TIFTON — If good things come in small packages, then really good things come in playhouses.

This year’s Houses of Hope playhouse raffle fundraiser will benefit Tiftarea House of Hope, a shelter for women and children that is completely dependent on donations, volunteers and fundraisers, according to board director Martine Hill.

The playhouse fundraiser is one of the ways they raise funds to keep the shelter open.

“All the proceeds go to Tiftarea House of Hope,” Hill said.

Hill said they have a goal of $15,000, which will go towards supporting the ladies at the shelter while they look for work, get job training and find a place to live. It will also help pay the house managers who provide everything from transportation to mentoring for the shelter tenants.

 “None of the proceeds of the fundraiser go towards administrative expenses,” Hill said.

This year there are four houses up for grabs.

The houses were created or donated by the Tifton Fire Department, Northside Baptist Church’s men’s ministry, Dane and Todd Green and Powerhouse.

Tickets are $10 each and may be purchased until the time of the drawing on Dec. 14.

“We’re really blessed this year to be selling tickets at the mall on Black Friday,” Hill said. They are also going to be selling tickets in the evenings at the mall through Dec. 14.

She said they are accepting credit cards and that people can also purchase tickets online at the organization’s website, www.tiftareahouseofhope.org.

“We’re hoping these added features will help us sell more tickets,” Hill said. “It’s more convenient and they can support us in an easier way.”

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