Ten year-old, Annalie Nelson, of Cherokee, Iowa continues her efforts in 2012 to help save the planet while raising funds to support local area animal shelters.
She and her mom, Nancy Nelson, will be hosting the second annual Earth Day Craft Sale and Flea Market on Saturday, April 28 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the Cherokee Community Center.
The effort all began two years ago when the young girl took an idea shared at the country fair and turned it into a fundraising project. The idea was so popular it won a Pepsi Refresh grant under the "Planet" heading. Nelson and her mom collect new and used unwanted t-shirts and convert them into reusable shopping bags, which are now dubbed Rethread Earth Bags. With past support of the grant they are able to sell the bags for $1 each with the proceeds donated to local area animal shelters when their goal is met. To date the pair has sold over 1,000 bags which helps to keep approximately 900,000 one time use plastic bags out of the landfill and environment.
The event will take place in the lower level of the Cherokee Community Center located on West Bluff Street. The addition of Flea Market vendors is new to this year's event and should draw a wide variety of shopping opportunities, with approximately 25 vendors included. There are still some openings for vendors.
Admission is $1 per person and each person will receive a Rethread Earth Bag. It's a great opportunity to see the bags in action and used for shopping with the vendors.
The cost of being a vendor at this event is $25 for an 10''x10'' space which includes a six foot table and chairs if needed, as well as access to electricity. Each vendor and advertising supporter will get a link on the Rethread Earth website, which will remain until next year when the event will take place again. According to Nelson, the vendor fees and admission fees all go toward fundraising efforts for local area animal shelters. "We are looking forward to our second year of this event which has the potential to be bigger and better than last year's event," said Nelson.
For further information about the sale or becoming a vendor, contact Nancy Nelson at 712-225-2650 or log onto www.rethreadearth.com.