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Thursday's HOPE Thanksgiving Dinner and Auction at Country Springs went very well. Was well attended. Raised a lot of money for Hope Center, the new name for Cooperating Congregations, and it's various programs, especially the meal program.
The bidding seemed down a bit on the silent and live auctions, I saw some items without a bid at all, but there was one item that brought in quite a bit. Something new we tried this year was to auction off "meals". The bidding started at $1000.00, and for that your donation would provide about 333 meals for the needy in Hope Center's dining room. There is more demand than ever for the meal program. Many more children are coming in than before. And now Hope Center will be providing day shelter and meals for the homeless staying at St. Matthias in the winter months.
So bidding started at one thousand. Three hundred seventy-five people in one room and you could've heard a cricket chirp. Someone said their company would kick in another $1000.00 if the meal auction raised a total of $4000.00. Maybe the first bidder didn't get it, but he donated $4000.00 right off the bat. From there the bidding went down to $500.00 and almost nine people "won" that. The bidding went down, all the way to $25.00. For all the bidders, all they received was a receipt and a warm feeling of doing good for the less fortunate. I felt the auction was a success for Hope Center at a time when it's services are needed more than ever.