Barrington school wants your used sports equipment

Former Hampden Meadows School students hold signs asking for donations for a prior year's used sporting goods sale. Former Hampden Meadows School students hold signs asking for donations for a prior year's used sporting goods sale.

Former Hampden Meadows School students hold signs asking for donations for a prior year's used sporting goods sale.

Former Hampden Meadows School students hold signs asking for donations for a prior year’s used sporting goods sale.

It is time to donate your gently used sporting goods to Hampden Meadows School in Barrington.

The PTO at the school is gathering the gear and equipment in preparation for the annual HMS Used Sporting Goods Sale being held on March 8. That sale will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the school auditorium.

“The sports sale is really a home run,” said Kelly Nelson, co-chair of the event. “Donors benefit by clearing out their garages and basements; shoppers get amazing bargains on a wide range of sporting equipment, and the HMS PTO benefits by earning money to help fund special programs for the children.”

“We are looking for donations from the entire community,” said Valerie Williams the other co-chair. “We like to provide equipment for all ages and sizes, not just for fourth- and fifth-grade HMS students.

“Many times, families with high school-aged children have a great supply of equipment just sitting in their garages unused. If it isn’t convenient for someone to drop the equipment off at the school, we’d be happy to collect it.”

People can call the HMS office at 247-3166 to arrange a pick-up. The deadline to donate in March 7.

Each year, an extensive assortment of items is available for purchase — everything someone might need for baseball, lacrosse, soccer, football, basketball, and field and ice hockey. But the sale always includes a selection of other items — bicycles in all sizes, skateboards, golf clubs, fishing equipment, tennis racquets, ice skates, jogging strollers, exercise equipment, goals, ski gear, sleds and more.

Last year, there were hundreds of barely-used cleats and ice skates in all sizes, priced at $5 or less. Bicycles in all sizes sold for as low as $15. A complete set of quality golf clubs sold for $20.

Many items donated are brand new.

How to donate

A donation box is located outside under the Hampden Meadows School entrance and remains out during school hours. Anyone who has items to donate and needs to arrange a pick-up can contact the HMS school office at 247-3166.

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