Pass on your unused stuff to the Pass It On Project
As far back as last November, members of the Stanstead United Church began organizing the “Pass it On” Project, a huge, old-fashioned auction that will raise money for two deserving projects: Le Club Richelieu, of Lac Megantic, and the youth hockey program at the Pat Burns Arena. Le Club Richelieu provides support for many of the children who were orphaned following the train derailment last July and their adoptive families.
“It’s the first time we’ve done something of this magnitude,” said Barbara Heath, one of the organizers. “Martine Drysdale, the Chair of the committee, contacted people in Lac Megantic. They are very well organized there and she was directed to the Club Richelieu who works with the 32 orphans. We also wanted to do something for the local youth so we chose the Border Minor hockey program,” continued Mrs. Heath. Several local politicians have even been invited to take part, NDP MP Jean Rousseau having already accepted to attend.
What’s interesting about this auction is that people can either donate nice items or put larger or more valuable items in the auction on consignment, donating 20% of the selling price to the fundraiser. Tax receipts can be given for the donated items. “Larry Wheeler, the auctioneer, has volunteered to hold the auction for us and many other local people have offered to help. Stanstead College students will help us with the parking and Mike Goudreau is going to play music during the previewing of the items,” said Mrs. Heath.
Organizers have already begun collecting items such as nice furniture, antiques, jewelry, paintings and even a big, old safe. What isn’t being accepted is clothing, mattresses, pillows, bedding and large, upholstered sofas. Pictures of the items will soon be posted on the United Church’s Facebook page.
“The idea for the project is that whatever good fortune you have, you can pass a little on to someone else. It will be a good opportunity for the people of Stanstead to show what they can do for other people,” said the organizer.
The auction, which will be cash only, is taking place at the Centenary Church, in Stanstead, on Saturday, June 7th, preview at 9:00 am and the auction begins at 10:00 am. There will be a canteen on the premises. For more information or to donate items, contact Martine Drysdale at 819 876-7898 or eladsyrd@ gmail.com.
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