YOUR VIEW | Yard sale for Haiti relief effort a huge success

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To the editor:

This past week, an ad was posted in the paper for a yard sale in which all proceeds would benefit the American Red Cross Haiti relief effort. To everyone who supported us, donated, shopped, baked and volunteered thank you! We are now able to send approximately $7,000 to Haitians, who desperately need the basics to survive in the earthquakes aftermath. 

We were also able to send 83 pairs of shoes to Haiti through a program called Soles4Souls. The remaining donations will be given to charities throughout Alexandria and those in need. 

Organizing this event was an incredibly empowering experience for us. Originally, we intended to have a small yard sale involving our immediate networks. However, the power of word-of-mouth quickly spread to all in Alexandria. Leading up to and throughout the event, we were constantly surprised by the generosity of family, friends, acquaintances, neighbors and even strangers. 

Throughout the weekend, we were reminded that every little bit makes a difference; Two-dollar book purchases can add up to something meaningful for others. 

If you were unable to participate in the yard sale, there are still many opportunities to give. The American Red Cross is gladly accepting donations. We encourage each of you to donate your resources and time. Thanks again! 

Colleen Clarkand Stephanie Drachsler, 
Alexandria

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