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Man to sell ornament collection for his church

November 14, 2013
Associated Press

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 ( 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,



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