Garrett Knudsen sat quietly by the door of the Union Centre and welcomed guests as they arrived this weekend. He was surrounded by Tootsie Rolls and other candies he had on offer.
Behind him sat about twenty tables lined with handmade artisan goods and other items residents were looking to sell. It was all part of Garrett’s Sweet Fundraiser, a trade show and garage sale the 11-year-old wanted to host in an effort to raise funds for cancer.
“One day I just woke up and I wanted to do it,” he said, as his hair rested on his shoulders as he grows it out for a donation.
The entire event came together in just over two weeks thanks to helping from friends and family on Facebook. To the show of support, the shy youth said it was all “a pretty good feeling.”
His sister Rebecka Klughart was equally as proud of the community stepping up to help and of her younger brother wanting to extend the olive branch.
“It just shows that he has a huge heart,” she said. “He is a very shy kid but he just wants to stand up and glow it means the world to me. I am proud of him.”
Klughart said her brother's idea stemmed from talks within their home of a desire to empty the house and sell off a few items.
“He wanted to do some fundraising so we combined it. It was just supposed to be a flea market then the trade show happened along with it.”
The building was donated for the show, allowing table rentals to be lower. All funds from that will go towards Knudsen donation for cancer research.
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