by Morinville News Staff
For the 17th consecutive year, Coach’s Corner will open its doors for the Annual Santa Store Auction on Nov. 22. The annual fundraising event for the Midstream Support Society’s Santa Store raised more than $22,765 last year for a community program that ensures low-income families are able to provide a Christmas for their children.
Santa Auction committee member Lisa Piche said the event is an important one because every child should have something to look forward to at Christmas. “I encourage people to donate because I want to believe that we live in a community where we all help each other in times of need,” Piche said. “These are children that go to our schools and play with our kids . Some times we have to remember that it could be us in that situation. Someone gets injured or loses a job or divorcees. There are so many reasons people may find that they are short on money at Christmas. By donating we are all working together to support our community.”
Though last year was a record year for the auction, the goal this year is $25,000, monies that will provide for the Santa Store as well as the annual Christmas Dinner the society puts on in the community.
But putting on the event takes a lot of generosity from a variety of people through the downation of volunteer time to put it on, the businesses and individuals who donate the items to be auctioned, and the people who pack coach’s Corner to bid on the items.
Auction items needed
Though the opening of the Midstream Support Society’s Santa Store is still more than two weeks away, the committee’s present focus is the upcoming auction and ensuring there are plenty of items for people to bid on.
Committee teams are already making the rounds looking for auction items from businesses and the public. The sky is the limit for auction items.
Those interested in donating auction items can drop them off at Coach’s Corner on 100 Avenue or can contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Everything from hockey tickets to original artwork is welcomed.
Registrations to bid start at 5 p.m. on Nov. 22; however, people are urged to start arriving as early as 2 p.m. to get a seat.