The Uptown community is being asked to help improve living conditions in relocation camps in the Horn of Africa where millions of people are starving by donating used goods and shopping for quality items. A Community Rummage Sale will be held on Saturday, September 24 from 10 am to 2 pm at Aldrich Avenue Presbyterian Church, 3502 Aldrich Avenue South.
The sale will feature quality clothing, housewares, toys, books, sporting goods, baby items and much more plus collectibles, antiques and work by local artists. All money raised will be donated to the American Refugee Committee.
Drop-off events for donations will be held on Thursday, September 22 from 5 to 8 pm and on Friday, September 23 from 10 am to 2 pm. Heavy furniture and electronics with monitors cannot be accepted. Admission to the event is free. Early admission at 9 am is available for a $5 donation. A $1 Bag Sale will take place from 2:30 to 3:00 pm.
Last year we called on the Uptown community to help build shelters in Haiti. With your strong support we raised $1,200 – enough money to build a shelter that will house a family of six for up to five years.
This year we are asking for your help in improving living conditions in relocation camps in Somalia through our second annual community rummage sale. The crisis in the Horn of Africa is the world’s worst humanitarian emergency. Currently three million people have been displaced in Somalia and another 12 million people are at risk.
The American Refugee Committee, headquartered in Minneapolis, is focusing on improving living conditions in relocation camps in Somalia by providing safe water for drinking and cooking, building latrines to ensure hygienic living conditions and distributing non-food item kits for families. The non-profit organization ONE will be on hand to provide visitors with an opportunity to use their voice in support of increased funding to stop this crisis.
If we can raise $1,200 again this year, that money will purchase 20 kits. Each kit costs $60 and includes three tarpaulins, three woolen blankets, a synthetic plastic sleeping mat, two 10 litter jerry cans, one bar (750 gram) of laundry soap, six bars of hand soap, two aluminum cooking pots and five deep plates or bowls, cups, spoons and one kitchen knife (all stainless steel).
Please join us in helping.
Janelle Doyle is a Minneapolis-based educator, artist and activist.