Del Rioan Frances Jarvis had heard many child rescue stories in the past but there was one in particular that moved her.
Years ago, a Haitian man’s son was abducted in the middle of the night. Ever since that time, he’s been working with child rescue organization Operation Underground Railroad to locate his son who they have yet to find.
In his testimony, the father said he had not slept in years because “it was his job to make sure his son was safe.”
“I look at my son and daughter and think about if they were orphans or being trafficked how I would not stop searching for them until they were found,” Jarvis said. “It’s just heartbreaking.”
The young mother said stories like that motivate her to get involved and do what she can to support child rescue organizations. On Friday morning at 8 a.m., Jarvis and her husband, Jeff, will have a charity yard sell at their home in Ceniza Hills. They will donate all of the proceeds to the Gem Foundation, an Ugandan organization that supports children with special needs and the International Justice Mission, an organization that works to combat sex trafficking, child sex assault, forced labor slavery and more.
This is the first time the Jarvises are hosting a charity yard sale. They’ve supported ones for the GEM foundation before and donated to child rescue organizations through their church. But the charity yard sale allows them to do more.
“It’s an easy way to make extra money to give straight to the organizations,” Frances said. “We can give monthly but why not multiply it through the offerings of other people?”
Last week, the Jarvises listed the yard sale on their page “Jeff N Frances Jarvis” under “Donations Welcomed” and asked that people donate items to the yard sale to be sold. Frances said the response has been overwhelmingly positive. Their house and garage are filled with items people have donated.
But the Jarvises don’t plan to stop there. Frances said she and her husband plan to do more yard sales in the future to continue raising awareness about different child rescue operations and inspire others to host their own charity yard sales.
“I’m hoping that other people will see these organizations and be curious enough to look into the eyes of some of these victims and be encouraged to support them,” Frances said.