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Several new ideas for the annual Christmas Auction were discussed during a planning meeting for volunteers Monday evening.
Previously run by the Duncan Jaycees, this year the Duncan Rotary Club is stepping into the sponsor role. The Christmas Auction will be 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. each night Dec. 2 through Dec. 6.
Live viewing for the auction can be seen on Duncan Channel 10 or at duncanauction.com.
About 15 volunteers attended the meeting, where Cindy Reynolds, auction chairperson, led them through what needs to be done in preparation for the auction and ideas to jazz it up. Right now, donations are being collected from local businesses.
“We have several things coming in,” said Reynolds. “We want to get some trips and dinners in there.”
Many volunteers have picked up packets, which include lists of businesses in one area or another in town. The volunteers go by each entity to see if they have anything they would like to donate. Packets are still available.
Deadline to have all donations turned in is Nov. 18 so there is time to input items into the computer and compile a master list.
Reynolds is also looking for volunteers to help each night of the auction. 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.
“Anyone can be a volunteer,” Reynolds said.
Duncan High School students interested in volunteering are welcome to do so. Sign up sheets can be found with Amanda Smith in Room 203.
New twists to the live auction Reynolds and others have come up with are adding a bit of a show in the middle of the auction each night. Something to keep the audience tuned in all throughout the week.
“It would add energy in the middle of the show,” she said.
Organizers are also considering company hours, during which if employees from a certain company bid on an item, their employer would match the bid.
Proceeds from the auction go to clothing 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.
“We also need help with shopping day, which is the most rewarding day,” said Reynolds. “The kids come through the line with these looks on their faces and parents take your hand; it all hits home.”
Those wanting to volunteer or donate items can visit Reynolds at Bank of Commerce or items can be left with any Duncan Rotarian.