Auction and Yard Sale to benefit 2 Local Groups

On Saturday, September 12th, there will be a yard sale and auction just south of that may stand out from the regular Saturday morning sales. It benefits local cancer patients, and others in need. Debbie Young, one of the coordinators, shares about where the funds go, and a little about what can be found there.

“The Doris L. Via Fund was founded in 2011, and it is a 501c3 organization. It is governed by an all-volunteer board. The fund was named for the late Doris L. Via of Hot Springs, who desired that proceeds from her estate be dedicated to helping residents of Bath County in their battle against cancer.”

Expenses even beyond medical care for patients can include transportation to and from treatment, hotel stays and days of missed work. A gift from the Doris Via fund can help reduce some of the worry families feel in those times.

Again Debbie Young,

“Multiple churches are coming together to do this, plus a lot of other people that are coming. We’ve got the hospital on board with this. We’ve got several churches that are not even in Bath County that are helping out. So, it’s a big event, and it’s growing rapidly, and we’re very excited. The auction and the food sales will benefit the Doris Via Foundation, and the yard sale will benefit the Ashwood Food Pantry. The Ashwood Food Pantry and Ladles of Love, is a ministry of the Ashwood Church. It is for the people of Bath County. It has been serving them for over ten years. The ministry is to help people in need, both individuals and families in the Bath County area. The only requirement is that the families live in Bath County.   Ashwood United Methodist Church has been greatly blessed by this ministry in the Bath community.”

What could we expect to see at Eden Church on Saturday morning?

“We have a lot of items that have come in for the yard sale. The yard sale is just tremendous. So anybody that loves to yard sale, this is the place to come. We’re going to have a field full of stuff.”

Debbie Young continued,

“We have lots of furniture, some of it is antique furniture. We have baby items, lots of seasonal things, numerous dishes for all the dish collectors. We have pallets that have been made into flags, and these were made and donated to us.

If anybody has anything to donate, we certainly are looking for more donations. We want to make the auction as big as we possibly can. You can call any of the following people, Susie Kirshner, Nettie Lindsay, Betty Hicklin, Carolyn McMullen, Trudy Woodzell, or myself Debbie Young.”

So, both the yard sale and the auction can grow even more in the next week. The group just mentioned, and all of the others who are working to make this benefit a success, are very appreciated for bringing hope to families who are struggling with illness or hunger.

So, just a reminder for those looking for a larger than usual yard sale, and auction,

“The event is going to be held on Saturday, September the 12th at Eden church. The auction will be held under the picnic shelter, and the yard sale will be in the field. The yard sale starts at 8:00 and the auction starts at ten.”

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Bonnie Ralston

Bonnie Ralston is the Assistant Station Coordinator at WVLS and a Highland County news reporter. She began volunteering at Allegheny Mountain Radio in the fall of 2005. In 2006 she became an AMR employee and worked in Bath County for eight years as the WCHG Station Coordinator and then as the news reporter there. She began working in radio while in college and has stayed connected to radio, in one way or another, for more than thirty years. She grew up in Staunton, Virginia, while spending a lot of time on her family’s farm in Deerfield, Virginia. She enjoys spending time outside, watching old TV shows and movies and tending to her chickens.

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