The Duncan Banner

November 29, 2013

A time for giving

Duncan Rotary Club heads up annual Christmas auction

Rebeka Miller
The Duncan Banner

DUNCAN — More than 400 donation items have been collected for this year’s Christmas Auction, which begins Monday.

Bids will be taken for various items from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. each night Monday through Dec. 6 and live viewing can be watched on Duncan Channel 10 or at duncanauction.org. Previously ran by the Duncan Jaycees Club for several years, the project has been turned over to the Duncan Rotary Club this year.

“The auction has such a good reputation,” said Cindy Reynolds, auction chairperson. “People just want to give. We still have items coming in.”

A full list of items will be in the Sunday edition of The Duncan Banner, however, with donations coming in later there will be a few not on the list. This year, a few items are a dinner prepared for eight, a one-of-a-kind birdhouse and a custom-made T-shirt quilt.

For the electronic lovers in the community, there will also be an X Box 1, a Kindle Fire HD X and a large flatscreen television. Bids will be taken by calling 580-255-3733 and items can be picked up at the Jaycees Hut, 1006 N. 7th Street.

“People truly want to help,” Reynolds said. “The support from the community is so refreshing.”

There is still a need for volunteers to help each night of the auction, particularly the later hours. There are several ways to help such as answering phones, working the bid board, running cameras, presenting auction items for the viewers and working the pick up window.

“People have been very eager to help with the auction,” she said. “It’s really the community’s auction.”

New to this year’s auction flow will be entertainment of various kinds about mid-way throughout the night. These are sights the public won’t want to miss, so it’s best to tune in each night to check out what bit of talent and/or humor community residents have to offer, as well as what items are up for bid.

“We’re ready for people to start calling in, bidding and donating money,” Reynolds said.

New banners were made for this year’s auction, complete with a new design courtesy of Michael Harris and a slogan of “lend a helping hand for our children.” Proceeds from the auction go to provide clothing and shoes for children in need from Duncan. Each child is given $100 and it is always the goal to clothe at least 300 kids.

Shopping day this year is from 9 a.m. to noon Dec. 14 at Walmart and Payless Shoes. Volunteers are also needed for this day to work along the check-out lines cutting off tags and bagging items.