Des Moines Volunteer has Worked Every Planned Parenthood Book Sale over 55 Years

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DES MOINES, Iowa – Sarah Hill remembers every book sale Planned Parenthood of the Heartland has put on in its 55 years, because she’s been a volunteer at every one. And how much the semi-annual fundraiser has grown surprises her.

“Because we were really pretty rinky-dink in the beginning,” she said. “It has really grown, I mean, just looking back here makes me realize how it’s grown.”

The group’s 55th annual fall book sale is expected to draw in more than 7,000 people from across the state to browse collectibles, books and artwork. Over the years, the group has raised over $10 million from these sales, benefiting its education and outreach programs. Though some groups are calling to defund Planned Parenthood at a national level right now, Hill says it reminds her of the early days, when the reproductive health organization was under fire. She also says it reminds her why she supports the group.

“It’s terribly important for women – and men, too, because they’re getting help – but for women to be able to plan their lives, and not be stuck having a child every year or every two years,” she said. “But being able to have a job, to be leaders. I just think it’s a service – a wonderful service – for women.”