This is the ninth year Ellen McConville has been to the garage sale. This year she brought Annie (left) and Adie.
This is the ninth year Ellen McConville has been to the garage sale. This year she brought Annie (left) and Adie.

Family gives Afghan orphans hope

THE distressed round eyes of a little orphaned girl pierced the heart of Sue Johnson nine years ago.

The image dramatically affected the Johnson family, which now raises thousands of dollars for Hope House and Peace House, homes for about 400 orphans in Afghanistan.

“I saw her when I turned the television off for dinner,” the mother-of-seven said. “I had made casserole and all I could smell was the food and I kept thinking of this little girl who had nothing.”

Her children complained of “carrot and casserole again” which prompted Mrs Johnson to think about excess and her famous garage sale was born.

“We all have too much so I told the kids about the little girl with nothing. We came up with the idea of a sale to sell things people don’t need anymore,” she said.

At last count yesterday, the Johnson had raised $2100, a little of short of their $5000 record two years earlier.

“People think at the end of a sale there won’t be anything left but we’ve been collecting all year so we have lots of fabulous new rugs and treasures left,” she said.

“I’ll open my garage on Thursday for people to have a look.”

Check at out the sale at 15 Freestone Road. Inquiries to 46601 5098.



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