De Soto Youth Ministries to hold garage sale for Haiti
The De Soto Youth Ministries trip to earthquake ravaged Haiti was cancelled earlier this year.
The group planned a program oriented trip to the country last year. After the Jan. 12 earthquake the group switched their focus to a work related project, helping with cleanup.
However, recently American Airlines notified the group their flight had been canceled to make room for medical personnel and family members of Haitian residents, said Donna Wilting, a leader with DYM.
Wilting said the change in plans was understood by all the DYM members.
"We totally understand the changes," she said. "The group has already raised money for the trip so we felt like we wanted to do more for the people of Haiti."
And so the group teamed up with Mission of Hope-Haiti, an organization focused on rebuilding Haiti.
On Saturday, DYM will hold a garage sale at the Crossing Youth Center, 33180 W 83rd Street. All proceeds will go directly to Mission of Hope-Haiti.
The garage sale will take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a variety of gently used items available, Wilting said.
"We are accepting donations until 9 p.m. today (Thursday) and 5 p.m. tomorrow (Friday)," she said. "We're getting a nice variety of things in. Everything looks like it's in good condition."
The group is also holding three work-days over spring break to raise additional funds.
Wilting said while the pre-planned trip wasn't able to take place, the group is still excited to help Haiti in anyway.
"Bill (DYM leader) said that maybe they (Haitians) needed our funds more than our helping hands," she said.
The group hopes to plan a trip to Haiti next year.