CRYSTAL CITY, Mo. – Early bird Christmas shoppers have come to expect great deals while helping a good cause during the annual silent auction to benefit needy patients at Mercy Hospital Jefferson.
Auction proceeds benefit the Chaplains’ Fund, which is managed by the hospital’s Pastoral Advisory Committee and provides assistance to patients who cannot afford medical needs such as prescription drugs or medical equipment.
The auction is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 6, and Friday, Nov. 7, in the hospital Conference Center. The event is open to the public and admission is free. Among the donated items available at the auction in the past are event tickets, sports memorabilia, quilts, crafts, theme gift baskets, gift certificates, etc.
“We have hundreds of items to bid on each year,” said Chaplain Dennis Heck, pastoral services manager. “There is always a great variety and that makes it a great place to do some holiday shopping. To make it a successful fund-raiser again, we need the assistance and generosity of people in the community. They can help by donating items and attending the auction.”
In 2013 the Chaplains’ Fund assisted 238 individuals spending more than $11,400 to purchase prescription medications and provide emergency transportations to patients at discharge.
“Now in its 15th year, the silent auction is another way that Mercy reaches out in service to those most in need in our community,” Heck said. “Together we can make this the best auction ever.”
The silent auction opens at 7 a.m on Nov. 6 and ends with final bids at 1 p.m. on Nov. 7. To donate items, or for more information, call Dennis Heck at 636-933-1325.