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Help Our Community

Raise money to support those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and have widespread community participation, as well as promoting environmental sustainability.

Refurbish, take photos, and resell items online to our local community, and donate the profits earned to those who are less fortunate and were hit hard by the current state of the world. 

All proceeds will be donated directly to the San Mateo County Strong Fund, which helps individuals, small local businesses, and non-profits that provide service for our most vulnerable populations.

To get involved, you can look around your house for any items you think would be valuable to someone else, then get in touch with me so that I can refurbish and resell your photos!

I just wanted to give an update on the Hidden Treasures Fundraiser, which I began about a month ago. For more details about the fundraiser, you can visit my original post on Nextdoor. After receiving items from 25 generous donors and selling over 100 items on Nextdoor, we raised an incredible $1,085 to donate to the San Mateo County Strong Fund (SMC Strong), which will go to families, small businesses, and nonprofits that have struggled due to the current pandemic. Thanks to the support of our community, I had the opportunity to make an in person cash donation through the San Mateo Credit Union. I want to take a minute to highlight the people who made this donation possible:

 

Thank you to the San Mateo Credit Union, for not only allowing me to make a cash donation of the proceeds from the fundraiser, but for also donating an additional $500 to SMC Strong, which will impact so many lives! A huge thank you to County Supervisor Dave Pine and his staff Linda Wolin and David Burruto, San Mateo Credit Union President Wade Painter and Vice President Suzanne Knowlton, who all helped coordinate my donation and took the time to meet me in person. 

 

Thank you to everyone who donated items, as without you, I never could have raised so much money for this fundraiser! Another thank you to those who couldn’t donate items but instead made a direct donation, your support was greatly appreciated! Also, thanks to everyone who purchased items, especially those who gave a little extra! 

 

Lastly, thank you to everyone reading this. Whether you donated or not, I want you to know that your kind words and support made a lasting impact in our community. I have learned so much from this experience, and had the chance to meet so many generous people who just wanted to help. It showed me that even in times where everything seems to be going wrong, I can always count on my neighbors to come together and support those less fortunate in my community. I will be winding down the Hidden Treasures Fundraiser, and although I will no longer be accepting item donations, I still have many items available for purchase on Nextdoor. To see all the available items, just search “Hidden Treasures” on Nextdoor, and they will all pop up. 

 

Thank you so much for your continued support, and I hope everyone is staying safe!

 

Olivia Sze

UPDATE:

ABOUT ME

Hi! My name is Olivia Sze, and I'm a 13-year-old student attending Crocker Middle School. I'm someone who likes stepping up and helping others, and when faced with a problem, I do my best to educate myself on the matter and take steps towards fixing it using the resources I have. Every day on the news I've witnessed countless lives and livelihoods greatly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, especially as San Mateo County joins the state watchlist. With the resources I have access to, I wanted to make a difference for the local people who are less fortunate than myself. 

Recently, my family and I have been clearing out clutter, and we’ve found tons of items that we’ve grown out of but other people could use. This became my inspiration for this fundraiser, as I imagine other households are in the same situation. Instead of wasting these types of items, I thought it would be more efficient and environmentally sustainable to resell it.

Overall, I care deeply about our local community, and I want to help in any way I can! In times like these, it is so important to stick together and help those who are struggling even in the simplest ways. I hope to continue this fundraiser through the rest of the year to have maximum impact, as I know that there are thousands of people in our community who need our help!