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December 5, 2013

Two nights left to bid on Christmas Auction items

DUNCAN — If you haven’t viewed the Christmas Auction yet this year, there are only two more nights to check out the many items up for bid.

Bids will be taken for various items from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. tonight and tomorrow and live viewing can be watched on Duncan Channel 10 or at duncanauction.org. Though several items have been sold, there are still plenty to catch your eye.

“It’s been going great,” said Cindy Reynolds, auction chairperson. “We’ve had lots of people calling in and bidding, and lots of viewers.”

Previously run by the Duncan Jaycees Club for several years, the project has been turned over to the Duncan Rotary Club this year.

During the first two nights of the auction, Monday and Tuesday, mostly smaller items and gift certificates had been sold. It was the organizer’s hope to get started selling larger items to lead into tonight and tomorrow’s bid times.

“We’re about where we should be,” Reynolds said Wednesday. “Tonight (Wednesday), we hope to surpass the halfway point.”

Despite the likely event of extreme winter weather today through tomorrow, Reynolds said “the show must go on.” In fact it may even help the cause.

“I think the weather might help because people will stay in, sit around the fireplace and watch,” she said. “Several people who live close by said they can be there (to volunteer).”

This kind of volunteerism is the norm when it comes to the Christmas Auction. When organizers have had a few empty spots for being on TV or answering the phones, they’ve only had to make a few calls and have people come in to help. One group has especially stood out.

“The kids from the high school have been wonderful,” said Reynolds. “I couldn’t do it without them.”

Reynolds said people have called in to bid retail value for gift certificates, which they found listed in the auction item list. This list is again in today’s issue of The Duncan Banner on page 8.

“We’ve had a lot of people do their Christmas shopping, which is great because we have toys, clothes and gift certificates,” she said. “They look at the ad in the paper and call in to give retail. If they do that, it’s theirs.”

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.

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