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September 28, 2011

with the help of some good friends, we have gotten rid of all of the stuff we had for the the yard sale.  Everything was given to the local free store in Osgood, IN.  We were told that what they do not use, they send to the Heart House in Aurora, IN

Some of the items that neither want are sent to Muncie, IN where they are sorted.  I am not sure what they do with the items after that.

Nothing given to us for the sale was wasted, thank you to everyone that had donated to us, we will really miss the yard sales, we met so many wonderful people and i believe, we not only helped the children in Haiti, we also helped a lot of local people by providing good merchandise at very reasonable prices.



July 7, 2011

Haiti Yard Sale update

We are not going to have the yard sale anymore.  We are busy in the shop, and there is not enough interest in the sale from other people as far as help, to keep the sale going.  I am not sure what we are going to do with all of the "stuff" we have accumulated for the sale.  I believe the Christmas Bags for Haiti project is a good one, and I am going to try to find a way to continue to support it.  I am going to go through some of the items we have for the sale and try to sell some of them on ebay.




January 3, 2011

I have had a few people ask me about next year, whether we are having the yard sale again.  We are planning to have the sale.  I have not talked to Mr. Cook recently, I assume he is still planning on letting us use his pole barn.  The sale will be held during the spring shoot at Friendship.  I believe that shoot starts the first full weekend in June.

I have quite a few donations in storage already.  We are always looking for more.  What I need this year are donations of time.  Last year I worked at the sale 12 hours a day, every day.  It was hot and wet.  I am getting too old for that,  It really drained me.  If there is anyone in our local area that would like to donate items for the sale, or a few hours of time to help sort and set up the sale, or a few hours to help work at the sale.  I mentioned that the sale drained me last year - it did physically.  Mentally it re-juninated my soul.  It truly is a blessing to meet the people who come to the sale and a blessing to know how this sale can benefit so many more people.  It benefits the children who will receive the Christmas bags, it also benefits the people who shop at the sale.  Last year we sold all adults clothing for 50 cents per piece and children's clothing for 25 cents.  Everyghing else was a good will offering.  There were some really good bargains.  If you would be able to help, please call me at 812-689-5769.  We can talk more.  Thank you for taking the time to read our update.  If you cannot donate items or help, please pray for us.  Prayer is one of the most important things we need.




October 6, 2010

Sorry I have not updated the website lately on the Haiti project.  Our sale did not do very well this year.  The yardsale ran for 8 days, these were the hottest 8 days of the summer.  It was 90+ degrees everyday.  We got rained on 5 of the 8 days.  It was either too hot or too wet for most people to spend much time looking around.  We did not have much help this year.  Hopefully that will change next year.  A man from our church stopped by the sale a couple of times.  He, and his wife, volunteered to let us have our sale at his house next year.  He has a pole barn we can use, so we do not have to worry about the rain or the sun.  He also volunteered to let us have the yardsale during the Friendship spring muzzle loaders shoot in June.  That is a really big event in our area.  His property is in a really good location for having a yard sale during the shoot.  During our sale this year I was really tired, really hot, really sore, and really discouraged.  I prayed about what I was feeling.  I asked God to give me a sign of some kind if having this sale again was something that He wanted me to do.  The next day the gentleman from church showed up and volunteered his barn for our sale next year.  How is that for a fast answer to prayer???  My next prayer is for help in having the sale again.  I do not want this yearly event to die, but I am getting too old to do next year what I did this year.  If you live in our local area, please contact me if you can help in setting up the sale or working at the sale.  All help is greatly welcomed and appreciated.

We delivered the Christmas Bags to Stan Curtis this last Sunday.  We had 154 bags this year.  Down a lot from last year, but as someone pointed out to me, there will be 154 children in Haiti that will receive a gift that otherwise would not.  Stan told me the total of bags this year will be a little over 10,000 bags.

With God's help, we will have a lot of bags to send to Haiti next year.  Please pray for us.



July 7, 2010

This is an update on our yard sale this year.  Our sale will start on Monday, July 12 and run thur Saturday, July 17.  We have two stor-n-lock units full of items for the sale, as well as several truck loads stored in our building here.  Please pray for good weather and a lot of customers.  Pray for endurance for us to have the physical and mental strength for this sale.  If anyone would like to help with the sale, please contact us at 812-689-5769.  We would appreciate any help we can get.  Thank you for looking, and thank you for your prayers.


April 26, 2010

We are making plans for this year's sale.  We are planning on having two yard sales this summer.  The first is going to be the first full week in June. If you live local and would like to help, please contact me through this website. Please pray for good weather.


January 18, 2010

I wanted to update the website for contact information if you want to help Stan in Haiti.  Stan Curtis has been taking people and cargo into Haiti for several years.  He has a distribution system in place.  If you would like to help the people in Haiti, you can be assured that the money sent to Stan will go to the Haitian people.  Stan's email is:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  You can also contact Missy Goins at: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   She helps Stan with the Christmas bags and usually answers emails sooner than Stan.  You can also send money to Missionary Flights International in Florida. Their website is  . Money sent to MFI should be noted for "Stan's container fund".  Money from this fund can be used by Stan for purchasing items needed in Haiti and also for shipping cost for sending the containers.


December 11, 2009

I just received a news letter from Stan Curtis with an update on the Haiti Christmas bags.  Stan has sent over 10,000 bags to Haiti.  The container should be in Haiti now, and unloaded by Christmas.  Stan says that another container will be sent from Seedline shortly.  This one will be filled with more Christmas bags, food, furniture, thousands of Scriptures, a wringer/washer for an orphanage in Haiti, 25,000 lbs. of food, and 2,000 pairs of Crocks.


October 1, 2009

Thanks to everyone for your help and prayers.  We had so many people help with the sale (either buying from the sale, donating to the sale, or working at the sale), people who helped with extra money for shipping expenses, and the youth group from our church who helped package all of the bags.  Final total for 2009 is 450 bags.  I have not heard a total from Stan Curtis for the overall total.  I will update this site when I get the final tally.

We are looking forward to our yard sale next summer.  Our sale will be mid july, not sure of the exact dates yet.  We have many donations already in storage for next year.  I do know that the sale will be bigger and better than this year.  We have set our goal for next year at 600 bags.  Say an extra prayer for us.



Septemter 23, 2009

We have everything purchased for the bags.  The youth leader at our church has volunteered the youth group to help with the packaging.  We are still short some on the money needed for shipping.  If you are interested in helping with this cost, you can call or email us and we can tell you how.  All checks for shipping cost are made out to MFI (Missions Flight International).  They are the ones who arrange the shipping.  They are a non-profit organization.  They will send you a tax receipt for your charitable donation.

I will update the website after we get everything finished.

Thank all of you who donated items, time, and money to help us with this project.


August 14, 2009

I have been busy getting things ready for Christmas bags.  We are going to send the 450 bags this year. I have been busy bagging candy.  I now have 450 bars of soap to bag.  We have to put the soap into small plastic bags to keep the candy and gum from tasting like soap.  I have been trying to find ways to get more for less this year.  I will update you more next week.  I should have everything purchased by then.  I do know that we will be short about $700 on our shipping needs.  Say an extra prayer for us that God will provide this.

July 24, 2009

Our yard sale went well this year.  We raised $2,173 dollars in 5 days. Our goal this year was to send 400 bags to the kids in Haiti.  We have had $230 donated by people at our church towards the shipping cost so far.  Last year our dentist donated all of the toothbrushes we needed, this year he donated 100 toothbrushes.  We will have to buy the rest of the toothbrushes we need, not sure what that will cost.  If we want to send 400 bags to Haiti, we are short about $400.  We are only about $800 short of being able to send 450 bags.  I think it would be awesome to be able to send 450 bags.

We purchases the notebooks, pens, pencils, and crayons needed at Walmart's back to school sale.  I have found jumbo coloring books at Family Dollar for $1 each.  I ordered 400 of them.  I have been looking at candy and gum at Sam's Club.  The toothpaste, soap, and toy items to put in the bags will be ordered from Dollar Tree Direct online.  They ship free to my local Dollar Tree store.  That way I only have to make one trip to one store instead of running everywhere to find what we need.

A local school is having a yardsale this Saturday.  I have been contacted by a lady associated with the sale to see if I am interested in "left overs".  We are starting to receive donations for next year's sale.

Thanks again to all of the people who donated items, donated time to work at the sale, and those who shopped at our sale.  We look forward to doing this again next year.

I will be back to update this as we progress this year.  Check back again to see the final total of bags we send.



July 16, 2009

We had to change the dates of our sale this year because of schedule conflicts.  Our sale is running now, July 13 thru July 18.  Having this sale involves a great deal of work.  I would like to thank the people from our church that have volunteered to work.  I would also like to thank people who just showed up to buy from the sale and volunteered to help.  Some put clothes out for us, one man spent an hour and a half of his time helping us carry items out of storage for the sale.  People would show up one day to shop at our sale, then come back on another day to donate items to the sale.  I want to thank all of those people, you are a true blessing.  I want to thank the ladies of another local church that donated items from their sale. We had a rain day yesterday, so no sale.  In the three days of sales this week we have received $1,542.  We price our items so that everyone that purchases something at the sale receives a bargain.  We have two days of sales left.  Please say a prayer for us for good weather and a lot of people.  Our goal this year is to send 400 bags to the children in Haiti.  Our sign advertises that 100% of the receipts from the sale go to the Christmas Bags for Haiti project.  That is true.  All of the storage cost and advertising cost are paid by my husband and myself.  This is part of our donation to the sale.  Of the $1,542 raised so far, $1,542 of that money will be spent on items to be sent to the kids in Haiti.

This sale has rejuvinated my soul.  This world has a lot of problems, but there are a lot of good people out there.  I want to thank everyone who worked at the sale, donated to the sale, and purchased items from the sale.  To buy the items to fill a Christmas bag and pay for shipping, the cost is about $10.00.  If you purchased items from the sale, please remember that for every $10 you spent, a child in Haiti will receive a Christmas gift from you.  We may not be able to change the world as individuals, but we can each bring a little light into a child's life.

I will update this site at the end of the sale to give you all a total.  I will update the site also as we purchase items for the bags and get them ready for shipping to Stan.  We will be taking the bags to Stan in late September.  If anyone wants to make a donation to the Christmas Bags for Haiti project you can donate to us locally, or you can find Stan Curtis's information at his website: Stan has been working on this project for six years and in that 6 years has sent 36,000 bags to Children in Haiti.  He is always in need of more bags and funding for shipping the items to Haiti.  The shipping cost for the bags also pays to send food to the people in Haiti also.  If you do not know much about how poor the people there really are, do a google search on Haiti and you will be amazed at how these people live.

Please stop back for updates when you have time.  We still have a lot to do this year, and we are already looking forward to next year.



May 8, 2009

We are planning to have one yard sale for Haiti this year. It will be held the last week of July. If anyone would like to make donations of items, time, or money, please contact us.


February 4, 2009

I wanted to add a note here regarding Haiti. This is not about our yardsale project.

Our church supports three missionaries in Haiti. In a recent letter from one of them, he stated that due to the many storms that hit Haiti last fall, most people there have lost most, if not all, of their worldly possessions. The missionaries are trying to help the people by replacing the lost items as well as with food. If you would like to help, you can contact Rodney at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

We take so many things for granted in our lives. We take it for granted that we have a comfortable place to live, food to eat, lights to see by, tv to watch, etc........ We have an old shed in our yard where we store our lawn mower. I look at that shed and see and old shed; people in Haiti would look at that shed and see a palace. I look at pictures of life in their country and it is hard to imagine how they live. Life there is very difficult.

God has blessed me so much. First by His grace and my salvation and by my being born in this country. A lot of people here take that for granted.




December 22, 2008

I took some of the Christmas village pieces left over from our sale this year to our church. We asked for donations for them. We collected $82.54 cents for them. We will keep this money and apply it towards our bags for 2009.

For those of you who have not been updated on Stan Curtis's project this year. He sent over 11,000 Christmas bags to Haiti for 2008. Along with many thousands of pounds of food and clothing. Thank all of you who helped to support this project. It is amazing how such a little from so many people can add up to so much for these people.

If you have any ideas (that do not involve gambling) for fund raisers for us, please let us know.

You can email me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it




Nov 16, 2008

I have been talking to several ladies at church, bouncing ideas off of them for our yard sale next summer.

The plan is to have one sale the last week of July, and to have have the sale open all week.

We will gladly accept any items that anyone might want to donate for the sale, as well as cash donations.

In 2008 we sent 340 bags, no one knows what the economy will do, but I have a goal in mind of 500 of the Christmas Bags for Haiti next year.

With the Lord's help and yours, this is possible.

Thank you for looking, thanks to all you have helped this year by donating, working, and buying from us.



Oct 13, 2008

We got a small group together at our church on Saturday to bag up everything. We bagged and boxed the 340 bags.

On Sunday evening we took the boxes to Stan's home. We talked with Stan and also a representative of Mission Flights International.

We learned that the $3 shipping cost that has to be sent with each bag covers much more than the cost of shipping the Christmas bags.

In the sealand container, along with the Christmas bags, Stan is shipping much needed food to the starving people in Haiti. The recent

hurricanes have dealt a bad blow to the small country, many people are without food.

If you were a part of our yard sales this summer, you can feel good knowing that not only did you help provide a present for a child in Haiti at Christmas, you are also helping to provide food for that child's family.

We are looking forward to working on this project for next year.

If you are interested in helping Stan with his "year round" mission of getting food and clothing to the people of Haiti, you can contact him

through his website,

Sept 18, 2008

We had our yard sale on Sept 4 and Sept 6. We got rained out on Sept 5.

We raised $539.00 at the sale. Our needs for shipping the 340 bags to Haiti is $1,020.00

Thanks to dondations from caring people at our Church, we will have enough to cover the shipping cost.

I have been buying the toys to put into the bags. There are 4 age groups that we send bags to. Boys age 5-14 and 15-21, and

girls 5-14 and 15-21. I try to divide the bags we are sending equally among the 4 groups.

I still have to go online to Dollar Tree Direct to purchase the coloring books, toothpaste, and soap.

While these yard sales have been a large amount of work, they have truly been a blessing to me. I thank God everyday for



August 9, 2008

We have set the date for our next yard sale as Sept. 4,5, and 6. We have had a few donations come in. If you have any items to donate, or if you would like to donate money, please call us (689-5769).

We found lifesaver candy on for 50 cents a roll. We have 300 rolls for the bags.

We have enough money left from the June yard sale to buy the needed items to send 300 bags to Haiti this Christmas.

Please pray for good weather and a lot of people for our upcoming yard sale. We need to raise approximately $1,000 to cover shipping cost.


July 24, 2008

Update on the Christmas bag project. I have been doing some shopping at Wal-Mart's back to school sale.

I have purchased 600 pens, 600 pencils, 300 notebooks, 300 boxes of crayons, and 44 toys. All of these items

combined cost $198.64. We still have over $1,000.00 for other items needed.


Our family dentist, Dr. Chris Brown, donated 300 toothbrushes.


We are planning to have another yard sale in early September. Please pray for good weather and a lot of people.

The shipping cost for the 300 bags will be $900.00. Please pray that we can raise that at our next sale.


Thanks again, and God bless.


June 14, 2008

Thank you to everyone who stopped by our massive yard sale in support of the Christmas bags for Haiti project!

This project is near and dear to our hearts here at T&M. Our goal this year is to send 300 bags to the children in Haiti.


Each year, churches and individuals around America donate money and product to provide a Christmas bag full of needed items for children in the country of Haiti. (Read about Stan Curtis and his ministry here).


We raised over $1200 at our June yard sale !!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you everyone !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1