Brethren Disaster Relief Auction
In 1977, the Brethren Disaster Relief Auction began. There has been a steady growth in the decades to follow. Having become a tradition, there are many adults who eagerly anticipate going to the auction. Brethren congregations offer a wide selection of items, from produce, livestock, rare coins and handicrafts. It is not uncommon to find a vintage car or other collectible made available to some lucky buyer
The Golden Needles sewing group in the Lititz Church each year take pride displaying their handiwork's for sale. One of the highlights of the sale each year is the quilt auction.
Every 4th weekend of September, members of the Church of the Brethren gather at the Lebanon County Fairgrounds for a three day effort to raise money for victims of natural and man-made disasters. This event is supported by the Atlantic Northeast & Southern Pennsylvania Districts representing more than 130 Church of the Brethren congregations.
Brethren Disaster Ministries engages a network of volunteers to repair or rebuild damaged homes for disaster survivors who lack sufficient resources to hire a contractor or other paid labor. BDM’s goal is to ease the trauma and foster recovery in disaster-stricken communities.
Children’s Disaster Services meets the needs of children impacted by disaster by setting up temporary child care centers and using therapeutic activities and toys that stimulate imaginative play. Specially trained and certified volunteers provide a calm, safe and reassuring presence for children, as well as individualized consultation for parents about their child’s unique emotional needs.
Church of the Brethren Disaster Ministries also restores hope for the most vulnerable disaster survivors by supporting a coordinated disaster relief effort. mostly through faith-based international partners, wherever disaster strikes. Learn more