Friday, April 30, 2010

30 by 30

No, it’s not a room measurement. It’s not a diet goal or a sports reference or a new film. It’s a list of 30 things our friend Jessica wants to accomplish by her 30th birthday. On her list was organizing an event to raise money for a nonprofit, and last Saturday, April 24, Jessica achieved that goal by hosting a garage sale to benefit the Grant Halliburton Foundation.

Jessica asked friends, family and neighbors to donate items for the sale, and the response was overwhelming. Jessica’s spare bedroom was quickly filled with bags of clothing, shoes, purses, toys, housewares, furniture, and much more. She recruited church friends to help organize the event.

Jessica and friends
Liz, Jessica, Amy, Kristi and Bethany

GHF Staff
Priya, Diana and Vanita
Shoppers turned out in spades to hunt for treasures among the tables spread across Jessica’s front yard. We were there to help with the sale and to provide information about the Foundation.

Thanks to the efforts of Jessica and her friends, the garage sale raised over $2,300! We are so grateful that Jessica chose the Grant Halliburton Foundation as the recipient of #19 on her 30 by 30 list. The dollars raised will be put to good use as we forge ahead to better serve the mental health needs of teens and young adults in our community.

Priya, Bethany, Jessica, Liz, Amy and Kelsey

Are there ways that you might help the Grant Halliburton Foundation? No matter how large or small, anything that raises awareness or funds for this important cause will have a vital and lasting impact. Let us know if you have ideas!

We won’t disclose how long Jessica has to complete her 30 by 30 list, but she is working her way through some challenging and fun new ventures. What’s next? You may find her learning another language, sleeping under the stars, or delivering flowers to a stranger in the near future!