The Mizpah Shrine spends about $70,000 to $100,000-plus each year to take children and their families for free to Shriners Hospitals for Children in Chicago and Cleveland. The Shriners make 17 trips a month to Chicago alone, Ryan said. The nationwide network of Shriners hospitals treat children with neuromusculoskeletal conditions, burn injuries and other special healthcare needs regardless of their families' abilities to pay.
"We have to sell 25 bags (of onions) to pay for one trip to Chicago," Hartman said.
The Shriners had 4,000 bags, or 40,000 pounds of onions, in this year's sale, he said. The sale represents 20 to 25 percent of the transportation budget.
They expect to sell out of onions Tuesday.
Onion saleWhat: Vidalia onions for sale, a fundraiser of the Mizpah Shrine Center.
When: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday and 8 a.m.- until they're gone Tuesday.
Where: Parking lot at Main and Ewing streets.