What started as a one-time fundraiser some 40 years ago has become a very popular annual tradition that church members look forward to every Thanksgiving.
Hebron CRC in Renfrew, Ontario held their first Thanksgiving Day auction as a fundraiser for the Calvinette (now GEMS) program. It was so popular that congregational members suggested that it take place every year…and so an annual tradition was born.
Each Thanksgiving, members donate everything from homegrown produce to home-baking, handmade wooden articles, jams, jellies, preserves and craft items to be auctioned off. Everyone enjoys bidding against each other to win the item of their choice. It is a good time of fellowship and fun.
Each year, the money raised is donated to different charitable organizations connected to the church or community. This event has raised thousands of dollars for many deserving recipients and has blessed the church, its members, and the recipients of the money raised. We hope and pray this will continue for many years to come.
-submitted by the Renfrew deacons