Volunteers needed for furniture event

By Bryan Richardson

As Furniture Amnesty Day grows larger, the need for volunteers does as well.

The event is from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, July 25, in the City Park parking lot near the Wilson baseball fields.

The city and HandsOn Kansas State is seeking 50 volunteers - 20 in the morning and 30 in the afternoon.

“We’ve had an average of 20 volunteers in the last five years,” said Lynda Bachelor, director of HandsOn Kansas State. “That’s not enough.”

Bachelor said close to 10 volunteers have signed up so far. If interested, sign up online at

Last year, the event involved more than 550 households and 1,000 individuals, but more activity is expected this year.

“We’re promoting earlier, so more people will bring furniture,” Bachelor said.

The public is invited to drop off furniture from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, July 25.

If you would like to donate your furniture but are unable to drop it off, contact the city at or 587-2454 to schedule a pickup time the day of the event.

Limited pickup times are available. Pickup is only available within Manhattan city limits.

Bachelor said there are five vehicles for these pickups, an increase of two from last year. She said each vehicle can do 15 pickup runs during the event.

Acceptable donations include sofas, recliners, chairs, tables, mattresses, lamps, entertainment centers, dressers, etc. Appliances, electronics, pianos and grills are among the items that will not be collected.

For those wanting to select furniture, time slots will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.

Bachelor said there will be time slots for 240 households, an increase from last year’s 188 slots.

Time slot assignment begins at 8 a.m. and will last until all slots are filled. Slots are available from noon to 5 p.m.

After 5 p.m., anyone can select from the furniture that is left.

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