Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Support Laurelhurst Business, GambiaHELP, By Donating Items And Attending Charity Event Saturday

Shelby Tarutis, a Laurelhurst resident, who founded an organization called GambiaHELP (Health Education Liaison Project)  in 1999, sent us email about an upcoming charity event as well as a request for items to send to Gambia shortly

GamibaHelp is run out of Shelby's home in Laurelhurt, which she founded a result of her Peace Corps experience in The Gambia (1980-81) where she was posted as a Health Educator/Nutritionist in a rural village.

The organization's mission is to alleviate poverty in the rural areas of The Gambia.  Their projects focus on sending girls to school, developing libraries, supporting women's small enterprise development and leadership training.

Every year Shelby's organization sends a shipping container to The Gambia containing shoes, clothing, computers (Pentium 4 and above), school supplies and educational resources, sports equipment and clothing.

Shelby is getting ready for a shipment in December with the deadline for donations is November 15th at Shelby's house located at 3920 NE 38th Street.  Contact Shelby at 206-660-5826 to drop off donations. 

She told us that  many of her Laurehurst neighbors have donated used clothing, school supplies, skill centers and libraries. Many neighbors also volunteer hours to our organization.   Shelby said they send a container every year to Gambia and drop-offs can be made at their Laurelhurst location at prior to transfer to Hansen Brothers Moving & Storage on Aurora.

GambiaHelp is an all volunteer, non-denominational, 501 (c) 3 and also accepts donations in which 95% of every donor dollar goes directly to fund projects. Funds go to support health and education projects in The Gambia, West Africa. Ninety-five percent (95%) of every donor dollar goes directly to fund projects.

Shelby's organization is hosting an African Dinner and Auction Fundraiser on Saturday at the Women's University Club (1105 6th Avenue) from 6:30-9:30pm.   Make your reservation here using Paypal or contact Shelby directly.

The invite says:
Come and enjoy a Gambian Dinner, Music & Dance by Maya Soleil.  Plan for an exciting evening starting with music, wine and appetizers. 

Enter your bid at the silent auction tables or during our live auction featuring wonderful items from the Pacific Northwest and Africa!

Tickets are $90.00/adult and $25.00/child or purchase a table for 8 for $600.00.


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