It was still dark when we started setting up, carrying everything from the back yard and the garage into the front. We had received so many donations from our friends, much more than we had anticipated. What a blessing. My friends, Kathleen, Mindy, and Sylvia came bright and early to help out. Our neighbor, Alan, came over to drop off some seriously awesome donations, and then got roped into heavy lifting - thanks Alan!
This sweet little three month old baby, Alejandra, was crying while her mama tried to shop so I offered to hold her, and amazingly she settled right down in my arms. I kind of didn’t want to give her back!
Later in the morning our friend Kate showed up to shop with her mom and two of her kids, Josie and Silas. Kate and her husband have adopted domestically and internationally and have been a big inspiration to us over the years. Josie and Silas each came with their own money, ready to hunt for some treasures, but they also brought cards they had made for me, with a donation inside.
Dear Mrs. Kelly, Thank you for adopting Rose. Thanks for finding a happy home for her. Use this money to help bring her home. From, Josie
Oh my heart… yes, the tears came. And the laughter. Their own money, given to help bring our Rose home. These are some parents who are doing something right. Teaching their children about what really matters in life. That there is joy in giving, in helping others who are less fortunate. I wish all children were able to learn that kind of compassion that is moved to action. And Silas, you crack me up.
We had a great sale and in the end we made… $1,160! Just from stuff lying around our house and other people’s houses that we didn’t want anymore. Thank you to all who donated. We will be having one more sale soon with some of the left over stuff, and will work to reach our goal of $2,000.
Tomorrow is our big event… Casino Night! We are so excited for this fundraiser. So many people have donated such amazing prizes, I cannot even wrap my head around it. As I type this I can smell the food that Aaron is prepping. YUM. We hope to see you there!