Purse auction to benefit Kids

By Tina Montgomery

An assortment of gently used and new brand name purses and other items will be up for auction at a special event this Saturday.

The purse auction is a yearly fundraiser held by the Women of Grace, the women’s group at First Assembly of God Church in Minden. According to the group’s director Lynn Baldree, thousands of dollars are raised by the purse auction to benefit the Royal Family Kids Camp and other ministries in Minden.

Lynn says she got the idea for the fun auction when she read an article about another church collecting items from member’s homes and auctioning the items to fundraise for their church.

“I’ve been doing this since about 2013. It gets bigger and bigger every year” Lynn said, when asked about the popularity of their purse auction. 

The Royal Family Kids Camp is a ministry dear to the hearts of the Women of Grace. The Royal Kids are a group of area foster children who attend a camp especially for them every summer in Minden. Many of the children have experienced some sort of abuse.

Lynn says every summer “The kids are treated royally! They have birthday parties and [the ministry] is all about the Lord.” 

The Women of Grace have also held other fundraisers like bake sales and sheet set sales as well as soliciting donations that fund the Royal Kids and other church missions.

The auction is set for 9 a.m. Saturday June 18. Tickets are $5 and include a salad luncheon with dessert. Seating is limited to 175 ticket holders and so far about 125 tickets have been sold. In addition to the purse auction, there will be a silent auction for other items such as jewelry and a stove.

New to the event this year, ticket holders will get a sneak peek of the items up for bid on Friday June 17 from 3 to 6 p.m. and can submit bids for the silent auction. Lynn says they have more new and name brand purses this year and each purse will be filled with goodies like gift cards, pens, and Bath and Body Works products.

For tickets call Lynn Baldree at 318-423-1311 or Becky Smith at 318-518-7646.

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