Local church fund-raising to save the children of Uganda

Purchasing a cookie or a few odds and ends might not seem like a significant donation, but to a child in Uganda, that simple purchase may save lives.

From 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, the Central Kitsap Church of Christ is hosting a rummage and bake sale to raise money to help build classrooms and orphanages to keep children in Uganda safe through the Invisible Children organization. The sale will take place in the church parking lot at 11898 Central Valley Road.

“Everything that we make, we’re not using for the church or personal proceeds,” said CK Church of Christ Youth Pastor Travis Hutchinson. “What we’re doing is taking 100 percent of that and putting it toward Invisible Children.”

While attending a Christian camp during the summer, church youth members and Klahowya Secondary School students Holly Crowe and Allyson Ormerod viewed a documentary called “Invisible Children: Rough Cut,” which was filmed by three students from California.

“We saw this Invisible Children documentary ... about child soldiers and we really wanted to try and do something,” Crowe said. “You always see these horrible things and forget about them, I didn’t want that to happen.”

Hutchinson said the children of Uganda are basically being kidnapped out of their beds and schools and turned into child soldiers. The money raised from the event will help provide funds to build classrooms and orphanages to keep the children safe while they sleep and study.

Coffee at the event is free, but Hutchinson said donations will gladly be accepted to go toward the same cause. The Invisible Children documentary also will be shown at 10 a.m. and at noon in the church auditorium.

“(Helping children) makes me feel great,” Ormerod said. “(The money) is actually going somewhere that’s going to help people.”

Accepting donations from the community through tomorrow, Hutchinson said they’re taking everything from clothes to furniture, electric appliances, sports gear and toys. Items they are unable to sell will either be given to the Invisible Children organization or a local charity.

“It’s a chance for people to use what they have and make a much more far-reaching impact,” Hutchinson added. “We’re basically creating safe places for these children.”

For information, contact the church office at (360) 692-4900.

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