While at my daughter’s soccer practice a few weeks ago, a mom I know told me about a friend of hers who was raising money to rebuild the young children’s section of a local playground in memory of her nephew, Aidan Mallio. Aidan was a loving, happy and very active little boy who was lost in a drowning accident in July of 2012 while his father was in the hospital being treated for leukemia. My heart was breaking for this family.
My friend went on to explain that one of the big fundraisers was huge yard sale. Yard Sale, reuse, then use the money for something good! Right up my alley! I offered to help out. So, if I’ve seemed a little quiet lately, this is why.
This yard sale idea has been chosen by O, The Oprah Magazine for their De-Clutter for a Cause Contest. Yes Oprah! Some of you may recall that my light bulb moment for going green happened as I was watching The Oprah Show on Earth Day!
Along with O Magazine, Peter Walsh, professional organizer from TLC’s Clean Sweep, will be hosting the huge yard sale event. De-Clutter for a Cause: Aidan’s Playground with O, The Oprah Magazineand Peter Walsh is shaping up to be an awesome event – entertainment, raffles, an auction, food and of course loads of treasures for purchase.
They have been gathering donations for the yard sale for weeks. At the Town Wide yard sale a few weeks ago, we had a truck there to take away anything left at the end of the day that people didn’t want to bring home. You should have seen the looks on some people’s faces – like they had won the lottery. “Once it’s out of my house, I don’t want it back!” said one woman. I hear ya!
May 18 9am – 2pm at Little Storage Solutions 509 Great Rd Littleton, MA.
There is a whole group of people doing what they can and love to raise money on their own. In the spirit of bringing the community together, the Together We Build project has been launched. From bake sales to business donations, the site asks people to “do the thing you love best to make a difference….. It couldn’t be easier. Do something you already love and be part of this community project. Whether you make $5, $25, or $50, it’s all important. We can do this together!”
Also just added:
This intimate meet and greet event will take place on May 31 7:30 – 9:30 at Mangia Mangia Italian Grille in Westford, MA. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased online.
To date, over $16,000 has been raised toward the $50,000 goal. We are still accepting raffle and auction prizes. If you would like to donate on behalf of yourself or your business, contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information on all of these events, check out the main website at Castle In The Trees and our Facebook page.