By Alison Jenkins
Oct. 12, 2016
The Hampshire hall was filled with books for sale for $1 on Saturday, Oct. 8.
With a warm welcome, Gena Yeo and her mother-in-law, Fairley Yeo, hosted a book sale to send two sisters in Rwanda to school.
Yeo and her husband, Larry, met the girls, Aline and Emima, then aged eight and nine, while on a mission trip to the country in 2014. They were part of a group of volunteers building a school.
She remembers putting her arm around one little girl who was wearing a green velvet dress. Yeo said the velvet was smooth, it was so worn, and there was a rip in the shoulder. Embarassed, the little girl pulled her sweater up to hide it.
“I could cry.”
She new then she had to help.
It costs about $500 each to send the girls to school. She and her husband decided to have a book sale.
Yeo held her first book sale at the Knutsford Community centre in 2014. They made $800 and knew they’d be able to make a difference in the girls’ lives.
The Yeos have been collecting and storing books since.
They host about two sales a year.