The Duncan Banner

July 8, 2011

Youth collects funds for Ethiopian children

Andy Morphew
The Duncan Banner

DUNCAN — McKennah Trusley is only 12 years old, but even at that tender age, she has found a unique way to contribute to others.

In an effort to collect funds for Grace Center Foundation in Ethiopia, Trusley came up with the idea of holding a garage sale from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, at Immanuel Baptist Church.

All funds from the garage sale will benefit Grace Center Foundation, and needless to say, among those impressed by McKennah’s gesture is her mother, Stacy Trusley.

“She wanted to do something and there is not a lot that she could do, and we don’t have a lot of money,” Stacy Trusley said. “So, she thought of doing a garage sale to benefit this foundation.

“McKennah has always had a heart for children and was moved by a speaker that came to our church, and she wanted a way to contribute to this great organization.”

Grace Center Foundation is an organization that focuses its efforts on poverty stricken areas of  Ethiopia. It’s a program that became special to McKennah, who wants to be more involved in activities that help less-fortunate children.

“I got involved in this program because we had Marcy (from the Foundation) who came and spoke. I felt that this is something I really needed to do,” McKennah said. “It has really touched my heart. We got to see the video about the children there, and it made me really sad to see their living conditions and what they are living with.”

The group at Immanuel Baptist assisting McKennah with the project is called Abba’s Hands, It’s a mission project organization involving adoption and orphan care ministry. Thanks to church members, all of the items for the garage sale have been donated, which is one reason McKennah is happy with the way the project is turning out.

“There will be a lot of the people from the church that will be helping us this weekend and make sure everything is going smoothly,” McKennah said. “I just think it is great that my church family is backing me up, otherwise I would be out alone. I think it is great they are very supportive.”

Stacy Trusley agrees that the church staff has been a great help in organizing the project. “Our church staff has been a huge help in helping with publication of materials and support with space, and our church family is supported her in any way possible,” Trusley said.

Items that will be sold at the garage sale include furniture, clothing, shoes, toys, games, books, and homemade baked goods.

“It is all about children helping children and this is really big for the foundation,” Trusley said.

For more information about the Grace Center Foundation, visit the Weab site at

Even though Stacy Trusley would like to have many people shop at the garage sale, she said items aren’t the only way people can contribute.

“This foundation is a great cause, and even if you can’t come out and shop at the garage sale, we can take donations at the church to help out this great cause,” she said.