By LEIGH PROM

The 36th annual World Hunger Auction kicks off at 9:30 a.m. on Aug. 10 at Antioch Church of the Brethren at 2996 Callaway Road between Rocky Mount and Callaway.

The auction features the sale of crafts, quilts, toys, produce, baked and canned goods, special services and more. In addition to the live auction conducted by Matthew Rutrough of Old Southwest Auctions, there will be a silent auction that will feature gifts and services such as homemade meals, a dinner theater trip, a commissioned barn quilt, indoor painting and an attorney’s services for writing a will. Many of the artisans donated works made specifically for the auction.

“You’ll find an unusual gift here that you’re not going to find many other places,” wrote Charles Flora, a former WHA chairman, on the organization’s website, www.worldhungerauction.org.

Beth Middleton is one of the artisans who contributes to the auction. She took up hand-weaving a few years ago, and she donates to the auction because she said she “wanted to be involved a bit more at a personal level.”

According to Lynn Meyers, co-chair for WHA, the auction has distributed more than $1.4 million to various agencies dealing with hunger issues.

“Each year since 1984, the World Hunger Auction, a project of local Churches of the Brethren, has been held to raise funds for hunger programs in Franklin County and beyond. Proceeds are divided between Stepping Stone Mission, Heavenly Manna, Lake Christian Ministries, Roanoke Area Ministries, the Church of the Brethren Global Food Initiative and Heifer International. Other fundraisers, including music programs, a pancake breakfast, a walk and bike ride and a golf tournament are held through the year to supplement the funds raised on auction day.”

Jim White, a past volunteer of the year for Roanoke Area Ministries, said his organization is grateful for the donation. “It means a lot to RAM. It helps with day-to-day operations.”

Another beneficiary, Heifer International, reports that the organization works in 28 countries on five continents and since 1944 has helped more than 31 million families. Headquartered in Little Rock, Arkansas, Heifer’s mission is “to end hunger and poverty while caring for the Earth,” according to its website.

In addition to the items for auction at the Aug. 10 event, food and refreshments also will be available.

WHA co-chair Sandra Myers described the fellowship at the event as special. “People renew relationships and see people they haven’t seen in a long time,” she said.

Former WHA committee chairman Bill Bowman agreed. “It’s probably one of the most enjoyable events I’ve participated in. The people just come together. It’s really a community event,” he said. “Everybody does everything you ask them to do. It’s really tremendous to be a part of it.”

Organizers for the World Hunger Auction encourage folks to come early for the best selection. The motto for the event is, “Doing what we can opens the door for God to do much more.”

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