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Nahant church auctioning items on eBay

NAHANT – Items from Nahant Village Church are showing up on eBay with the blessing of the parish.Nancy Cantelmo, coordinator of the online auction effort, said any funds raised would supplement other fundraising activities.”It is our hope that we can establish this as an ongoing method of fundraising all year round, to supplement what we earn at Holiday Fair,” she said. “We will be joining thousands of other nonprofit organizations who also raise money by selling donated items on eBay.”Parishioner Merritt Hastings said a lot of other churches have been very successful with online auctions.Cantelmo said the church is looking for individuals and businesses to donate items of value for the church to auction online.”Most everyone has a treasure hidden away and not appreciated that would be of value to our fundraising efforts,” she said.Cantelmo said donations would be locked in a secure place and be assessed by members of the Fundraising Committee, which consists of people who are experienced in eBay sales and the evaluation of items for eBay. “The article would be logged in, photographed, and placed on eBay for sale,” she said. “When it is successfully sold you would receive official notification for your tax deduction for the selling price.”Cantelmo said in order to sell items on eBay as a charitable organization, Nahant Village Church would register with MissionFish, an organization that is partnered with The Pew Charitable Trusts. More than 10,000 nonprofit organizations are already registered to use eBay for charitable fundraising through MissionFish including The First Congregational Church of Chatham, Newton Highlands Congregational Church, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church of Newburyport, and Lutheran Social Services of New England in Wellesley. Other nonprofits, including The American Red Cross, American Heart Association, American Breast Cancer Foundation, National Kidney Foundation, Heifer International, The Nature Conservancy, National Geographic Society, Oxfam America and The Humane Society, are also using the program.Cantelmo said the church is seeking donations of art, antiques, cameras designer clothing, collectibles, gift certificates and numerous other items to auction on eBay.Beginning Oct. 1, donations may be dropped off at the Nahant Village Church between 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Donors are urged to call 781-581-1202 to make sure either Rev. Larry Titus or Administrative Assistant Judie Zissulis are there to accept the donation. Other arrangements can be made to pick up/drop off donations and other times to donate may be arranged by calling Rev. Titus at the church or Nancy Cantelmo at 781-599-3977.Any individual, who has a PayPal account, and would like to make a cash donation to the church could do so by sending funds through PayPal to donations@nahantvillagechurch.org. Sellers, who are already registered on eBay, can also request a portion of the proceeds from their online auctions be donated to the Nahant Village Church.”Mission Fish will track your sales and send the donation to the church,” she said.

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