ADRIAN — Share the Warmth is hoping an online auction can raise as much money as its annual dinner auction.
The dinner auction, originally scheduled for April 24, was canceled due to the coronavirus. The event is the shelter's largest and most significant fundraiser of the year. The goal for this year's event was $60,000 — funds that are critical to Share the Warmth's operation.
However, the shelter is still offering ways for people to help the shelter reach its goal and the community's most vulnerable.
• Donating the $50 ticket price of the dinner auction
• Donating the cost of a table at the annual dinner auction, prices range from $250 to $1,250
• Sponsor a bed at the shelter. $1,000 covers a full year, $500 covers six months, $250 for three months and $100 for a month.
• Participating in Share the Warmth's online auction
The online auction began Saturday. Items up for bid include a Detroit Tigers Home Plate Suite for a game, Devils Lake Yacht Club annual membership, private in-home dinner prepared by chef Corbett Day and a Northern Michigan vacation rental.
Visit sharethewarmthoflenawee.org to participate. The auctions runs through May 6.
President of Share the Warmth Helen Henricks said via email they've already received a strong response community as the shelter was halfway to its fundraising goal as of Thursday.
Share the Warmth began operating as a 24-hour, 7-day a week shelter on March 16 due to shelter-in-place orders. Guests cannot leave and return. Henricks said some have found permanent housing during the trying time while others have went to live with friends or family.
About half of the shelter's volunteers had to quit temporarily because of their age, health issues or because they were caring for someone. Henricks said the remaining volunteers have stepped up to cover the extra hours.
Their guests have too.
"The guests have really taken ownership of the shelter during this crisis," Henricks said in an email. "They sanitize the place two times a day, do all the daily chores and small maintenance jobs as well as serving the meals."
Share the Warmth has also been on the receiving end of donations from the Salvation Army, the Daily Bread of Lenawee, Panera and the South Michigan Food Bank as well as local churches, service organizations, businesses and individuals.
Donations can be made online or sent to P.O. Box 726, Adrian, Michigan 49221.