Girl seeks funds for children by hosting garage sale

By on September 27, 2012

Eleven-year-old Grace Bergmann is turning a school project into a fundraising event for children in need around the world.

This Saturday she is hosting a garage sale with the help of her family, and all proceeds from the sale will go towards filling shoe boxes for the Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child campaign.

Grace, a Grade 6 student schooled at home, needed to choose a project that would benefit a charity of her choice, explained her mother Candace Bergmann.

“We do shoe boxes every year and she liked the idea of shopping for the boxes and being able to make them for children her own age.”

Grace said planning the garage sale has been a lot of work.

First, she designed a card, which she handed out to close family and friends, requesting donations of items to sell. Her family also asked their local congregation at the Evangelical Free Church for donations.

“People from our church have been donating and we’re very grateful,” said Grace. “We’re going to have quite a few tables.”

This week she has been sorting out the items and putting up posters to advertise the sale.

Her seven-year-old brother, Gideon, and 13-year-old sister, Rebekah, are helping the effort by running a lemonade stand and a bake sale at the same time.

Grace said the effort to plan and host the sale is worth it when she thinks of where the money is going.

“We’ve done a shoe box every year and I thought of doing more, since it’s a good thing to put money towards,” she said. “People in other countries don’t have as much as us – they don’t get Christmas presents – and I don’t need the money.”

Each shoe box is typically packed with hygiene items, school supplies and personal notes, and then distributed to children in need around the world. This year, the Samaritan’s Purse expects to collect its 100 millionth shoe box gift.

Grace’s garage sale will take place this Saturday from 8 – 11 a.m. at 2302 Irvine Ave.

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