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MEDIA ALERT: Donate gently-used clothing, household items at Oktoberfest
Big Brothers Big Sisters offers convenient drop-off for unwanted items Oct. 10

RENO, NV (Oct. 5, 2015) – Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern Nevada (BBBSNN) will provide another way for residents to donate gently-used items on Oct. 10, from 11 a.m.-5 p.m., in a partnership with Oktoberfest Harvest Jamboree in Sparks. The charity will be taking gently-used clothing, linens, shoes, toys, sporting goods and small kitchen and household items.

Furniture, televisions and other large items cannot be accepted at this event, but residents are encouraged to call BBBSNN if they have larger items or cannot drop off on Oct. 10. The charity can pick up items too numerous to bring, or help find an alternative to the items they do not take. Donation bins are also available year round in Reno, Sparks and Carson City.

"Donating these unwanted items helps the community twice," said Liza Maupin, CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern Nevada. "We keep unwanted items out of the landfill, and are also able to fund our mentoring programs for at-risk children."

BBBSNN matches Littles, at-risk children in Northern Nevada, with Bigs, adult mentors who can give Littles the positive, one-to-one relationships they need to succeed. Littles are more likely to graduate high school, go to college, get along with their families, and secure higher-paying jobs. During the 2014-15 school year, 86% of Littles in Washoe County graduated, compared with 65% of their similarly disadvantaged peers. More about the program can be found at

Oktoberfest Harvest Jamboree runs 11 a.m.-5 p.m. at Victorian Square in Sparks on Oct. 10. More about the event can be found at

The mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern Nevada is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported, one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.

Contact: J Merriman
775.473.4598 |

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