Donations needed for Crossover auction

Published 12:29 am Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Items are needed to help make this year’s Crossover Ministries auction a success.

The event will be held at First United Methodist Church in Opp on Sat., Aug. 18, at 6 p.m.

The ministry is collecting items such as furniture, appliances, outdoor equipment, paintings, outdoor toys and more.

Crossover will also be available to pick up items.

To schedule a pick up, call 493-1030.

Other items that will be up for auction will include, an Alabama football autographed by Coach Nick Saban, an Auburn football autographed by Coach Gene Chizik, antiques, an electric grill, electric smoker, an overnight stay at Sweet Gum Bottom bed and breakfast, meals for four at Ophelia’s and a beach weekend with accommodations.

Crossover was established in 2005 and serves those with addictions in Covington County and surrounding counties through education, work, counseling and the knowledge of Jesus Christ, that will help people rebuild their lives and their communities.

The non-profit ministry relies on donations and fundraisers such as this and the Covington County United Fund.

The eight-month, in-house recovery program, costs around $5,200 and nine months worth of groceries is estimated at $4,500.

Previously, Crossover Director Todd Sasser said the monthly budget for the ministry is around $16,000.

“I know it’s God’s ministry, but there are so many people who help,” he said. “It’s just amazing, in the seven years we’ve been in operation, we’ve never had to borrow money, and we’re reaching out to more people.”

The program, which started as a men’s recovery ministry expanded some three years ago to add a women’s ministry.

The auction will take place in FUMC’s Grace Building located across the street from the sanctuary.

Doors will open at 4 p.m. for viewing, and eating and the auction will begin at 6 p.m.

There will be a café inside serving hamburgers, hotdogs, drinks, chips, goodies and other items beginning at 5 p.m.

Parking will be available around the church and streets as well as the Opp Middle School parking lot.

There will be a shuttle service to the church.