News 12 This Morning / Thursday, June 14, 2012
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Key lime and strawberry pies and chocolate layered cakes are desserts that will all be a part of the spread at the eighth annual dessert auction for the Lydia Project.
This week the loving and caring hands of volunteers with the Lydia Project are busy cutting, shredding and piecing together material that will become handmade totes. Volunteers hope more of them will fly off the rack as more awareness is raised through the dessert auction.
Jerry Renbarger, a volunteer for the project, said, " When you are diagnosed with cancer, it's a devastating day. It's a moment and time when your life changes."
Renbarger has a relative coping with cancer. It's a situation that has encouraged him to volunteer.
"We want every woman diagnosed with cancer not to be alone," he added.
Michele Canchola, the executive director of the Lydia Project, explained, "We have countless calls from women who are just wanting help to deal with this brand new world."
With the money raised from auctioning off baskets donated by local businesses and decadent desserts you can bite right into, Lydia Project hopes to help women coping with cancer through financial and emotional support.
"So overwhelming," Canchola said. "It brings isolation, loneliness and depression."
The outreach goes as far as helping women battling cancer pay their bills when the rent is due and they are strapped for cash.
"We get a diagnosis today and all of a sudden tomorrow we're in a machine being scanned," Canchola said.
To keep the project going, they need your support through donations. That's why they've stocked their offices with gift baskets worth hundreds of dollars. The gifts are all up for grabs for a good cause.
"A ton of stuff," Canchola said. "Just in time for Father's Day or just something for yourself."
The dessert and silent auction promises a good time as well as a full stomach.
News 12's Richard Rogers will emcee the event. It starts Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the historic Richmond on the Greene. For more information on the Lydia Project, click here or call (706) 736-5467.