By Tim Kalinowski on May 19, 2017.
Two friends at Ross Glen Elementary School have decided to sell their toys and donate the proceeds to Ronald McDonald House.
Grade 2 students Dominic Hennes and James Straub are hosting a garage sale at their school next Wednesday through Friday during their noon lunch hour. The sale is for the school’s students, parents and staff only.
“We are trying to sell as much stuff as we can at the garage sale,” confirms Straub. “We are selling toy cars, old toys, stuffies, books and some of the moms have made some baking. There are some people in the world who do not have toys, and I have lots of them; so I decided to sell some of them to help. Supporting Ronald McDonald House is important because there are lot of sick people there. They have cancer and stuff.”
There is also a highly personal angle to the story, as both Straub and Hennes wanted to do something to help one local family who used to come to the school for the Roots of Empathy program. Roots of Empathy brings in a baby from one family on a regular basis so students at Ross Glen can watch the baby grow, and learn the importance of empathy. One family who used to come for the program now has a sick child, and the parents have had to stay at Ronald McDonald House while he is undergoing treatment. The two boys thought up the garage sale idea to help all by themselves.
“We are just trying to raise money for the Ronald McDonald House,” says Ennes. “We both know someone who used to come in here every week who had to go there, because their newborn was having problems.”
“We just started talking about doing something, and we thought of a sale,” adds Straub. “We asked our teacher and principal, and they said they think it’s a good idea.”