For some people, surprises can be found in the most unexpected of places. And Cathy McAllister certainly may not have anticipated finding a stash of money inside an old discarded book, as she did in February 2019. After having discovered the cash, however, the volunteer went on to make an interesting decision.
Back in 1949, the Visiting Nurse Service Auxiliary (VNSA) organization was founded in Phoenix, Arizona. Then, a few years later, those volunteers hosted a fundraiser known as the Used Book Sale. And during that event in 1957, the VNSA brought in around $900. That achievement in turn kick-started a yearly undertaking, in fact – and one that would help the district’s other non-profit charities.
So, from there, the VNSA’s Used Book Sale became a regular fixture in the area during the month of February. It continued, moreover, even after the Visiting Nurse Service amalgamated with an Arizona hospital firm. And following the establishment of that partnership, the organization changed its moniker to the Volunteer Nonprofit Service Association.