WHS Music Boosters to conduct a “Winter Weed-Out” collection in February

Post date: Jan 25, 2017 12:1:3 PM

For the month of February, the Music Boosters, a volunteer parent support organization at Wells High School, will hold a textile fundraising drive to raise funds for the WHS Music Department and the Epilepsy Foundation. The fundraiser is called a “Winter Weed-Out” and is a great way for community members to make a non-monetary donation to a worthy cause plus do some serious ‘weeding out’ of their closets.

“It’s a clothing drive, except it’s more than just clothing, it’s any textiles,” commented school volunteer Ashley Breton before the first Weed-Out in 2016, a multi-community effort that generated 10 tons of clothing, and related items raising almost $4,000 for a very grateful Winter Guard team at WHS. This year’s Weed-Out is to help the WHS Music Department raise a portion of the $38,000 needed to take school band and choral members to Williamsburg for “Music in the Parks” this spring.

The following is a list of what can be accepted for the drive: clothing (even torn and stained clothing plus clean rags), clothing accessories, linens, towels, bedding, (sheets, blankets, quilts, comforters), curtains, drapes, shoes (even single shoes), purses, fabrics, uniforms, costumes, chair covers, slip covers, handbags, and backpacks.

If you have any of these items and would like to donate them, please bag them up in new garbage bags and deposit them in designated barrels located at Wells Town Hall, the Superintendent’s Office for the Wells-Ogunquit CSD, Wells High School, Wells Junior High School, Wells Elementary School or at the office of Prime Storage in Wells during regular business hours. Prime Storage is located across from the entrance to I-95 in Wells. Tax donation receipts will be available at the barrel locations.

This collection drive includes a “Stuff-the-Band Van” and a “Personal Pick-Up” day on February 4th and 18th from 8:00 a.m. till noon. The WHS Band van will be parked and ready for your bags at the Wells Transfer Station on those days and times to collect your bags. Or you can schedule a personal pick-up for your bags for either one of these days by contacting Ashley Breton at 646-7240 or writing her at: abreton@maine.rr.com. To qualify for a personal pick-up you must have five or more 13-gallon bags or three or more 30-gallon bags.

According to Breton, this collection drive would not be possible without the support of Prime Storage in Wells.

In the photo are some of last year’s Winter Weed-Out team members after loading up an Epilepsy Foundation vehicle in 2016.

A photo of the blue barrels to be used in the 2017 Winter Weed-Out textile collection drive