Pass on your un­used stuff to the Pass It On Project

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Vic­to­ria Vanier Stanstead

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@

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