My Neighbor And Me sells fair trade products from Gambia, Guatemala, and Peru, as
well as products from the local community.
A few months ago, a FISH of Clarke County volunteer came into the shop asking for help with a donation that had arrived at the clothing bank in Berryville. She pulled a large textile out of a trash bag and we began to unfold the piece. It was a handcrafted full-size Indian quilted bedcover. I found an appraiser to come to view the piece to tell us its worth and maybe some of its history. I decided to use a front wall in the shop as a showcase wall for the quilted bedcover and run a silent auction to raise funds for FISH, since that was the original intention of the giver.
At the conclusion of the auction, the winner shared that they would like the quilted bedcover to be re-donated to the Mennonite Central Committee for a Relief Sale Auction in support of world disaster relief. This generous giver was being a blessing twice! The bedcover was donated to the committee in charge of the auction and posted on the website-
It will be re-auctioned for another great non-profit the first weekend of October in Harrisonburg VA. Stay tuned for the auction results…