FAIR LAWN, NJ - Esther Gabay is one excited first grader. She's going to have a garage sale to benefit her school on Sunday, Oct. 20.
Esther, who attends elementary school in Fair Lawn, said she wanted to do a garage sale because "it's fun to greet people, say hi and to meet new people."
"We actually had a garage sale last year that didn't work out so well," Dana Gabay, Esther's mother, said. "But my daughter wanted to do it again. She found the whole thing fun."
Esther chose to give the money to her school's PTA.
"My hope is that the money will go toward something that the school might need and that can benefit the most amount of students," Dana said.
Esther said she wants the money to go to the school "because [I] want the school to be a more fun place and, maybe, more money for after school activities."
School is a great experience for Esther, her mom said. "She loves school, she loves going, she loves her teachers, she loves her friends, she loves the principal."
Official Notice: Friends and Neighbors! We are having a big garage sale this Sunday, October 20, from 9am-3pm at our home located at 29-02 High Street. Our daughter is organizing this garage sale and donating all the funds to her school. She is also collecting non-perishable food items, toilet paper and low denomination ShopRite gift cards for the Fair Lawn Food Pantry.
We have totally unused and excellent used-condition baby, child and household items for great prices!
Dana said this is their first official fundraiser as a family, but they "often donate to other charitable causes and volunteer a lot of time to [the] community.
"Our family has a long background of giving back to our communities," she said. "In Utica, New York, where my mother grew up, my family created and dedicated an entire room at the local children’s museum in my grandfather’s memory.
"As a kid growing up in New York City, with my school, I can remember participating in UNICEF penny collections on Halloween, taking part in Central Park clean up events and doing the AIDS walk and dance-a-thon," Dana said. "We want our children to also appreciate the value in giving time to their community."