WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP | Nancy Silva and Jen Biancardi plan to give away all of the money they earn at The Times Ultimate Indoor Garage Sale on April 12 at the Porter County Expo Center.
Silva, 52, and Biancardi, 41, both of Crown Point, will be selling handmade earrings, necklaces, bracelets, key chains, wall art, rice bags and painted mini-bird houses.
It will all support ActiveWater, a nonprofit organization on a mission to bring clean water, hygiene training and sanitation projects to communities across the globe.
The women began their venture, Well Thought Designs, late last year and have been selling their items at prices ranging from $5 to $25.
“The thought came years ago, but we decided to put it into action around Christmas time,” Biancardi said.
“Years ago, our youth group went to a function, and ActiveWater had a booth. They touched my heart so much. Water is just as necessary for life as breathing. ActiveWater taught us that there are so many families without access to clean, safe water.”
ActiveWater is working to bring clean water and sanitation projects to the Ndola region of Zambia, Africa. The primary focus is on creating wells with safe drinking water.
“For 884 million people, the water they drink is not only unclean, it’s unsafe,” Biancardi said. “There are 2.5 billion people who lack the access to improved sanitation. So many lives will be claimed due to unsafe drinking water.”
Biancardi said ActiveWater not only provides safe drinking water but also delivers the message of the Living Water which they believe is Jesus Christ.
This message resonated with Biancardi and Silva, who attend Town and Country Christian Church in Winfield and Cross Point Church in Crown Point, respectively.
“Matthew 10:42 spoke to our hearts,” Biancardi said. “(It says) if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones....”
The women decided to use their love for creating things to try to multiply their funds for the Lord, Silva said.
“We feel like this is what Jesus wants us to do with our time and resources,” Silva said.
For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or on Facebook at Well Thought Designs. Learn more about ActiveWater at www.activewater.org.