February 01, 2023
Local News

Wheaton garage sale raises about $7,500 for Touch A Life Foundation

Organization helps children rescued from child trafficking

WHEATON – A garage sale this month in Wheaton to help children rescued from child trafficking in Ghana, West Africa, raised more than $7,000.

Beth Johnson and her cousin, Susie Krieg, held the garage sale June 10 and 11 to benefit the Touch A Life Foundation.

"We raised about $7,500 including sales and financial donations," Johnson said in an email. "We are happy with the results and grateful for the opportunity to provide support for the precious Touch A Life children in Ghana."

All of the money raised goes to providing support to four children being helped through the foundation, Johnson said. The Touch A Life Care Center in Kumasi, Ghana, is home to 72 children who have been rescued from forced labor and exploitation. Johnson and Krieg organized their first sale in 2009.

Johnson's daughter, Rachel Brown, a 2004 Wheaton Warrenville South High School graduate, is director of development at Touch A Life Foundation. Johnson has traveled to Ghana with her daughter to visit the children who have been helped through the garage sale.

According to Touch A Life Foundation's website, a donation of $150 per month or $1,800 a year covers a child's shelter, clothing, nutritious food and medical care.