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April 14 post-wide yard sale aimed at reducing waste

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April 5, 2012 | Living
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Women look over clothes laid across many tables to find a bargain at an Eglin Air Force, Fla., base yard sale in 2010. Fort Hood is hosting a Post-wide Yard Sale 8 a.m.-2 p.m. April 14 in its 13 housing areas. Photo by 2d Lt. Andrew Caulk, US Air Force
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There may be more than 6,000 yard sales on Fort Hood April 14 when every resident on post can participate in the Post-wide Yard Sale.

Fort Hood officials are encouraging residents to bring out items they have in their homes that they’re no longer using or that they want to get rid of.

“What happens is a lot of times people tend to put that out on the curb, and that goes into our landfills,” Nieomi King, Fort Hood Family Housing community services manager, said. “The goal of Net Zero is to close our Fort Hood landfill by the year 2020.

“We’re saying bring it all out, make a little money in the process and let somebody else take those items that they very well may need or could use,” she said.

Because military Families have traveled the world, the items up for sale may be worldlier than traditional off-post yard sales.

King said these unique items that are no longer needed or that Soldiers no longer have room for can now become someone else’s treasure.

The yard sale begins at 8 a.m. in all of the post’s 13 housing areas, and sales are open to on- and off-post residents.

Julie Cordova, from the Garrison Safety Office, reminded residents to think about yard sale safety.

“There will be a lot of people walking and a lot of cars parked on the street, so it’s going to be narrower than you’re used to. Please take it slower that you normally would, and keep your eyes open and follow all traffic signals,” she said.

“It’s also important to look out for your own safety and your own security,” she added. “It’s not really a good idea to let people into your house. If they ask to use your restroom or your phone, just tell them where the nearest shoppette or gas station is.”

Residents should also keep pets, flammables, chemicals and other potentially dangerous items out of sight. Cordova added that sellers should keep their money with them at all times using a fanny pack or money belt.

“When you start to get a large amount, go lock it up in your house,” she said.

A safety checklist is available online at www.hood.army.mil/netzero.

While some off-post military Families have expressed interest in selling items, too, King said the goal is to take things off the installation so they don’t end up in the landfill.

“We are not allowing anyone who lives outside of Fort Hood to bring items onto the post to sell,” she said.

The Net Zero Waste team has invited three charitable organizations on post April 14 to encourage others to reuse the items. At 11 a.m., two of the organizations will drive to each housing area to pick up furniture or household goods that didn’t sell that residents would like to donate.

“Furniture for Families will be looking for your gently used furniture,” King said. “Mind you, they don’t have any use for items that are damaged beyond repair. They are going to use those to help Families in need.

“Killeen ISD’s Home Awareness Response Program, also known as HARP, will be coming through with them, and they’ll be collecting any other items that may benefit Families in need within the Killeen School District,” she added.

Goodwill will also have five drop-off points where residents can donate unsold items. Drop off locations will be at the Warrior Way and Clear Creek Commissaries, in Pershing Park across the street from the shoppette on Hoover Hill, in the Kouma Village parking lot and in the Montague Village parking lot on Old Montague Road.

“All of these things that you allow them to take are tax deductible and they go to a very good cause,” King said.

Residents who would like to take part in the Post-wide Yard Sale need to contact their community life noncommissioned officer or village mayor.

Visitors without a DoD decal wishing to shop at the sale will need to stop by the visitor’s center with their driver’s license, vehicle registration and proof of insurance. Passengers will also need to show ID at the gate.

Those arriving on motorcycle, including passengers, will be required to wear a Department of Transportation Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 218 or Snell Standard M2005 approved motorcycle helmet fastened under the chin, full fingered abrasion-resistant gloves or mittens, long sleeved shirt/jacket and long trousers, foot protection and eye protection. Reflective vests are required for Soldiers, civilian employees, Families and retirees and are encouraged for all other visitors.
 
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