WILLIAMSTOWN - The First United Methodist Church of Williamstown will hold a major fundraiser for its Haiti mission this weekend, a garage sale from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 27 at the church.
Numerous items have been donated to First United for the sale that fills the space at the church's multi-purpose room
"There's a lot of stuff," said the Rev. Steve Gedon of First United.
Members of the First United Methodist Church in Williamstown in February in Haiti. First row, from left, Erin Long, Denise DeLafleur and Barb Richter, founder of the House of Faith orphanage. Second row, Tony Long, Esther Dehmlow and Matt Young.
The garage sale has been held for the past 10 years. It draws buyers from around the region and last year raised $4,500 for the mission that supports the House of Faith, an orphanage near Port-au-Prince that houses 17 orphaned boys.
"It's a pretty big deal," he said.
While the sale has been held for 10 years, the church has been involved in the Haiti mission for three years. Members of the congregation have made trips to the orphanage, working there, teaching and preaching, Gedon said.
Proceeds form the garage sale will support the orphanage's needs including educational supplies, ceiling fans, dental care for the boys, provision for medical expenses, in-door running water and other outreach activities in Haiti, which included a mule for transportation and a sewing machine for a woman who sewed everything by hand.
Other large fundraisers for the mission are held around Christmas and Advent, Gedon said. A fundraiser is being planned for Mothers and Fathers days to purchase malaria nets that are impregnated with anti-mosquito chemicals, he said.