Young County girl donates proceeds from yard sale to help Back the Build

BACKING THE BUILD Sadie Adams, 7, pictured in front of Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital on Friday. Adams presented her earnings from a yard sale to Back the Build for a new hospital. (Desirée Decoste/Gazette staff)




It’s not everyday that a seven-year-old cleans out their closet and decides to hold a yard sale, not to mention a fundraiser.

That’s exactly what Sadie Adams of Ameliasburgh did earlier this month. Adams gathered up her toys, books and shoes and set up shop at her grandmother’s house on Queen Street in Picton. Her goal: to sell her wares and raise money for the Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital Foundation’s (PECMHF) Back the Build campaign.

Motivated by a family members’ battle with cancer, Sadie felt compelled to help everyone who requires care at their ‘hometown hospital’.

“I said to mom, ‘I want to do a yard sale’,” stated Adams. “Mom asked what do I want to put the money towards and I said ‘My aunt’ but thats just once person so I put it to the hospital to touch as many people as possible.”

For many, garage sales are a way to sell items they no longer need. For Adams, this was a way she could give back in a meaningful way; to help build a new hospital in Prince Edward County.

Adams raised $90 at her yard sale and presented her earnings to Shannon Coull, executive director of the PECMH Foundation on Friday. Thanks to the Paul B. Helliwell Foundation, Adams’ donation will be matched 2 to 1.

“Sadie is an inspiration and a bright light for our staff, patients, their families and our entire community,” Coull expressed. “We are so grateful for all of her hard work and support that will help make our dream of building a new hospital a reality. Sadie (Adams) is a shining example of philanthropy in action.”

Sadie’s mother Jennifer Kainz said the family was thrilled with the support from everyone who visited the yard sale. “They were very generous,” said Kainz. “We want to extend a big thank you to them. I am also very proud that she used her time to do something so special for our new hospital.”

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