Teen’s Yard Sale Raises $1900 for Autism Education

On October 10th, Staten Island teenager Meghan Grace Mattei held her fourth annual yard sale to raise money for Autism education. In 2011, the 14-year-old saw the fundraising thermometer hanging in her school and was inspired to pitch in and raise money for her school’s new building. She had the idea of having a yard sale, and ended up raising over $1000 for her cause.


Courtesy of Staten Island Advance

Four years later, Mattei is still having annual yard sales, in which the proceeds go to Eden II, whose mission is to provide people with Autism specialized community-based programs. For six months leading up to the yard sale, she collected donations from friends, family, and neighbors. The sale featured items including clothing, games, kitchen appliances, and other usual yard sale items. These, along with cash donations, helped Meghan raise over $1,900 for her school. In total, her yard sales have helped to raise over $6,000 to benefit Eden II.

According to Staten Island Advance‘s, Dr. Joanne Gerenser, Eden II executive director, said Meghan is “truly one of the most generous people I know. She cannot wait to be in her new building at Beach Street and took it upon herself to start her yard sales to help contribute to this project. I love her enthusiasm and am so proud of her.”

Meghan teaches us that we have the capacity to make an impact for a cause we are passionate about. With the enthusiasm of one person, and the strength of a community, anything is possible.

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