Tzu Chi volunteers in Tacloban City organized a garage sale on September 24. Held at the Rizal Park in downtown Tacloban, the event, dubbed as “Taboan sa Tacloban”, gathered Php 421,715 in profit.
Hundred percent of the profit will fund Tzu Chi’s charity, medical, education, and humanity programs in the country.
Tzu Chi Tacloban local coordinator Jose Yu said the event was made possible through the concerted efforts and loving hearts of many people. Most of the items put on sale came all the way from Tzu Chi Foundation’s Cherish Blessings Charity Store in Sta. Mesa, Manila. However, many Tacloban volunteers also donated items they are no longer using.
Tzu Chi’s Cherish Blessings Charity Store accepts preloved items donated by various people and sell them at marked down price. Apart from generating money to fund Tzu Chi’s charity programs, relief operations, medical missions and scholarship grants, the store also aims to encourage the public to extend the life of materials instead of throwing them away and risking them end up as trash that takes years to decompose in the landfills.
This was the same concept that “Taboan sa Tacloban,” which translates to “Garage Sale in Tacloban,” follows.
“This activity involves a lot of work – from transporting the items all the way from Manila to the event venue,” said Yu. “We are very glad that everyone worked hand in hand to make this event possible.”
On the day of the event, hordes of buyers arrived to sift through the assortment of items on sale. Clothes, shoes, curtains, among others came only with a Php5 to Php150 price tags.
Tzu Chi volunteers were hands-on in ensuring the event’s success.
“I am assisting the consumers so that the transactions will run smooth and fast,” said Tzu Chi volunteer Villa Babiano. “I’m happy that they were able to support Tzu Chi Foundation and most especially help other people in need.”
58-year-old Elena Astorga was among the early birds. “We came here as early as 4:00 a.m. and I learned that the prices here are affordable and that we can help the needy by buying items here,” she said.
As one of the beneficiaries of Php15,000 cash assistance and the cash-for-work cum cleanup program of Tzu Chi in the aftermath of Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan), Astorga finds the garage sale her chance to pay forward the help.
“I am very thankful to Tzu Chi. They helped a lot of people and I hope that they will continue sharing kindness and compassion to the needy,” Astorga said.
Vivian Desabille, 40, an elementary teacher also went to Rizal Park after hearing about a garage sale happening there.
“We came here after going to church and heard about the charity event of Tzu Chi. They are having a garage sale and I learned that the proceeds will be used for Tzu Chi’s charity funds,” she said.
“I’m happy because the prices are affordable and at the same time by buying items here we are able to contribute in Tzu Chi’s charity programs to benefit lot of people in need,” Desabille said.
As soon as they heard about the garage sale, many locals grew excited and went to the venue to purchase items and show their support to Tzu Chi’s charity programs. 【Photo by Jushua Marga】
Tzu Chi volunteers assist a customer in shopping at the garage sale event. 【Photo by Jushua Marga】
Tzu Chi volunteers wear their brightest smiles and greet the buyers as they walk into the event venue. 【Photo by Jushua Marga】
Tzu Chi volunteers accommodate the buyers during the charity event on September 24.【Photo by Jushua Marga】