Friday, February 17, 2012

Let's Have a Garage Sale!

It’s almost time for Spring cleaning! And wouldn’t it be great if you could take all those garbage bags and boxes full of excess (that you finally realize you never did and still don’t need) and do something really great with it!? How about a good ol’ fashioned garage sale…for orphans?

We loved the idea when Jen Hatmaker suggested it in her recent blog post. So here’s the deal:

  • We’re asking you to clean house. Start piling up all your previously loved items that you and your family have outgrown. Better yet, ask your friends for their stuff, too. (Remember, we're helping orphans. Don't by shy.)

  • Next month, we want you to join us for a big Garage Sale for Orphans. We’ll tell you more about it soon…but it’ll be fabulous.

  • All the money we raise will go to a really great organization called H.E.L.P. (Help Eliminate Local Poverty). Their mission is “To be a global tribe dedicated to ending extreme poverty by helping to rescue orphans, restore their hope and renew their communities.”

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Our goal is to help Jen Hatmaker raise $6,000 to build a safe home in Haiti. This home will be built for orphans who are close to aging out of the system. Often, these orphans are exploited and targeted for sex and labor trafficking in the Dominican Republic. H.E.L.P. builds houses close to the Dominican border to help give these orphans a better future.

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As H.E.L.P. explains, “Each home will have an overseer, or house mom/dad, potentially a widow. We hope to create a family style orphan care. Our local leader in Haiti will oversee the entire project. The kids will be sponsored, so they will get food, water, clothing, and will also be able to attend school. Once we rescue a child, we will raise that child until they graduate college or trade school, so they can then take care of their own families."

Pretty great stuff. Even better, you can be confident that your financial support is actually going to help the kids. H.E.L.P. uses 85 percent of its donations for the actual work of providing these homes. (Just 15 percent is used to spread the word.)

So will you help us help H.E.L.P.? (Best sentence I've ever written.) Join us for a big Garage Sale for Orphans by clearing out the clutter in your house. With it, we can do some amazing things for kids in Haiti.

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  1. ha! help us help HELP! awesome. i can't wait to do this!!!

  2. thislittlelightofmineshinesFebruary 17, 2012 at 7:26 AM

    I'm in! We sent over 100 bags of clothing too Ordinary Hero back in November, and we are already in the position to donate more.

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