The benefit tonight is the last stop on this tour. Gaboury will present a video and speak about what the trust does. The orphans’ hand-crafted toys will be available to buy.
“The bulk of our funding comes directly from the dolls that the kids make,” Gaboury said.
Gaboury said along with each doll that is purchased, a photograph and biography of the toymaker will be given. If anyone wants to donate cash, their donation will be matched 100 percent through Microsoft’s Youth Spark Program, Gaboury said. This allows donations received at the benefit to be doubled. Gaboury said people can also visit www.globalgiving.org on Sunday to donate and have their donation matched.
Phillip Lenihan, owner of the Orphic Gallery, said he has known about Zimkids for some time and has always admired the work that they do. Meeting Basa, whom Gaboury describes as intelligent and self-disciplined, has further reinforced this feeling.
“I have received word from people in Texas, California and Canada that they are behind Zimkids’ efforts,” Lenihan said. “People should support the efforts of locals who are making a difference in the world.”