Local churches collaborate for Haiti benefit auction


Staff Report



GREENVILLE — For the seventh consecutive year, volunteers are preparing for a local Haiti benefit auction. Businesses and individuals are donating merchandise, and organizers expect more than 300 people in attendance.

The auction will be held at the Darke County Fairgrounds, Greenville, on Friday, March 11 and Saturday March 12. The merchandize will include tools, furniture, household good, hand-crafted woodwork, Haitian-made crafts and other items.

The doors will open at 5 p.m. Friday, March 11, serving a delicious dinner (free-will donation). Merchandise will be available for preview. At 7 p.m. the third annual Children’s Auction will begin for ages 12 and under. Doors open again at 8 a.m. Saturday, March 12, with a gourmet breakfast. The auction will begin at 9 a.m. Food will be available for a freewill donation all day. Come enjoy homemade Danish, pies, ice cream and many hand-made lunch options.

The auction has been an annual event since 2010, shortly after a disastrous earthquake struck Haiti and left thousands dead. Each year, this auction sends 100 percent of its proceeds directly to Haiti, taking out no operating or administrative fees. The costs of hosting the auction are covered by volunteered donations.

”We are careful to send our proceeds to conscientious organizations that work through native churches, so their work has a strong, long-term benefit for the Haitian people rather making them more dependent on foreign aid,” says Brad Hoblit, a past member of the auction board.

The auction proceeds support work like elementary education, building and equipping churches, personal evangelism, disaster relief, and medical care.

Inquiries should be directed to the Board of Directors at (937) 524-2809 or info@haitiauction.org. Auction listing and details can be found on the website at www.haitiauction.org.

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