Those with a giving spirit but who lack the time (or the creativity) to make a gingerbread house from scratch may want to check out those available through a silent auction at a downtown bakery.
Miss Angel’s Heavenly Pies, at 153 N. Main St., is sponsoring a “House for a House” gingerbread house auction to support The Shepherd’s House.
On Tuesday, the board of directors of the Mount Airy homeless shelter gathered at Miss Angel’s to build a variety of gingerbread homes.
The houses, each built according to a different theme, can be viewed and bid upon at the bakery until next Sunday.
Angela Shur, owner of the establishment, donated the baking and decorating ingredients for the project as well as the space for the auction.
“The shelter gives so much back to those less fortunate, not just to those in their house, but others outside their organization,” she said, noting how thankful she is that in this community folks have the resources to support the homeless.
The Shepherd’s House was established in 2003 to begin offering temporary emergency shelter and resources to individuals and families in Surry County that had nowhere else to live.
The shelter leases a four-bedroom house from Haymore Baptist Church to provide shelter to about 18 people at a time.
In 2003, the shelter served 42 clients. This year, the shelter served 192 just through September.
Executive Director Mary Boyles described the mission of the shelter as creating lasting solutions to end homelessness by providing caring support, education and innovative programs designed to empower families to achieve self-sufficiency.
The organization works with other community businesses and agencies to fulfill that vision, and Shur frequently partners with the shelter.
“I am always amazed at how Angela gives back to the community, not just to her organization but so many others,” Boyles said. “We are thankful we have a community united to help those in need, not just around the holiday.”
For more information on the gingerbread house event and the silent auction, call Angela Shur at 516-317-6338. For more information on The Shepherd’s House, contact Mary Boyles at firstname.lastname@example.org or www.shepherdshousema.org.
Reach Terri Flagg at 415-4734.