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Tanzania Development Support Seeking Donations for Yard Sale

John Kuboja (center), 4HCareer Pathways Coordinator, teaches girls and boys computer skills in the Mkono Secondary School computer lab supported by TDS.

CONTACT: Kurt Thurmaier, 815.501.2224 or 

DeKalb, IL. – Tanzania Development Support (TDS) is now receiving donations of household goods for its fundraising yard sale, August 1-3, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 1915 North First Street in DeKalb. 

Thanks to the generous donations of the community, the annual TDS yard sale is recognized as one of the best in the area. There will be an abundant selection of quality furniture, home goods, clothing, toys and miscellaneous items. 

Based in DeKalb, TDS is a nonprofit organization founded in 2008 to support schools and local organizations in the Mara region that work to improve access to educational opportunities and resources for youth, especially for girls. Education is the best investment in helping communities break the cycle of poverty. Girls that complete secondary school will have higher incomes, healthier families, and support education as a community value. Over the past 15 years, TDS has funded the construction of a girls’ dormitory, built a community library, provided more than 50 scholarships to girls to attend secondary school, and supported various educational programs that serve thousands of students in the Mara region. Proceeds from this year’s yard sale will go towards the purchase of computers and books, constructing water tanks at public schools, and expanding afterschool 4H Career Pathways clubs. 

In addition to being an opportunity to raise money, the annual TDS Yard Sale is an enjoyable social experience and an important occasion to learn more about TDS and the positive impact of educating girls everywhere.

TDS is seeking donations of salable items and volunteers to help with the sale. Volunteers are especially needed on Tuesday, July 30 and Wednesday, July 31 to help organize and set up the sale, and the afternoon of Saturday, August 3 to take down the sale. 

Donations of salable items will be accepted on Wednesday, July 31 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, but individuals can contact TDS to coordinate an alternative drop off time or day. Individuals interested in volunteering for the yard sale or that would like to coordinate an alternative donation drop off can contact Kurt Thurmaier by email at or call (815) 501-2224. 

Additional information about TDS and the yard sale are available at . 

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