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EAST BRADFORD — Sometimes it can be hard to get a child to give away some items in a yard sale.
The same can’t be said for 11-year-old Molly Dolan, who not only is donating her stuff, but also collecting from other people to organize a charity yard sale.
“A few years ago, I wanted to make a club with my friend and make books with drawings and sell them, but my mom suggested doing a garage sale,” Molly Dolan said. “We did that and I decided to do a lemonade stand, too.”
There wasn’t enough to pull another yard sale together last year, but that didn’t deter the Hillsdale Elementary fifth grader from bringing the sale back for this year.
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Except now, she’s going bigger.
Not only will she have the yard sale and the lemonade stand, but will also be selling baked goods and feature a moon bounce.
“There’s also going to be a section where people can makes cards for (the homeless),” Molly Dolan said.
In the first year, the Dolans raised about $300 to give to local charities, but Molly is hoping to go above and beyond that this year.
And by the sounds of it, she may very well accomplish that.
“Our garage is about to explode,” she said. “There’s a lot of stuff.”
New to this year is that many of the items in the yard sale won’t have a price, but instead, Molly is leaving it up to the people to pay what they think is fair.
Of course, some of the larger items, such as bikes, will have a price.
“I think we’ll get maybe $100 or $200 more because we have a lot of toys and the bake sale,” Molly Dolan said.
The yard sale will feature just about anything you can imagine, from baby toys to Barbies to books and even furniture — all donated by family and friends.
“We have very generous friends and family who are always looking to donate stuff,” said Molly’s mother, Kristin Dolan. “It worked out well.”
To help get attention about the yard sale and get word out about what she’s trying to do, Molly, with the help of her father, created a website to go along with the charity she started as part of the yard sale — Kids 4 Kids (www.kids-4-kids.org).
In fact, that’s where people have been signing up to make baked goods for the sale.
“She had it up on her site and people were signing up for it,” Kristin Dolan said. “I had no idea.”
Don’t be fooled that Molly’s parents have a hand in Kids 4 Kids.
It’s all Molly Dolan.
“We’re just providing the warehouse,” joked her father, Mike Dolan.
All of this comes as no surprise to Molly’s parents. She has always had a charitable personality about her.
“She’s very selfless,” Kristin Dolan said. “Anytime she earns or gets money as gifts, she uses it for other people. We are proud parents.”
All the money collected from Saturday’s yard sale, including the baked goods and lemonade stand, will be split among the Friends Association for the Care and Protection of Children, Home of the Sparrow, the West Chester Food Cupboard and The Dax Foundation.
“I thought about homeless people and realized how bad that was,” Molly Dolan said. “I wanted to give money to people like that. I feel like I have a really nice house and a lot of things and some people don’t even have a house.”
Molly Dolan’s Kids 4 Kids yard sale will take place May 16, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., at 1084 Forest Road in West Chester.