Raising money for Red Cross to help Fort McMurray, one bargain at a time

CORNWALL, Ont. – The St. Denis siblings decided to run their first yard sale a little differently  instead of keeping their profit, they chose to donate it.

On Saturday (May 28), Erica, 11, and Jacob, 8, raised just over $1,090 ($373.50 in cash donations) for the Canadian Red Cross to help Alberta wildfire evacuees.

“It was an awesome day,” Jacob said. “Thank you to everyone who supported us.”

Erica added: “So many people watched their home burn in Fort McMurray. I hope the money we raised helps those families move on.”

The siblings’ parents, Jason and Adele, said bargain hunters lined up as early as 6:40 a.m. at their home, despite the event only starting at 8 a.m.

“A lot of people also showed up just to drop off money for the cause,” Adele said. “The kids were overwhelmed by the success of the event and how many people were touched by what they were doing. They both worked really hard and it definitely paid off.”

The St. Denis’ donation will also be matched by the Government of Canada. Any unsold yard sale items were donated to the Agape Centre.

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