Posted by: ButterflyMoms | January 16, 2010

TO HAITI WITH LOVE Yard Sale Challenge…


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                 

Contact: Maria Salomão-Schmidt Founder





Holliston, MA (January 16, 2010) – In the wake of one of the deadliest earthquakes in history, is putting out a challenge to mothers around the world to bond our global community and help the families of Haiti. On January 30 and 31, 2010 simply hold a yard sale, or generously support someone who is having one, to raise money for the families of Haiti who are suffering deeply this very moment.

Like many of us Jill Roberson, a ButterflyMom, wanted to do something after the horrifying images coming from Haiti. “I could not just send money and turn the channel, said Ms. Roberson. “It was so massive, so heartbreaking. I felt powerless.” She started sharing her frustrations on Facebook and came up with the idea for a yard sale to raise money and awareness for Haiti. Very quickly people started coming out of the woodwork wanting to help. “It was almost like they were desperate to do something, anything, to help. That started us thinking,” said Maria Salomão-Schmidt, founder of “How can we spread this to others so that we all help each other heal from this tragedy?” They decided to turn it into a global challenge so that we could all stand together in an act that unites us and directly helps the people of Haiti.

THE CHALLENGE…An Invitation to Make a Difference!

You are cordially invited on Saturday and Sunday, January 30 and 31, 2010 to hold a yard sale to help raise money for the wonderful people of Haiti. Go through your “stuff” and the sell the items you no longer use. It’s a win-win because you get to clear your space to make room for abundance in your life and the money raised will help alleviate the kind of suffering most of us cannot even fathom. Do it the way you like-pick times, place, what you sell. Involve the kids, other moms, ask for spaces (most people will give them to you for free or a reduced cost). If you can’t do it “live” do it via the web. Sell your stuff on Craigslist or eBay. Be creative some people are even doing “hugging booths”. Call the local fire department, Girl Scouts, Boys & Girls’ Club, Rotary Club, PTA, Alumnae association, newspaper, news stations, neighbors, AMVETS, your church, your teachers, your kids, your boss, your employees, your co-workers, your mother….Get everyone involved. If you don’t have stuff to sell offer to pick up stuff or help set up or sell it. If you can’t, then just come and shop that day. Tell everyone. It will make people feel better because it is something we can all do to help, and we are doing it together. If we can spread the word fast enough (there is not much time) we can tap into the love that is in each and every one of our communities! When you raise the money send it into The Red Cross or any other reputable organization. The goal is to raise $1,000,013 so let us know how much you make! If you are having a yard sale post the details on the blog section of If you are on Facebook or Twitter go to the Butterflymoms group and post it there. You can also post it on What is going to be your first step? There is not a lot of time! is a group that helps focus our attention on the evolution and spirituality of motherhood. For more information go to

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  1. Beautiful Mariaaaaaa! Thank you for getting behind me sistah…The Daughters of Holliston unite! Very well written – yours is a beautiful soul.

  2. Just wanted to follow up and let everyone know that we all raised over $7,000!!!!!!!!!!!! This is with less than 2 weeks of prep and everyone coming together.

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