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Rain ends Neighbors event early

Whether it was a busy weekend or the threat of rain, not many neighbors showed up at the Neighbors Helping Neighbors fair on the square in downtown Troy on Saturday.

The event was organized to raise money and food for the Salvation Army and the Christian Mission. Shelia Whitehead, who organized the event, said the Salvation Army and the Christian Mission don't have enough to service all the people who ask for help. She said the two stores need non-perishable items such as food, diapers, detergents and other household items. Whitehead hoped that the Neighbors event would help solve that problem.

But her parade was rained on, literally. The dark clouds and smell of rain caused the event to end early. Before the sky turned gray, though, a gospel band performed and local artist Janeann Anderson sketched pastel portraits for people who stopped by.

"We're going to reschedule it in a month or so," said Whitehead. "We'll have food and gospel music and we'll just auction off everything we have left."

Several items, including many computers, were donated for the event to be sold at garage sale prices. Next month, the left over merchandise will be auctioned.

"We'll have gospel music for about 30 minutes then auction some items and then listen to the music again," she said. "We'll just go back and forth like that until we sell everything."

Whitehead said she was disappointed with the turnout, but she believes everything happens for a reason.

"The next time we do this, it will just be better," she said.