Yard Sale for Autism Saturday

When Amanda Wingrove’s 11-year-old son Logan was diagnosed with Asberger’s syndrome, a form of autism, at the age of 9, she didn’t know where to go for help.

Today, she’s not only found a support group but is lending her support to it by organizing the 2014 Yard Sale for Autism Saturday at the Oak Grove Recreation Center on B.F. Goodrich Road. The sale will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Part of the proceeds will go to the support group, which has provided a lifeline for many parents with children on the autism spectrum.

“There’s nothing in this area,” said Beth Eddy, secretary for the Autism Center of Southeastern Ohio, Inc. regarding the lack of available help and information on autism.

Wingrove found out about the Washington County support group through Eddy, who started the group with Tammy Hanger, the parent mentor for Washington County. Eddy, whose 12-year-old son Kraven was diagnosed with autism at 18 months old, joined ACSO in 2009.

After attending the support group for several months, Wingrove became a board member last November and is now the chair for the ACSO 2014 Yard Sale for Autism.

The sale will feature indoor and outdoor spaces for vendors, who are provided two tables with set up and tear down included. Vendors are required to pay a $35 fee but get to keep the proceeds they gather from the sale. The fee is split with $20 going to the renovation of the Oak Grove Recreation Center and $15 to the group’s account. There is still room for more vendors, Wingrove said.

Community members are also encouraged to donate items for the yard sale, she said.

The group is currently in need of both item donations for the sale itself and food donations for the event’s snack bar. They have been provided water from the ParMar corporation, buns and ice from IGA and boxes and bags from Giant Eagle.

The yard sale is also in need of extra volunteers.

“Anybody who wants to volunteer can come. We’ll need help getting everything ready on Friday evening then all day on Saturday,” Wingrove said.

Proceeds from the sale will go into the WASH support group account, which provides child care funds for the parents during the group’s meetings and funds for the respite events that the group organizes for the families. Clothing donations will be given to the Gospel Mission Food Pantry.

The event has been held before at Ewing School. Because of the change in location, Wingrove believes there’s been a decrease in awareness about the sale.

While this is the fourth year that the yard sale has been scheduled, it is not established as an annual event, which both Wingrove and Eddy expressed their desire to change.

“It’s not our most prestigious event, but it’s an essential one,” Eddy said.

Wingrove explained that she joined ACSO and the support group because of its efforts to raise awareness.

“It’s a life line for all of the families,” she said.