28th annual Christmas Fantasia auction ready for December 4th

BEDFORD – After a one year hiatus due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, The Lawrence InterFaith Endeavor Christmas Fantasia auction is set to begin on Saturday, December 4th at 10 a.m. at the Lawrence County Fairgrounds expo center.

Last years fundraising event was cancelled due to issues with the pandemic, but Donnie Hall with Lawrence InterFaith Endeavor says this years event will allow for a safe and socially distant experience.

Tree from Bedford Middle School FACS

“We’re anticipating a smaller event this year, unlike what we have had in the past. Normally we have well over 100 items, but in order to space everything out and help people maintain distance from one-another, we are setting up for around 80 items,” said Hall.

After raising $32,000 in 2019 and missing out in 2020, L.I.F.E. is looking to continue to aid the Lawrence County community.

From left to right Anna East, Yolanda Roe, Pat Sluder during the 2019 auction

“This is the only fundraiser we do during the year, so it is important to keep individuals as safe as we can, in a COVID society,” Hall said. “This event helps to fund our endeavors further, it is important to us to still have this event go on so that we can get the funding we need to keep doing our best.”

Tree by UAW Community Service Committee

This will be the 28th annual Fantasia event for L.I.F.E. which brings in $25,000 to $30,000 each year that goes directly toward the operation of their food pantry, rent or mortgage assistance and utility assistance.

Sponsors of this years event includes:

  • Bedford Federal Savings Bank
  • Day & Carter Mortuary
  • Evans Limestone
  • Whitney Tool
  • Root’s RV
  • Thomas Insurance Services
  • Dr. Jim Sowders and Dr. Andrea Rope

You can help by raising much-needed funds by donating a decorated tree or other items. Applications to donate an item can be found online at www.lifeindiana.org.

LIFE is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization that was started in 1987.  It is a cooperative ministry supported by more than 40 churches throughout Lawrence County.  LIFE provides emergency food assistance every 30 days and emergency rent or mortgage/utility assistance. In addition, L.I.F.E. sponsors “Life Blessings” in which each student is given a bag of nutritional food on Fridays to take home to help with food insecurity. The pantry delivers more than 12,000 items each month to families in need.