Rummage sale to benefit Ugandan orphans
November 17, 2009
By Chantelle Lusebrink
Get ready to rummage for a good cause.
As part of their senior culminating project, Tiger Mountain Community High School students are sponsoring a rummage sale and silent auction Dec. 11-13 to benefit Ugandan children orphaned by the AIDS epidemic.
“We want the community to come out and support us, so we can help them,” senior Allie Wilke said.
“A rummage sale and silent auction is a neat thing to do during an afternoon, and you can get something you want at a great price while helping somebody,” said teacher Lane Helgeson, who is supervising the project.
During the sale, students are hoping to raise $1,200, so they can purchase livestock to support the children. The orphanage and its students use livestock, like cows, for milk, as part of the children’s practical education in farming, and then, later, as meat.All proceeds from the rummage sale and silent auction will go to World Outreach Ministries Foundation, in Federal Way, which purchases livestock and gives them to several orphanages in Uganda.
“It is a sustainable resource for them,” senior Conner Pierce said. “They use every single part of the cow and it will help them for a long time.”
Bradley Nyhof, the school’s counselor, and his wife traveled to Africa as part of a ministry program with the organization in 2007. During their trip, Nyhof said, they became a sponsor of a girl at the orphanage whose last living relative had died of AIDS while they were there.
“We are her sponsors until she’s 18, so that we see her through her education,” he said. Otherwise, “they would have tried to support her and find someone to help, but without us, it would be uncertain.”
When Nyhof got back to Tiger Mountain, he told students about his time there and how the AIDS epidemic had impacted millions of children’s lives.
“Through the pictures and experiences I had, the students took hold of their story, asked questions and felt compelled to see how they could help,” he said.
“I think Tiger students, because I think they feel they’ve been treated unjustly at times, strangely look out for injustice in the world and want to stand up and fight those, even if it isn’t in their world here,” Helgeson said about students at the district’s alternative high school. “When Bradley spoke to them about his experiences, they were outraged, then sympathetic and then motivated to do something about it.”
So far, students have collected furniture, kitchen equipment, a television, board games, artwork and gently used clothing.
While donations have been steadily coming in at school, they’d like to see more donated at a community donation drive.
If you don’t have items to donate, cash and checks will be accepted. Helgeson said he also hopes local businesses will step up to donate goods and services or experiences for the silent auction.
“I’d like the community to help support local students trying to do something to make the world a better place,” he said.
For instance, the storage unit at Issaquah Newport Way Storage was donated, he said.
“We were more than happy to jump on board and help,” said Manager Dan Sanders. “We really feel like part of this community as a new business and we wanted to give back by supporting the students’ project.”
“I think that it is fantastic that students wanted to be involved, without going to the country, but feel compelled in their hearts to help,” Nyhof said.
If you go
Noon – 3 p.m. Nov. 22
Issaquah Newport Way Storage
795 N.W. Juniper St.
Noon – 7 p.m. Dec. 11
10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Dec. 12
Noon – 5 p.m. Dec 13
Tiger Mountain Community High School, 355 S.E. Evans St.
World Outreach Ministries Foundation: www.womf.org
Gently used and new items accepted:
Children’s games and toys
Household equipment and décor
Tattered, heavily used items or electronics that don’t work