American Rescue Workers to hold parking lot sale to benefit homeless

Due to the tremendous need to raise funds in support of their homeless and hunger prevention programs, the American Rescue Workers (ARW) are planning a three-day parking lot furniture sale. Used merchandise will be available for sale between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Aug. 1 through 3 in the ARW parking lot across the street from 643 Elmira St. The sale will be held rain or shine.

According to Colonels Sam and Dawn Astin, co-commanding officers of the American Rescue Workers, proceeds from this three-day event will support the operating expenses of the ARW outreach to families in need in Williamsport and Lycoming and Clinton Counties. (The American Rescue Workers maintain shelters at 643 Elmira St. and at the Saving Grace Shelter located at 324 Campbell St. They also operate The Love Center, a soup kitchen and social service center, located at Allegheny and Howard Streets in Jersey Shore).

“Here’s your chance to purchase good used furniture at ridiculously low prices,” said Col. Sam Astin. “We’ll have all types of chairs, shelves, living room, dining room, kitchen, bedroom furniture, household furnishings and LOTS of unique, eclectic items.”

According to Col. Dawn Astin, the sale runs for three days and additional used merchandise will be added daily.

Col. Dawn Astin said the American Rescue Workers would like to remind the public that by donating their used clothing, shoes, books, clothing accessories, linens, household items and furnishings, the funds from the recycling process of these items stays in Lycoming County to help residents remain self-sufficient or place them in programs that prevent homelessness. The organization is not affiliated with any of the clothing or shoe collection boxes placed in area businesses and does not benefit from the proceeds of the sale of these items.

“Know where your donation is going and what it is being used for,” said Col. Dawn Astin. “We keep your $100 contribution in Lycoming County as well as the proceeds from the contribution of one shirt. It all stays in Lycoming County. Not one dime of it leaves this county.”

Anyone who would like their clothing and good used furniture picked up at their home should call the American Rescue Workers at 323-8401 ext. 110 to arrange for a pick-up, or visit and scroll down to truck stations/donations, to find the nearest truck pick-up location.

Their Donation Center is open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday on the corner of Elmira and High Streets.

Other ways the public can help the American Rescue Workers is by making purchases at any one of their thrift stores located in Williamsport, Lock Haven, Jersey Shore, Mifflinburg, Milton, Canton and Selinsgrove. Additionally, they can attend ARW live auctions or visit their eBay site (www.arw where over 200 items are available for purchase at any given day.