Helping kids more than 7,000 miles away

By Alicia Nieves

June 14, 2014 Updated Jun 14, 2014 at 6:09 PM EST

Endicott, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Local students are bridging the gap between them and kids more than 7,000 miles away, in China.

All Saints Catholic School and students from Vestal High School's China Care Club held a garage sale Saturday Morning.

The garage sale was held between 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.

All the merchandise for the sale was donated by parents of students at All Saints Catholic School and Vestal High School.

The garage sale was held to benefit the 'Half the Sky Foundation,' which is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping children in China.

Local parents said even though the foundation helps kids in China, it has helped local families here in the Southern Tier as well.

"Over the course of years this organization has made a huge difference in the lives of orphans, including my own daughter," said Kim Myers, who adopted her daughter from an orphanage that 'Half the Sky' services in China.

Myers said 'Half the Sky' focuses on helping orphanages become places where family-less children can still feel loved and safe to attach to caregivers.

She said they do things like paint the walls bright at the orphanages, train caregivers, and develop the facilities to be a place where children can be stimulated.

All those involved with the fundraiser said they don't have a goal for how much money they hope to raise, because they know every dollar will still make a difference.

The only goal they had was to teach local students how they can have a global impact.

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