Kamrie’s Garage Sale raised $2,176 for the Southern Christian Home orphanage
9yr old Kamrie Ewing decided in December that she wanted to sell some of her toys so she could raise some money for The Southern Christian Home orphanage in Morrilton. With her mom’s help, they announced it on facebook and started asking for people to donate items to the sale. They partnered with Nebo2 PreOwned Auto Center who offered to let her have the sale in their parking lot. She ended up with 8 truckloads of donated items. Volunteers helped sort, label and price the items for two whole days leading up to the sale. Through facebook they asked for volunteers to help work on the day of the sale and we were overwhelmed with how many people volunteered.
The temperature on the morning of the garage sale was 26 degrees! We had to be at Nebo2 at 7:30am to unload all the sale items from the storage building behind Nebo2 where we stored it all overnight. With the help of a couple of trucks and a flatbed trailer, we hauled it all out and started setting it all up.
Ten Dover 9th graders were there volunteering 6 hours of their Saturday morning to help make this a success and we absolutely could not have done it without them. In addition to the 9th graders, there were about 20 other volunteers who donated their time, energy and money. The community poured out their support in the weeks leading up to the sale by bringing their items and they poured out their support again Saturday morning when hundreds of people showed up and spent their money at the garage sale.
At the end of the sale, Kamrie had raised $2,176 for the 49 kids at the Southern Christian Home. Since July when Kamrie started making and selling hair ribbon for charity, she has raised a total of $6,976 for charity. To say that we have been amazed by the support that our community has given to her would be an understatement. Combining the garage sale proceeds and the money raised in December from her Operation Bookmark Happiness, kamrie has raised almost $5,000 for the orphanage in just a little over a month!
I would like to take just a minute and tell you a little about the Southern Christian Home. SCH is a safe home environment for at-risk youth ages 4 – 18. Houseparents have the amazing and humbling responsibility of showing Christ to the children that live with them while teaching them to be reponsible young adults. This is a home for children who are not necessarily orphaned but are placed there through foster care, DHS and private placements because their parents either can’t or won’t take care of them. Because the SCH wants to provide a Christian home for these children, it does not receive any state funding. It is funded entirely by private donations and has been taking care of children for over 80 years.
It is not an orphanage in the sense that there are bunk beds stacked to the ceiling with all the kids sharing one big room. SCH is divided into small family units where each child is placed with a set of houseparents who live there on campus with the children as a family. The children have real bedrooms. They have a real kitchen table. They have a real set of houseparents who love and care for their every need. Les Johnson, the director of development for SCh, told me that “everything is just super-sized. They might have two kitchen tables put together to make one big kitchen table, or they might have 3 couches in the living room instead of just one”. The main point that I am trying to convey is that, the SCH is a refuge for these children and it costs a lot of money to keep them thriving. I would like to encourage you to remember The Southern Christian Home in your prayers, your time, and your financial giving. You can visit their website and learn more about what they do, how they do it, and how you can help: www.schome.org Their mailing address is: Southern Christian Home, PO Box 649, Morrilton, AR 72110.
The Dover Supermarket has donated a dozen roses for Kamrie to raffle off for Valentine’s Day. Donations will be taken now through February 12th. For each $10 donation, your name will be entered in the drawing to win the dozen roses. You can donate online at www.kamriescolorfulcreations.wordpress.com/dozen-roses-raffle/ (online donations are safe and secure through the PayPal link provided) or mail your donation to
Kamrie Ewing, PO Box 616, Dover, AR 72837.
If you don’t live nearby or can’t pick up the roses, we will donate the roses to the Southern Christian Home in your name and Kamrie will deliver them when she takes them the money. Please don’t miss the point of the raffle. It’s not so we can win a dozen roses. It’s so we can all help the kids at the Southern Christian Home. Don’t forget to include your phone number with your donation so that you may be reached on February 13 when we draw the winning name.
We would like to thank you all for supporting Kamrie with her ribbons, keychains, bookmarks, garage sale and now the Dozen Roses Raffle. She could not have accomplished any of this without your support. Thank you so much!
How did Kamrie come up with the idea of a garage sale?
Kamrie was cleaning out her bedroom over Christmas break and asked if she could donate some of her toys to the orphanage, then she changed her mind… she asked if she could sell them and give the money to the orphanage instead. While we were at the orphanage, a high school senior shared with us her plans for after she graduates. She told us about an extended care program that the orphanage has for the kids that helps pay for their college. Kamrie has also heard that one of the buildings needs a little fixing up… so I think she has paid enough attention to people talking that she knows that they don’t just need toys, they need money to keep the place going. (Smart kid I got here!)
Kamrie Ewing, PO Box 616, Dover, AR 72837