Online auction to benefit Afghan refugees to open on Saturday | Community News


BRATTELEBORO — Shop for a cause. The St. Michael’s Episcopal Church Tag Team is hosting an online auction to benefit the St. Michael’s Interfaith Refugee Fund, with bidding open February 19-27.

Offering goods, services, artwork and experiences to bid on, the auction will raise funds to facilitate the resettlement of Afghans in the Brattleboro area. According to organizer Liz Vick, “Many families and single adults have just arrived in Vermont and are orienting themselves while living temporarily at SIT. Eventually they will move into more permanent accommodations, but they will need a lot of ongoing support, including financial assistance, as they begin to put down roots in Brattleboro.

Soliciting area individuals and businesses, the auction promises a variety of items to bid on, from gardening help to handmade patchwork quilts; gift certificates for carpentry classes at HatchSpace at Antiques; music lessons at the Brattleboro Music Center; a pair of framed Chinese paintings on silk; haircuts and beauty products; a wonderful variety of gift certificates, among others.

According to Vick, “Partly due to the COVID pandemic, the St. Michael’s Tag Sale group has had the opportunity to explore new ways to reach out to help people in the community. Welcoming many new Afghan neighbors to the Brattleboro region is a fascinating and exciting time in the history of our region. This online auction is one way we can help, and we hope many local people will support our efforts by visiting the auction website and bidding on some of the best deals. Of the funds raised, one hundred percent will be used to support the families that St. Michael’s co-sponsors.

The Afghan Refugee Relief Project is one of three major initiatives underway at St. Michael’s this year. For more information, visit stmichaelsvermont.org.

The St. Michael’s Interfaith Refugee Auction will be online only at 32auctions.com, a third-party auction site. The auction can be viewed at: https://www.32auctions.com/StMRefugeeBenefitAuction.

The website will request that an account be created using their email address and creating a password. There is no financial obligation involved in creating an account, and it will navigate the auction site as items are posted until the auction begins. Auctions will be open from February 19 to 27. “The goal,” says Vick, “is to raise at least $2,000 for our new neighbors.”

For more information about the auction, call St. Michael’s Episcopal Church at 802-254-6048, ext. 104.

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