SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — A longtime Christmas ornament collector whose collection dates back to 1860 will sell the ornaments as a way to return a favor to his church.
The Sarasota Herald-Tribune (http://bit.ly/17udJWA) reports that Michael Nitzsche will begin selling the collection Thursday. All proceeds will go toward the First Congregational United Church of Christ.
Nitzsche was diagnosed with Stage 4 prostate cancer and the church congregation helped pay for his medical bills because he is uninsured.
As a way to pay the congregation back for its kindness, Nitzsche will sell 65,000 ornaments. Now 64 years old, he began collecting ornaments when he was three.
The three-day sale has drawn interest from collectors as far away as Europe.
Information from: Sarasota (Fla.) Herald-Tribune, http://www.heraldtribune.com