The kids made the difference at Saturday’s first ever Maple Ridge community yard sale put on by the Downtown Maple Ridge Business Improvement Association.
Nine-year-old Gina Ceraldi raised money for BC Children’s Hospital by selling her old toys, while Noah Horn was the star salesman at his family’s booth.
Gina’s mom Monica Ceraldi told The TIMES that Gina had seen ads for the BC Children’s Hospital when she was about seven. After asking her mom about the kids who were there, Gina decided to save money for them.
“Her goal was $300,” Ceraldi said of her daughter’s focus. “She had $100 saved from allowance and made $186 at the sale. Her Opa topped it up to meet her goal.”
For three years, Gina had been saving her older toys to sell. When the opportunity to join the yard sale came up, Ceraldi knew it was the perfect venue for her daughter.
“Some nice people just gave money without buying anything,” Ceraldi said.
A few tables down, Noah Horn stole the show at the booth that his mom, Kim Horn, and sister Zoey shared with a friend.
“Noah did all the selling in the morning,” Horn said. “He demo’d all the toys to show how they work.”
Overall the first annual sale was a success and summer events coordinator with the DMRBIA, Liam Gray, says the plan is to have another one next year.
“We think it went very, very well,” Gray noted. “We surveyed the vendors and everyone said they had a great time.”
There was a total of 30 vendors on site at the sale on 224th Street in front of Peace Memorial Park, 12 were businesses and 18 were private residents.
“It was fantastic,” said Ceraldi. “The whole thing for the community was such a success.”
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