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United Church hosts two auctions Sunday, to raise money for the annual Mexico Mission

By Bernadette Lauritzen

The time has come to secure bids for the big spring break build at the United Church. On Sunday, volunteers will ready the bid sheets and haul in the auction items for the annual Mexico Mission building project.
The big ticket items for 2011 include; a 2001 Chrysler Town and Country minivan, a pop up camper, a piano, original oil paintings from Betty Nance Smith, furniture, jewelry, televisions, toys, games and more.
Gift certificates are available for a variety of services including haircuts, yard work services, restaurant and other food items, to private tours and in home musical concerts.
The items are split between two  separate auctions. The first, a silent auction with a live auction preview begins at 2 p.m., in Graves Hall of the United Church. Hundreds of items will be available for small donations all done on bid sheets throughout the great room.
Once the silent auction closes, the live auction kicks off under the gavel of Michael Lippiatt. The live auction continues until the last item is sold and the most exciting items are spread out through the event.
Laura and Randy Erickson are the trip and auction coordinators and have both projects down to a science. “Is so impressive to see the outpouring of support from the community — businesses, individuals and the campers — who donate items, set up the auction and then come out to buy all those items,” Laura Erickson said.
Last weekend found many area teens collecting donations from business and community members and getting items logged, tagged and cataloged for the big day.
The students work in a variety of ways to prepare for the trip.
“I really appreciate getting to know the youth who go on this trip. They are such interesting, capable people. It’s fun to get to know their dreams, and to watch them accomplish something that makes such a difference for the Mexican families,” Laura Erickson said.
Local youth Corbin Pfeffer will go on his fourth trip for spring break. As the future Los Alamos High School senior prepares for the trip, is also working on his audition for the Santa Fe University Art and Design school.
He enjoys helping give families a place to live and is most surprised by the poverty of the build area. “And people are still hopeful,” Pfeffer said.
The spring break venture is no easy vacation for the adults and the youth on the build team. These students give up plenty to offer a new life for their fellow man. During a one-week period the members transform the life of their new friends, many of who make meager earnings, from shack to home.
The United Church of Los Alamos is located at 2525 Canyon Road.