Haiti rebuilding effort rewarded

Craig Gooding and his faithful dog Tyson taking a break at the garage sale. Also in the picture is Harry Redden, a volunteer helper. - Auren Ruvinsky Photo
Craig Gooding and his faithful dog Tyson taking a break at the garage sale. Also in the picture is Harry Redden, a volunteer helper.
— image credit: Auren Ruvinsky Photo

Tina Gooding reports her garage sale in support of her son Craig’s trip to Haiti was a huge success, helping to bring his total to over $5,300.

“I was amazed at the response from the community and how generous people have been considering how tough times have been for a lot of people in our community,” Craig said of the efforts and donations toward his trip to help expand a school.

“They still reach out to people who are more in need than they are. I have never been so proud of my mum and all her amazing friends for all their hard work.”

“I want to thank all the people of Oceanside who donated merchandise and attended the garage sale” said Tina. “I also want to thank all the volunteers who helped make the garage sale such a great success.”

She said she was aiming for $1,000 and raised $3,438 and also thanked the media for the coverage.

“The success of the garage sale was not just monetary — the strangers we met, the stories we heard and the fun we had was an added blessing to everyone.”

Craig returns to Haiti today (Feb. 10) for two weeks — to expand a school he helped build after the 2010 quake — with the charitable Faith and Love In Action (

The volunteers pay their own way, so all funds raised go directly into the school and students. Craig has received more than $1,800 in cash donations alone and they’re still coming in.

“I really look forward to seeing all the kids and doing what I need to do to make their lives a little better,” he concluded.


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