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Uptown Cheapskate Raises Funds to Build Schools in Africa

FAB_Email_NoDateNovember 3, 2015—Uptown Cheapskate has teamed up with buildOn, a non-profit organization that works with under-served communities around the world, to build three new schools in Africa. About 30 Uptown Cheapskate and Kid to Kid (sister concept) stores across the nation will hold a charity Fill-A-Bag sale on November 7, with 100 percent of the proceeds going toward building schools.

“We’re excited to be able to use our network of Kid to Kid and Uptown Cheapskate franchise locations to raise funds to build schools and educate children in some of the most impoverished areas in the world,” said Shauna Sloan, founder of Kid to Kid. “Our customers shop resale to save money, conserve resources and help our environment. They’ve also generously donated product for the sale. During the charity Fill-A-Bag sale, shoppers buy a $15 bag that they can fill to the brim with select merchandise. They love getting the product, and feel great that the entire purchase price will be donated to buildOn to help change lives.”

Kid to Kid and Uptown Cheapskate stores held their first Charity Fill-a-Bag Sale in April of this year and raised $51,613 for buildOn. With those funds, they were able to build their first school in Mali. On November 7, local customers can attend the second Charity Fill-A-Bag Sale at store address in City.  For a $15 donation to buildOn, customers are given a bag to fill with as much specially-marked product as they can fit.  Most of sale merchandise has been donated by customers from the local community. Customers who purchase bags will also receive a coupon for 15 percent off all full-priced merchandise not included in the sale.

“What’s so great about this charity sale event is the significant impact it will have on the buildOn organization and the families they serve,” said Uptown Cheapskate co-founder, Chelsea Sloan Carroll. “We’re thrilled we’ve already been able to transform an entire village in Mali with our first school, and we can’t wait to earn enough for our second and hopefully third.”

Each school will accommodate up to 150 kids and feature two classrooms, a roof, latrines, and classroom supplies. buildOn works in partnership with the ministry of education in each country, the local village—which agrees to provide the land, local materials, and some construction labor; the engineering, materials skilled labor and project supervision is provided by buildOn. The village must also agree to send girls to school in equal numbers with boys for gender balance and equality.

Kid to Kid buys and sells new and gently used children’s and maternity clothes, toys, books, and baby gear. For young adults, Uptown Cheapskate buys and sells new and like-new name brand clothes, shoes, jewelry and handbags.

For more information about buildOn, visit https://act.buildon.org/fundraise/team?ftid=44304.