Emily, a 12 year old PV from Fair Lawn, NJ, came to West Virginia for the first time this summer. When she returned home she, along with her two cousins, held a garage sale to benefit the PVs through our Live with Passion campaign. We asked Emily to share with us about her volunteer experience and the garage sale, which ended up raising $1,000 for the PVs.
Recently I spent a week of my summer in West Virginia helping out the less fortunate. I had never done this before so it was a whole new experience for me. I went to volunteer with my two cousins, Tricia who has been volunteering since 1999, and Caitlin who had started volunteering just this year. I didn’t know what to expect when I was there, but I ended up learning a lot and really enjoying my experience. I helped a family of very nice, and generous people. I sanded and painted their kitchen, hammered a threshold into the doorway, and screwed in a door to an electrical box. I also painted a church. Not only have I never volunteered before, but I had never been to West Virginia either. The lifestyle there takes some getting used to, but the people there are so thoughtful and nice. The family whose kitchen I was painting let Caitlin hold their little two month old twins, and gave us goody bags because their son was having a birthday soon, which was just too nice. I learned a lot about the people of West Virginia during my trip.
Considering that it was my first year volunteering, I was worried because the only people that I knew where Tricia and Caitlin. Everyone else that was volunteering with the PV’s were so nice. Right away they introduced themselves and tried to make Caitlin and I feel comfortable. Even though they probably wanted nothing to do with us, they would talk to us, play games with us and more. They made the experience even more fun for the both of us.
I now appreciate everything that I have, and I know that not everyone is going to have an amount of money they can live off of comfortably. Keeping that in mind, Tricia, Caitlin and I wanted to have a fundraiser for the PV’s so that they could continue the amazing things they do. We began brainstorming ideas, until finally Tricia thought of having a huge garage sale. A couple of years ago, my whole family actually had a big garage sale for a similar reason, of raising money, and it was a huge success, so we thought why not do it again! We quickly spread the word to everyone and settled on a date. We cleaned out closets, the basement, and my room, so we could gather things to sell. My grandma put it in the newspaper, and my aunt put it on Craigslist and Facebook. I made signs explaining where the money was going to and why we wanted to do this fundraiser. All my other cousins, Caitlin, and I had a lemonade stand full of cake, and cookies, and of course lemonade! We were outside in the hot sun for hours, all because we wanted to raise money for the PV’s.
The PV’s are a group of volunteers that volunteer their own time to help people in West Virginia. They aren’t getting paid, hence the word volunteer, and all the supplies and the food used is all paid for from money that was raised. That’s exactly why we felt that we needed to have this garage sale.
Thank you Emily, Tricia and Caitlin for all your hard