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For nearly 130 years, Dane County, Wis.-based Attic Angel Association has worked to improve the quality of life for children and older adults. This year, they’ve gotten a little help from custom reusable grocery bags. Since 1983, the organization has given more than $7 million to the greater Madison community, while also offering a complete continuum of care for seniors—be it through independent living facilities, semi-independent living or assisted living. They do so with the help of about 550 member-volunteers and through fundraisers, such as their Annual Attic Sale. Since its inception more than 50 years ago, the sale has grown exponentially. What began in member-volunteer garages has expanded to encompass two full-size indoor soccer fields.
“There are antiques and treasures and very practical things, sofas and you name it. And it’s all displayed by department,” says Judy Brannstrom, Development Officer for Attic Angel Community. “We take it in all year, and our volunteers sort, clean, price, pack, label it and move it to the sale site. The public comes into our sale for two days, and boom, it’s done for a year.”
As a recipient of a 4imprint® one by one® grant, Attic Angel Association ordered custom reusable grocery bags: Value Grocery Totes. They found a great use for promotional products for nonprofits. For a $5 donation per bag, attendees can stuff their bag with anything that fits in it during the final hours of the sale. It’s an effective way to move merchandise at the end of the sale, while still raising valuable funds.
This year’s Annual Attic Sale netted over $60,000, which will be distributed as grants to agencies that provide mental health services for children in grades K-12, the organization’s annual focus for this year. The cause is vital to the health of the community’s children—experts estimateone in five children in Dane County has a mental health concern.
“It’s a win/win situation. By coming in, our customers are really helping us and therefore helping the greater community where they live and work and play,” Brannstrom says.