Hamper fund to get boost from auction

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A peak into Sue Thomas’s clothing store on Canyon Street is all it takes to know that she and her staff love Christmas.

And, for the fourth consecutive year, Sue and Irene are spreading that love to people who could use a little hand up over the Christmas season.

Throughout the year, Sue’s Clotheslines holds little sales on things they no longer need, like packs of clothes hangers. All of the proceeds from those sales go toward the Creston Ministerial Society’s Christmas Hamper Fund.

But it is a silent auction that raises the most dollars. A great selection of donated items or packages are on display, and they can be purchased in a silent auction that runs through November 26 at 4 p.m.

“We can’t say enough in gratitude for our donors,” Thomas said last week. “People in this community are incredibly generous, and we know our bidders will be, too. Last year we raised a total of $3,000 for the fund and this year we hope to make it $4000.”

Thomas herself is one of the donors to the auction, and she also matches all funds raised from the in-store sales.

As of Tuesday, the list of items to be sold in the silent auction includes:

•Ainsworth Hot Springs. A 1 night stay valued at $200.

•Woolrich signature blanket valued at $300.

•Polar Bear print valued at $275.

•8 Black greetings cards valued at $48.

•Columbia glove and scarf set valued at $80.

•Hockey bag and accessories

•Wine & Dine in Creston, valued at $505, includes certificates for wine and a dozen different food spots.

•Excelsior drone valued at $280.

•Two decorative plates valued at $80.

Bids can be made in writing at Sue’s Clotheslines and the bids will updated nightly on the store’s Facebook page.