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From used tires to a backyard ice rink, one local family has been selling one tag sale item at a time since 2000 to change children’s lives around the world.
The Daum family of Larchmont, is set to put on its annual community tag sale for Save the Children on Saturday, May 11, and, over the years, has raised more than $125,000 for the global relief and development organization.
“We are incredibly grateful to the Daum family’s commitment over the years to making the world a better place for children,” said Carolyn Miles, president and CEO of Save the Children. “They have come up with the perfect combination. Tag sale lovers can get a good find and do good at the same time.”
According to Michelle Daum, it all began 15 years ago when her daughter Carly, then 13 years old, generously donated to Save the Children all the gifts she received for her bat mitzvah (about $15,000), and then the family took a trip to see Carly’s donation at work. So moved by what they experienced—watching little children from remote coal-mining communities deep in Appalachia benefitting from Save the Children’s education programs—the family decided to do more. And they did.
The following year, the Daums organized the first of many community tag sales in their hometown, raising $3,000, which they donated to Save the Children. Growing steadily over the years, the Daum family tag sale has become a huge annual event, and the family was able to donate $17,000 after last year’s sale to help change children’s lives.
“Without all the generously donated goods from neighbors and members of the community, we wouldn’t have a sale,” said Michelle. “It’s an amazing community effort. I feel moved by it.”
Over the past 15 years, the Daum family has had the opportunity to work with the staff at Save the Children, both at the Westport offices and in the field, as far away as Ethiopia and Vietnam.
“The programs we have seen in the field have been deeply inspiring. They reach the children in need with the provision of basic tools, such as a loan of $150 to a mother to begin a weaving business so that she can support her children,” said Michelle. “We have observed the work of community health workers who have been taught to assess the health of newborns and alert medical staff when a baby or child is in critical need of care. The Save the Children staff in the field and the families who are reached by Save the Children welcomed us into their communities and homes. Save the Children continually devises new, thoughtful, smart and simple solutions that greatly benefit the lives of children everywhere.”
Proceeds from this year’s tag sale—which runs from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on May 11 at 54 Beach Ave. in Larchmont—will be donated to Save the Children’s emergency relief programming in the U.S.
“Each year, Save the Children allows us the opportunity to choose which programs will receive the tag sale funds,” said Michelle. “In years past, we have designated both domestic and international programs, including Appalachia, Katrina recovery, micro-finance in Latin America, and most recently, Every Beat Matters, an international program to lower maternal and infant mortality. This year, due to the overwhelming events so close to home, and the immediate support from Save the Children in both Newtown, Connecticut, and during Hurricane Sandy, we have chosen to designate the tag sale funds for domestic emergency relief.”
Very appreciative of the fund designation for this year’s tag sale, Miles said the proceeds will go toward critical Save the Children programming.
“As we saw this past year with Superstorm Sandy and the tragedy in Newtown, children are especially vulnerable during times of crisis. The funds raised from this year’s tag sale will help us work with communities, schools and parents to respond quickly and immediately to children's specific needs during future emergencies,” she said.
For further information on the tag sale, email Michelle Daum at firstname.lastname@example.org or go to www.savethechildren.org/daum-tagsale, where visitors can help contribute donations to the Daum Family Tag Sale and Save the Children.