nashua – Got Books raises money for charities, schools and churches through item collection.
Here’s how it works: Got Books has placed a container outside the YMCA’s Merrimack location at 6 Henry Clay Drive. People drop old – and new – books, CDs, DVDs, videos, records and audio books inside. When it’s full, Got Books empties the container and pays the YMCA 4 cents for every pound inside.
The container holds 3,500 pounds, which means the YMCA can raise up to $140 each time, said Michelle Bushee, marketing coordinator for Got Books, Inc.
Got Books then sells donated materials in stores, sends them to local troops serving overseas or offers them to teachers needing to beef up their classroom libraries, Bushee said.
The fundraiser is being sponsored specifically by the YMCA’s “In Motion” youth dance troupe. The troupe, made of up girls ages 8 to 15, has pledged to raise $50,000 toward the construction of the new building. They will be rewarded by naming one of the new facility’s dance studios.
To date, the YMCA has raised more than $8 million of its $10 million capital campaign goal. Construction has just started on the 40,000-square-foot building, which is being built at 50 Stadium Drive, adjacent to Stellos Stadium, Mine Falls Park and Conway Arena. It’s expected to open next spring.
For more information on the fundraiser, contact Got Books at www.GotBooks.com or call 1-978-284-2500.
For more information on the YMCA of Greater Nashua, or to make a donation, call 598-1533 or visit www.nmymca.org.
Karen Lovett can be reached at 594-6402 or firstname.lastname@example.org.