Guest Post by Laurel Kirkham
This Friday and Saturday, June 18th and 19th, marks the 12th anniversary of the Ogden Valley Charity garage sale.
This event began 11 years ago as a way to remember 8 year old Elizabeth Hillstrom, who passed away from cancer that year. A neighbor girl friend wanted to do something in Elizabeth's memory, so she had a "just for kids" garage sale that earned a couple hundred dollars that first year. Elizabeth Hillstrom had been the recipient of the Make-A-Wish foundation, which had granted her wish for a horse. She was given a horse named Carrots, a corral, saddle, and a years worth of feed. Sadly, Elizabeth died shortly after and the garage sale money was donated to Make-A-Wish in Elizabeth's name.
It has grown to also include the bereavement centers at two area hospitals, which offer support to grieving families who have recently lost a newborn. ( in memory local newborns that have died). The garage sale has become a very big event, with over 150 families donating and volunteering. Last year over $7000.00 was donated to Make-A-Wish to grant a wish for a terminally ill child and for the bereavement centers.
Again, this year, we are asking generous valley residents to support this wonderful cause by donating good, usable items, and by coming to buy some of the fabulous things donated. It is a great cause, and a fun way go get rid of that "stuff" you never use, and help grant the wish of an ill child.
Please drop donations off at the Hillstrom home, 9520 E. 400 S., Huntsville ( north of the monastery).
Items can be picked up at your home by calling:
- Dave Richardson 801-458-2737
- Leslie Stitt 801-745-4012
- Colleen Burton 801-644-1002