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Resale Items Fund Amenities for Girls Education

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by Laura Gudmundson-Tillson, Gud Foundation Executive Director

in the beginning, garage sale finds translated to a patched roof and dry clothes for schoolgirls

Before we had the capability to accept donations from this blog and Facebook page, much of the funds raised to help educate girls through the Gud Foundation came from a little booth in a San Diego gift shop. I started by purchasing items at garage sales to resell. In the first year we earned enough money to purchase a clothes dryer for the Casa de Jesus girls residence in Morelia, Mexico.

casa de jesus dryer

The second year we used some of the money from the sales to purchase tables and chairs for the home. We were also able to buy underwear and socks for the little girls to wear with their school uniforms. Even our family dentist donated a box of toothpaste samples!  Then our earnings at the resale booth helped with waterproofing the worn-out rooftop at Casa de Jesus  last summer.  It was just in time too! Part of the roof at Casa de Jesus was falling in and there was a huge leak that looked like a waterfall.  The locals who came into our storefront in California purchased home decor and gift items and helped pay for some of the construction materials to fix that leak.

There are are no federal funds to help maintain the girls residence

The nuns at Casa de Jesus in Morelia and other “casas” throughout Mexico receive a stipend from the church. With only 800 Mexican pesos per month (less than $65 US Dollars), the nuns must find a way to keep the house functioning. They meet the needs of the girls through their own efforts, donations and parent contributions.  casa de jesus courtyard

This system has worked for nearly 100 years! The nuns have a vow of poverty and a mission to keep the girls safe, well cared-for and educated. More than the basics, these nuns provide to them dignity, self respect and knowledge that they are special.

casa de jesus Nuns

If you are in the Escondido, CA area, visit Laurel Glen and help us build a library

The money to remodel a room at Casa de Jesus into a library and study hall for girls will be funded directly from online donations and sales of the booth. Look for items sold by “Vendor #22.” Proceeds from your purchases go directly to the Gud Foundation’s mission to educate girls. This week our booth has been busy adding many new items.  I have bought new jewelry from Bali for the Gud Foundation’s booth as well as a new line of vintage cups and napkins. All are great options for Mothers Day gifts.

There is a “Cruising Grand event every Friday until October. Grand Avenue where our storefront is located will be closed to traffic except vintage cars.. During this event the Avenue is filled with people and so is the store!  Some of us vendors are there to meet and greet, and I share as much as I can about The Gud Foundation and its work to support and educate girls. It is very busy!  Last week during the event I sold several small items that will be added to the Casa de Jesus Library Fund.

Nowhere near our gift store? Donate online and help The Gud Foundation support institutions that educate girls.

You can make a monthly or one-time donation of any amount. Donations can also be designated specifically for the new library for the little girls in Morelia, Mexico. Keep up with our latest activities, make donations, and interact with us on our Gud Foundation Facebook page. In the future, my hope is to bring the items our store booth for sale online. Until then, you’ll just have to stop by and see us in person :)


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