Tuesday, May 22, 2012

$1 Bag Sale {Why I Need Your Kids' Old Shoes}

{Spring Cleaning & Spring Giving: Update #1}
About a month ago, I posted about Spring Cleaning. Read here

My hope was that we'd encourage each other in cleaning one area/room of our house and collecting what we could to give away! Originally, my plan was to do a garage sale with some neighbors, but the LORD has put something even better on my heart!

This week, one of the students I was working with in 4th grade was wearing soccer cleats. I asked "Charlie, why are you wearing soccer cleats to school?" and as the words were coming out of my mouth, I realized why. His head dropped down and he said "Oh because I don't really have anything else". Teacher fail. Of course that's why. Why did I even ask? Why did I embarass him? I tried to save myself and respond with "Those are so cool! You must be a really fast runner!". Too late, damage was done.

Which leads me back to spring cleaning, spring giving, and why I need your kids' old shoes. Majority of the kids I work with in South East Fresno live in poverty. Most speak Spanish or Hmong at home and are learning English as a second language. And as you know, when you live in poverty, when you are undeducated, illiterate, and speak limited English, it's hard to get a good paying job in this world. So it's hard to provide adequate clothing, hygeine, and food for your family.

Which is why I need your help.

As a life group, we're going to be collecting things from our home, donations from others, groceries, household products, etc and we're going to have a giant yard sale at my school, Aynesworth, on Saturday June 16th! Our hope is to get lots of Aynesworth families to come and shop and be able to buy new/used items at a discounted price.

Our plan instead of "giving" everything away is to provide the families with dignity and allow them to purchase what they'd like. So we're calling it the $1 Bag Sale. You buy a bag for $1 and whatever you can fit in the bag, you take home!

Here are some items we'll need for the sale:
-Bags (paper/plastic)
-Kids clothing/shoes
-Adult clothing/shoes
-Groceries (perishable & non-perishable)
-Hygeine products (shampoo, soap, toothpaste, etc)
-Cleaning products (laundry detergent, dish soap, etc)
-Bibles (in Spanish/English)

I'm praying that it's a success. If you have anything you'd like to give (from your closet, your pantry, whatever) please let me know! We'll make sure to put them out at our $1 sale to bless others.

So there ya' go! Spring cleaning . . . spring giving . . . spring serving . . . spring blessing . . . all wrapped up in one. Please contact me if you'd like to help.

"Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me." (Matthew 25:37-41)


  1. I will gather some things for you! This is a great idea lady.

  2. I love this idea. We'll have to see what we can find around here.

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