FAR HILLS, NJ - Somerset Hills area residents just got a jolt of motivation to start spring cleaning - the Visiting Nurse Association of Somerset Hills begins accepting donations as of Saturday, April 9. Those donations will be stockpiled, sorted and later sold at the VNA's fundraising spring Rummage Sale, scheduled this year for May 6, 7 and 8.

The donation period is set for 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. daily on Mondays through Saturday, between April 9 to 27.

Volunteers from throughout the area that pitch in each spring and fall to staff the giant rummage sale will be on hand to assist with the unloading of donations at the sale location at the Far Hills Fairgrounds. The fairgrounds are located at the intersection of Route 202 and Peapack Road (Route 512) in Far Hills.

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Donations accepted, and resold, include a huge variety of clothing, household merchandise, sporting goods, toys, furniture, books, and many other items.

Basking Ridge-based VNA serves the Somerset and Morris areas

The Basking Ridge-based VNA uses proceeds from the volunteer-run sale to provide home health, hospice care and wellness services to community members, and their families, in Somerset and Morris counties who are without adequate insurance or financial resources.

In addition, the funds raised by the twice-a-year sales are used to help enable the VNA to offer wellness services not covered by insurance, according to the organization.

The VNA describes the event as the biggest and oldest rummage sale in New Jersey. Bargains are offered on items ranging from designer and everday clothing for all ages, to toys and sports equipment for all ages, furnishings, household necessities, artwork, Halloween costumes, holiday decorations and more. 

The donations that are accepted at a vehicle line-up at the fairgrounds are later sorted and tagged by the hundreds of volunteers and displayed in about two dozen "departments" under huge tents at the fairgrounds.

A list of acceptable items is posted online at the Visiting Nurse Association of Somerset Hills website.

The rummage sale also reaches the public through Facebook and Twitter.

The Visiting Nurse Association of Somerset Hills and its subsidiaries provide individuals and families in Somerset and Morris counties with comprehensive, high quality, cost-effective home and community healthcare services, regardless of ability to pay, using partnerships where appropriate, according to the VNA. The VNA is a charitable, tax-exempt home health agency and hospice certified by Medicare, accredited by the Community Health Accreditation Program and licensed by the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services. For more information, visit www.visitingnurse.org.