Frankford auction to benefit various hurricane victims

Date Published: 
Oct. 27, 2017

This weekend, when some people buy new furniture, they’ll know that 100 percent of the cost helped hurricane victims across the U.S.

The Father’s House church in Frankford will host an auction fundraiser to help hurricane recovery efforts in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico. They were battered by hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, all within one month this summer.

“We’re a little tiny town with a tiny church, but that don’t mean something big can’t be done. We’re just hoping that people get behind this,” said organizer the Rev. Mike Vaughan.

Auctions will be hosted on Thursday and Friday, Oct. 26 and 27, at the banquet hall of Frankford fire hall. Doors open at 5 p.m., and auctions begin at 6 p.m., both nights.

People and businesses have donated a variety of goods for live and silent auction, including gift certificates, services, new and used furniture, antiques, glassware and other gifts.

A preview night was scheduled for Wednesday night beforehand.

All the money will be donated to the Church of God in Cleveland, Tenn., and the Full Gospel Fellowship, headquartered in Irving, Texas.

“Both of these groups will get the funds directly to the most needed areas. They just stay on top of it,” Vaughn said. “We didn’t want to send it to just anybody, but I’m very familiar [with these organizations]. Long after the media finds something else to be the hot topic, they will continue to reach out to [victims] for years after… They’re going to be there for the long haul. And know that 100 percent of it will get directly to the victims.”

The fundraiser idea came from a local antiques dealer, Vaughn said.

“There’s a lot of people hurting in Texas and Florida and over in Puerto Rico,” Vaughn said. “So I happened to walk into a shop down here in Frankford. … [The owner] was all distraught over what was going on, and I said, ‘We oughta do something.’ He said, ‘We oughta have an auction.’”

It’s not a stretch to imagine Delaware suffering from a brutal coastal storm.

“The community’s coming behind it,” Vaughn said. “It doesn’t take but one high tide and storm to flood the streets of Bethany, and people can empathize in a moderate way what these people are going through … it could take one nor’easter to come through and wipe us out for three weeks.”

He hopes other people across the U.S. would try to help if Delaware faced such hardship.

“At times like these, so many people reach out to the Church,” Vaughn said.

Frankford fire hall is located at 7 Main Street.

People can bring additional cash for dinner each night. On Thursday, the church will sell hotdogs and sodas. On Friday, Frankford Volunteer Fire Company hosts its weekly carryout specials of oyster sandwiches, burgers, hotdogs, sausages and fries.