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A Sale for Sam's House

Orphans at Sam's House in Nepal are clothed, fed and readied for school thanks to fundraisers such as the annual yard sale on Saturday at the Morris home of Chris Butler and Jennifer Rothchild.

A yard sale to benefit Sam's House, an orphanage in Nepal, is Saturday, April 25, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the home of Chris Butler and Jennifer Rothchild in Morris.

The sale is at 1007 Idaho Avenue, in Morris.

Butler and Rothchild have hosted the family-run and community-based yard sale for Sam's House, which began in March 2007 as a home for abandoned and orphaned children in Nepal.

For more information, see the Sam's House Web site at

Last year, despite an April snowstorm and temperatures just above freezing, the yard sale raised $2,081 for Sam's House, a total that will support the children's home for almost a month, including food, clothes, shelter, and school for 20 children plus livelihood for five adults.

Sam's House is currently home to 22 children. All operational costs come from tax-deductible donations from the U.S. Sam's House is a federally recognized non-profit. All fundraising is done through events such as the yard sale.

Sam's House is connected to and grounded in the Morris community:

• Many Morris families are participating in this year's sale.

• UMM students have gone to Nepal and volunteered at Sam's House, and many students plan to go in the future.

• Butler and Rothchild teach courses at UMM and incorporate orphanages and children's welfare around the globe into the classes.

• The UMM Running Club is planning to run for Sam's House in upcoming races, such as Grandma's Marathon in Duluth, raising money by having people pledge per mile.

• Many Morris residents, as well as residents in surrounding communities, are interested in and committed to Sam's House, whether they volunteer their time for Sam's House fundraisers, donate their own money to the cause, or help us spread the word.

• The home base for Sam's House is in Morris.