The setting is a little village nestled against the dunes by the North Sea in Holland. As the story begins …
Anneke and Hans and their parents are off to the school playground this Saturday morning to help set up for the community rummage sale. The annual event gives families a chance to donate what is still usable from their wardrobes, the kids' toy chest, or anywhere at home, and the income raised buys playground equipment.
Pa is going to check in the shed to see if he really needs some tools he has had stored there for a while, and Ma is checking all her kitchen cupboards to find some baking pans she can do without.
The kids hear their parents commenting to each other that they are thankful they have more than they really need and can give to others who will find the items useful. From the smiling expressions on their parents' faces Anneke can see they are really glad to be able to make donations.
Seeing their parents finding items to share the twins climb the stairs to their bedrooms, Anneke on the 2nd floor facing the front garden and street, and Hans in the converted attic room overlooking the back garden golden chain tree.
First they each check their wardrobes for clothes that are too small. Anneke finds a jumper and blouse that were from 2 years ago that she has definitely outgrown, and lays them on her bed. Then lined up on the floor of the cupboard are several pairs of shoes that she has just outgrown. So she wraps them in a piece of newspaper and lays them alongside the jumper and blouse. Anneke is feeling thankful that another child will have them now.
Hans is up one floor doing the same as his sister, and has found 2 pairs of pants that are way too small, and carries them down to Anneke's room. The twins scoop up the items and skip down the stairs in tandem, showing their mom what they have to donate.
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Article and photo of Amsterdam by Susan Helene Kramer; the characters in this story are fictional, but the setting is true to life.
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