In so much as you did it to one of the least of these My
Brethren, you did to me. Matthew 25:40
other events have become a part of the project each year, including a hunger
walk, bike ride, winter music
jamboree, bell concert, family fun day, organ concert, and golf tournament.
The support has continued to grow from both members of the churches
involved and the greater community.
the day before the auction, most of the tents are put in place. Workers
are on the scene as early as 6:00 AM on the day of the auction to finish putting
the tents up, carry tables and chairs, and start food preparation. The
auctioneers, who donate their services, arrive early to get everything in order.
Those in charge of each area are there with their helpers to place the donated
items in their proper place. These donations range from quilts that take
the work of many hands to the smallest items made by the Bible School children.
Some of the children have their own projects that they bring to share.
Many hours of time and labor go into the making of all these beautiful items
that are presented each year. From the largest to the smallest item,
everyone that brings something to the sale is an important part of this effort
to help those in need. Those who come to buy and pay so generously for
those items are also a very important part of the auction.
the buyers have taken their purchases and gone home, the workers immediately
begin to returning all the equipment and taking the tents down. For the
workers, it has been a long day and much work has been done, but there is a
feeling of joy and satisfaction that another sale has helped others to have a
Over a period of 25 years, well over $750,000 has been raised to help those in need. Most of this money has gone to Heifer Project International, with smaller amounts going to the Global Food Crisis Fund, to areas of need in the United States, and to local food pantries such as the RAM House.