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Mid-Atlantic Disaster Response Auction set for Saturday, May 5, at Ag Center

John and Jeanne Laudermilch donated this quilt to the Mid-Atlantic District Disaster Response Auction, to be held Saturday, May 5. The applique of daffodils was done by Dorothy John Pilson. Quilting was done by the women of Pipe Creek Church of the Brethren.
John and Jeanne Laudermilch donated this quilt to the Mid-Atlantic District Disaster Response Auction, to be held Saturday, May 5. The applique of daffodils was done by Dorothy John Pilson. Quilting was done by the women of Pipe Creek Church of the Brethren. (Courtesy photo)

The 38th annual Mid-Atlantic District Disaster Response Auction will be held on Saturday, May 5, at the Carroll County Agricultural Center. This regional event has raised more than $1.8 million since 1981 for disaster relief efforts.

The auction, sponsored by Church of the Brethren Mid-Atlantic District, begins at 9 a.m., rain or shine, and is billed as featuring handmade quilts, comforters, handmade crafts, art, flowers, houseplants, garden seedlings, trees, shrubs, glassware, furniture, tools, small appliances, collectibles and more.

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The schedule calls for the tool auction to begin at 9 a.m., followed by general items and special items auctions.

The quilt auction is scheduled for noon. It lists some 80 items up for bid, from smallish wall hangings to baby quilts to comforters to a dozen huge quilts larger than 80-by-100 inches.

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Volunteer Marcia Leiter has been preparing for the Mid-Atlantic Disaster Response Auction for weeks by digging up her woodland flowers and potting them for the

John and Jeanne Laudermilch donated one of the featured quilts, which they had purchased at the estate sale of Dorothy John Pilson, a longtime teller at New Windsor Bank. The applique of daffodils in shades of yellow and gold with green foliage was done by Pilson. Quilting was done by the women of the Pipe Creek Church of the Brethren.

Food service begins at 7 a.m. with breakfast served until 9:30 a.m., food booths opening at 10 a.m. and lunch beginning at 10:30 a.m. Child care is provided from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Brethren Disaster Ministries and Children's Disaster Services were busy in 2017, with hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria among a record 16 disaster responses, according to a letter to the Church of the Brethren Mid-Atlantic District by BDM Associate Executive Director Roy Winter.

He went on to write that 2,527 children were cared for in the aftermath of tornadoes, hurricanes, wildfires, flash floods and a dam breach, as well as the train disaster in Washington state and the mass shooting in Las Vegas.

Globally, BDM undertook the largest operation in its history, the Nigeria crisis response, which continues to support Ekklesiyar Yan'uwa a Nigeria (Church of the Brethren in Nigeria) in response to ongoing violence.

Project expenses totaled more than $1 million in 2017.



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