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Berean Children’s Home auction set for Saturday

Donations and bidders are needed for the Berean Children’s Home’s biggest fundraiser of the year.

The annual auction at the residential children’s facility helps provide extras and necessities for the 11 children housed at the Bogue Chitto home. The auction is Saturday at 1 p.m. at the home.

Case manager Pam Whitaker said items are needed for the auction and are accepted even during the bidding.

“We’ve had people walk up and hand things to the auctioneer,” she said.

The money raised is used for the residents at Berean.

“It’s for the kids. One-hundred percent of the money goes to the kids,” she said.

They take them on an overnight trip to the Coast during the summer, and the students are involved in extra-curricular activities like sports and dance.

“We try to make their lives as normal as possible,” she said.

The money also helps pay for groceries.

“We go through 16 gallons of milk in a week,” she said.

Berean is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and all donations are tax deductible. The home is fully supported by contributions from individuals, churches, civic organizations, foundations and businesses, Whitaker said.

The auction brought in $40,000 last year — their highest total so far — and they’re hoping they can top it this year.

So far they’ve received items such as generators, flooring, guitars, gun license classes, handmade quilts, plants, original artwork and Barbie cars for youngsters. Everything will be spread out in the cafeteria at the facility Saturday prior to the 1 p.m. start of the auction.

“You can mingle around and look at the stuff,” she said.

The auctioneer for the event is Kendall Covington.

The physical address for Berean Children’s Home is 1180 Berea Trail SE, but if you’re using GPS to get there, use 1026 Shell Oil Lane SE.

For more information or to donate items, call 601-823-5776.