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December 3, 2012

More than 350 kids will be clothed thanks to auction

DUNCAN — More children may benefit from this year’s Jaycees/Rotary Auction.

The auction, which celebrated 55 years, raised more than $35,000 to clothe children in the Duncan area. Items are still being picked up and paid for, which will have a impact on the total money to be used for the cause.

“That’s $5,000 more than what is traditionally raised,” Haylee Root, auction chairwoman, said. “Once everyone picks up the remaining items, we’re hoping to have $1,000 or more.”

For every $100, clothing can be purchase for a child. While a minimal about of money will go toward operating expenses, Root said more children will be helped this year. In recent years, the organization has purchased clothes for about 300 children.

The Duncan Jaycees will help purchase children’s clothing from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Wal-Mart and Payless Shoes. The families who will participate in the clothes shopping will be notified in advance.

The auction, which has been an annual tradition for the Jaycees, received a boost this year from the Duncan Rotary Club. The Jaycees requested help from the club because a decline of membership and participation.

Root said a lack of volunteers didn’t seem to be a situation this year as Jaycees members, Rotary members, high school volunteers, Leadership Duncan members and various other individuals pitched in to help out.

“It was very good for both the volunteer side and the community side,” Root said. “None of us felt stretched too thin.”

She said communities generosity helped to make this a successful year.

From donating items to purchasing those items, Root said the community’s involvement in the auction shows how important the auction is to the community.

In the last night, the volunteers had 220 items remaining, which was more than any other night of the week. By midnight, every item sold.

By 11 a.m. Saturday, the majority of the items had been picked up and paid for.

Jay Head at First Bank and Trust Co. has the remaining items still needing to be picked up. Head can be contacted by calling the Main Street number, 580-255-1810.

Root said a lot of items sold for the actual retail price or greater.

“We had several generous cash donations,” Root said. “They probably attributed to why this year raised more money.”

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