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'Trading Graces, ' Lutheran Services in America's auction, starts Feb. 25

Date Tue, 6 Feb 2007 14:02:42 -0600

ELCA News Blog

February 6, 2007

'Trading Graces,' Lutheran Services in America's auction, starts Feb. 25

by Melissa Ramirez Cooper, ELCA News Service

"Trading Graces" -- an online auction on eBay hosted by Lutheran Services in America (LSA) -- will open Feb. 25 and continue through March 22. Now in its second year, Trading Graces is an effort to raise awareness and funds to support Lutheran health and human service organizations across the United States and Caribbean. Forty social ministry organizations are scheduled to participate.

"We have many interesting, original items to auction this year, and we are excited about raising funds that will help make a real difference in the lives of many people," said Jill Schumann, LSA president. Items for auction include a timeshare at a resort in North Carolina, naming rights to a new kindergarten classroom at Holy Family Lutheran School in Chicago, antique dolls from 1917, original artwork and more.

LSA is an alliance of nearly 300 social ministry organizations, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. Reaching six million people annually and employing a quarter of a million staff and volunteers, social ministry organizations provide care ranging from health care to disaster response, from services for children and families to care for the elderly, from adoption to advocacy and more. eBay is a platform on the World Wide Web where millions of items are traded each day. MissionFish -- eBay's charity support division -- will provide technical support for Trading Graces.


Information about Trading Graces is at on the Web.

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John Brooks, Director (773) 380-2958 or ELCA News Blog:

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