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On Sunday, youth from across the community unite for one cause.
The Mexico Mission auction will feature both, a silent and live auction, designed to raise funds for homes to be built during spring break in Mexico.
The workers will include members from the United Church of Los Alamos, the Unitarian Church and non-church members, all who are on a mission to help their fellow man.
The students have donated their time and gift certificates for services. The items include tennis lessons, babysitting, a photo session and more.
The process wouldn’t be possible without UNCHLA member Laura Erickson and husband Randy.
“I am excited about the auction because it brings the whole community and church family together to support the mission trip,” Laura said. “It is a very tangible way for everyone to say they support the youth and adults who are going to build in Puerto Peñasco.”
The United Church of Los Alamos heads out on trip number 28 this year with an equal number of adults and youth — experienced and freshmen trip-goers.
Just prior to the auction, the team often finds out information on the families they will build for. Amor Ministries works with local Pastors of Puerto Peñasco to decide who will receive the gift.
Last year, UNCHLA Youth Pastor Keith Lewis handed over the keys to each family, with these words, “This house is a gift from God, you owe us nothing, you are family.”
The often-life-changing trip shows teens a stark reality from their Los Alamos lifestyle. Many families in this community work hard, with little in the way of luxuries. They often live in a one-room home with their entire family.
Local businesses have supported the cause for many years. Some items in the auction include donations from Village Arts, the Los Alamos Co-op Market and French cooking classes, jewelry and a $200 advertising package from KRSN AM 1490 radio.
Preview for the silent auction is from 1-2 p.m. The silent auction starts at 2 p.m. and the live auction, called by Mike Lippiatt, begins at 3 p.m. The community is welcome to attend.
The United Church is located at 2525 Canyon Road.