Scenes from the Madeleine Parish Garage Sale (left) and the Second Congregational Church Rummage Sale (Right)
The 11th Madeleine Parish Garage Sale was a huge success in raising support for The Haitian Project! The Garage Sale is definitely going out with a bang—not a whimper.
"Seeing the Garage Sale in person, I was so impressed (and I have poured walls of cement with students) with the magnitude of work, organization and zeal of our Portland community," wrote Deacon Patrick Moynihan this morning at 6:00 AM after getting off his red-eye flight back from Portland. "So impressed that I could not wait to share the amazing news. I’m looking forward to working with the veteran leadership in Portland—including Sally Kirchoff, Steve Holmes, Jack Talbott, Anne Feeney and Ron & Evelyn Couser to see what is next for our Portland Community."
While in Portland, Deacon Moynihan preached at The Madeleine Parish and attended the BBQ that followed. This provided an excellent opportunity for Deacon Moynihan to meet with the broader support community from Portland. The BBQ in particular allowed him to engage face to face to answer questions about the challenges Haiti is facing and the imperatives of our own mission.
“These events provided an essential opportunity,” said Deacon Moynihan, “an opportunity to inspire new people to join the mission and also the opportunity to rekindle the fires in the hearts of our long term supporters who have been with us for over twelve years.”
Never missing a chance to give back to the community and make the most of used goods, 2nd Congregational Church in Rockford, IL hosted their Annual Rummage Sale this weekend as well. With the leadership of Karen Hill, approximately 20 volunteers came together to collect, sort, price and sell donated treasures from the Rockford Community. This year the organizers of the garage sale are continuing to sell special finds on Craigslist to keep the support coming. Items that could not be sold have been given to Clean and Beautiful, Salvation Army and MELD (which provides programs and services for young parents and their children).
THP is continuously grateful for the resourceful and creative ways you, our community, find to support and strengthen our mission! Big and small, all of these events enable the students of LCS to rebuild Haiti.