'Not one story book between them'

St. Mary's book sale to benefit Carryou orphans in South Africa and needy families

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  • Penelope Ho, left, Nora Gmelch and Anthony Salierno, volunteers at the recent St. Mary's Vacation Bible School, show some of the books for sale at tomorrow's book sale to benefit South African orphans supported by Carryou and needy families in Tuxedo.

  • Moipone Liefo, a South African orphan supported by Carryou, shows a book he read which was chosen and paid for by Tuxedo Park School's third-grade in 2013. Tuxedo Park resident Sue Heywood plans to use the funds raised at tomorrow's book sale at the Tuxedo Farmers' Market to buy books for kids like Moipone during her upcoming trip.

TUXEDO — The young members of St. Mary's-In-Tuxedo Episcopal Church will hold a book sale tomorrow, Aug. 16, during the Tuxedo Farmers Market, to benefit needy families in the Tuxedo School District and children in South Africa supported by Carryou.

Tuxedo Park resident Sue Heywood, who supports Carryou's efforts and works with local groups to raise money to help orphans through the Carryou organization, will be traveling to South Africa to see the group's sponsored orphans.

She'll also visit with the students who have been able to take school courses because of Carryou's financial support, stop by the two feeding centers in Toekomsrus and Elandsvlei and visit the Mablomong School, where many of the books, chosen and paid for by Tuxedo Park School's third-grade class in 2013, and the book sale by the Rodolfo boys and Theo Coughlin, had gone.

"I always go into the squatter camps with the caregivers and meet the children in their homes and at school," she wrote in a note to The Photo News. "I also plan also to replenish the book supply to Mablomong school and the two drop-in centers."

But because books are too heavy to carry and costly to transport, Heywood will use the funds donated to Carryou through tomorrow's book sale to buy books while in South Africa and deliver them to the little rural school - where many of its sponsored orphans go to school.

"These children, two years ago when I visited, had not one story book between them," she wrote.

Carryou provides a free meal once a day to around 1,000 children and family members. The group also sponsors those who are struggling the most due to sickness or unemployment by paying for food parcels and the children 's and young people's educational needs.

Anyone interested in providing financial support to the book effort can call Heywood at 351-3473.

To learn more, visit: www.carryou.blogspot.com.

- Nancy Kriz

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