I guess I am obliged to be first up since I issued the challenge. We just completed our 3rd garage sale in 4 weeks. The first two went really well so we were inspired to continue and source more goods. The final week I emailed around the office at work, asked for donations to a fund raising sale for Sudanese refugees and was surprised with the results. On my desk the next morning was an anonymous envelope simply addressed to the refugees and a donation of $50 inside. there were several people with items to donate with others saying they would have been more prepared but needed more than a weeks notice. I
My wife and I managed to raise just under $800 and it's being donated to the refugee community group we belong to that sponsor the relocation of refugee families to our town from their camps Africa. When they arrive I will be able to take the Sudanese children to my workplace and have a morning tea for them so that my colleagues can have a face to face with those they contributed to. Its one of those rarae opportunities that people get to see the results of their giving.
The appeal for garage/yard sales is by no means over. It is suggested that they occur this month but it really doesn't matter when. There simply needed to be an impetus for people to join in. So grab a gang of friends and family, have some fun, raise some money, make a day of it, and let us know how it went so we can feel part of what you did too!
We will give it a rest for a while and do another later ...this time for the victims of starvation and malnutrition.