The Duncan Banner

December 10, 2013

Christmas Auction raises $30,000 to help local children

Rebeka Miller
The Duncan Banner

DUNCAN — Though there are some pledges still out, the annual Christmas Auction was deemed successful after raising more than $32,000 last week.

All 400 plus donation items were sold during the five-night event, which was turned over the Duncan Rotary Club this year. It was previously run by the Duncan Jaycees Club.

“All of the items sold, most of them for retail value,” said Cindy Reynolds, auction chairperson. “We’re pleased with the outcome.”

Despite a winter storm hitting the area in the middle of the week, the auction continued on and bids kept coming in. There was also not a shortage of people to help with various aspects of the event.

“I am so in awe of the people who came in to help,” Reynolds said. “It would not have happened without all of the volunteers and I am so grateful to the community for their support.”

For those who have not picked up their item(s), there will be two more pick-up days from 5:30-7 p.m. tomorrow and from 9-11 a.m. Saturday at the Jaycees Hut, 1006 N. Seventh Street.

It is always the goal of the auction to raise enough money to provide 300 Duncan children with $100 worth of clothing and shoes each. Reynolds said organizers were happy to have exceeded that goal.

“With the weather, it’s perfect timing to provide warm clothing for the kids,” she said. “Letters will be going out in the kids’ folders (today).”

These letters will inform the child and his or her parents that they are to be a part of the shopping day. This year’s shopping day will be from 9 a.m. to noon at Walmart and Payless shoes.

“We wouldn’t mind a few more volunteers for that day,” said Reynolds. “We need about four at Payless and about eight more at Walmart.”

Volunteering for the Christmas Auction shopping day means helping at the many registers reserved especially for these shoppers. Cutting tags and bagging items are the main duties, while seeing the excited grins on the children’s faces and the gratefulness of their parents are an added bonus.