our home bowls


Family Fun Basket donated by Cooper Farms Processing is one of the many great items that will be up for bid in Our Home Family Resource Center’s Online Auction. Pictured: Michelle Dues (R), Cooper Farms Processing, delivered a donation for Empty Bowls Mercer County 2020 Campaign to Deb Simon-Heinfeld at Our Home.

CELINA – Our Home Family Resource Center launched the Empty Bowls Mercer County 2020 Campaign in Mid-December with a goal to raise $27,500 never imagining the challenges that they are now facing.

In keeping with Ohio Governor DeWine’s directive to curtail the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the dinner portion of Empty Bowls Mercer County had been cancelled, and the loss of dinner ticket sales, raffle proceeds, and income from the auction puts the organization’s ability to meet this year’s goal in jeopardy.

In response, Our Home is hard at work transitioning the Empty Bowls Auction to an online format. The online auction will be open to the general public and will feature donations from local and regional theme parks, zoos, cultural and sporting events, plus gift cards and certificates from local restaurants and boutiques.

The online auction will take place on Our Home’s Facebook Page www.facebook.com/OURHomeFRC/ April 4th through April 20th. There will be five (5) items offered per day for 15 consecutive days. Each item will be featured in an individual post which will include a picture and full description of the item. Bidders will have 48 hours to place the winning bid.

The funds raised from this event, according to Our Home’s marketing/development coordinator, Deb Simon-Heinfeld, are vital to the services Our Home provides for Mercer County residents. “We generally say that each “empty bowl” at the dinner represents a different situation faced by the people our programs serve,” Simon-Heinfeld informed.

“And the fact is,” she continued, “even without the dinner, these situations are present and need to be met. That’s why the success of this online auction will be vital. It will directly affect local efforts to respond to many kinds of crisis situations and to continue ‘filling Mercer County’s Empty Bowls.’”

Our Home Family Resource Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization located at 117 W. Fayette Street in Celina. The organization’s work is possible with resources provided through monetary and in-kind donations from private individuals, groups, and corporations and money awarded through grants. Learn more at www.ourhomefrc.com