ST. CHARLES – The Golden Kiwanis of St. Charles are hosting a garage sale fundraiser for the International Kiwanis project to eliminate tetanus in newborns and their mothers.
Called The Eliminate Project, Kiwanis International and UNICEF joined forces to immunize more than 100 million mothers and their babies. Tetanus is caused by a bacterial infection of the nervous system. It is also called lockjaw, because of the spasms, which would begin in the jaw muscles.
“Last year alone, it is estimated that more than 60,000 painful deaths could have been prevented both in the U.S. and other countries if the shot had been available,” said Marjorie Johnson, 71, of St. Charles. Johnson is chairman of the local chapter’s The Eliminate Project. “Mothers and babies are dying in huge numbers when all they need is an inoculation that would cost $1.80.”
The Eliminate Project requires $110 million for vaccines, syringes, safe storage, transportation and thousands of skilled staff.
The Golden Kiwanis hope to raise $1,000 toward that goal with their two-day garage sale, Johnson said. The Golden Kiwanis are a group of about 30 members who are 60 or older.
The garage sale will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 8 and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 9 at 1028 Kehoe Drive, St. Charles.
Johnson said the group is accepting donations for the garage sale, but ask for no clothes or electronics. The group is looking more for knickknacks, art work and books.
The group will have high-quality home furnishings from a remodeling project for sale, Johnson said.
To drop items off for the sale, call Johnson at 630-377-6015. Information is available online at http://sites.kiwanis.org.