Items are being collected for a benefit auction on Saturday, July 27 for the Rainbow Center Division of Barium Springs at Overcash Auction Gallery, located at 1524 West D Street, North Wilkesboro.
“This is a public auction and people are invited to the benefit auction to get a good deal for a good deed,” said Teresa Overcash, co-owner of Overcash Auction Services.
The benefit auction will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 27 and 100 percent of the proceeds will go to the Rainbow Center Division of Barium Springs to reimburse them for recent adoptions that were not funded by the state.
“The Barium Springs state adoption contract has been cut by 61 percent,” said April Nichols, regional development manager of Barium Springs. “This left over half of our adoptions already in progress, unfunded.”
All of the adoptions since December will not be reimbursed by the state. Depending on age and circumstances of the child, adoption fees cost anywhere between $7,200 and $12,000. The Rainbow Center of Barium Springs pays the cost for adoptions.
These fees cover legal fees, home assessments, home visits, background checks and training.
There are 14 children who have gone or will go through the adoption process this year. After billing the state for a number of months, the Rainbow Center Division of Barium Springs was notified that they will not be reimbursed for these adoptions. The state will only reimburse six out of the 14 adoptions the center had in process.
“One important mission at Barium Springs is to find “forever families” for the children in our care. It’s rare, but it happens and is one of those miracles you don’t get to see often especially for older children,” said Mrs. Nichols.
Gently used furniture, antiques, bicycles, collectibles or any free service such as free spa day, free haircut, free gym membership or free lessons of any kind, are sought by organizers. Also new items or cash donations will be accepted.
Overcash Auction Services will pick up and deliver any items that individuals are unable to transport themselves. Anyone who has furniture or bikes or anything heavy to lift or transport can call Kirk Overcash.
For more information call Kirk Overcash at 336-262-3760 or Mrs. Nichols at 336-667-3333. For more information about Barium Springs go to bariumsprings.org.
The Rainbow Center is located at Courthouse Drive, Wilkesboro and residential care cottages are in North Wilkesboro.
Barium Springs provides an array of services for children, families and individuals throughout North Carolina. Their three main objectives are to provide a safe home through group homes, therapeutic foster care and adoption programs; heal the hurt for individuals who are troubled, abused or neglected and encourage a “healthy start” through educational, prevention and developmental programs.
For more information about Barium Springs, go to bariumsprings.org or call 667-3333.