Auction changes hearts and lives of those in need


Lizzie Miller

Rachael Morrison, Skyla Billings and Kayla Morrison are all smiles as they show their thanks to Jaycees.

Hearing things like: “I got a dress” and “what coat am I going to wear?” from deprived children brings groups of volunteers together every year for the Jaycees Annual Christmas Auction.

On Dec. 2, the 56th Christmas auction got underway with a goal of $30,000, with people working in shifts, from 6:30 until 10:30 p.m. and sometimes later for five days. JCs of Duncan raised over $40,000.

“The last two years we’ve passed the goal,” Bill Billingsley, volunteer of 21 years, said.

The money is used to help provide clothes for children in poverty in Duncan.

With the auction televised on channel 10, people can call in to JCs and place a bid for the product of their choice.

“It shows how Duncan is,” Billingsley said. “Other communities can’t do that.”

Cindy Reynolds, volunteer, agrees.

“It’s a Duncan tradition,” Reynolds said.

The tradition was originally broadcasted on the radio. When a bid won, the product was delivered to the bidder’s house. The first year, the JCs were able to clothe around 20 kids.

This year, the auction provided enough funding to provide clothes for almost 350 children, including three of Tasha Morrison’s children.

“This made their Christmas,” Morrison said. “Their little toothless smiles are worth it.”

Because of a shortage of members, JCs are no longer able to host the Christmas auction alone. The Rotary Club has taken over in order to keep the tradition going.

Many current volunteers remember participating in the auction tradition as children.

“I remember growing up bidding,” Tara Harper, who is also a volunteer, said.

Harper, among others, looks forward to helping out every year.

“It’s one of my favorite events of the year,” Harper said.

According to Billingsley, seeing the kids actually get the clothes is the best part of the auction.

“It’s like Christmas morning,” Billingsley said. “It’s the reward [for working].”

Morrison can attest to that.

“They didn’t sleep they were so excited,” Morrison said.

Although it takes many volunteers, JCs and Rotary didn’t have to look hard. They had many volunteers from Duncan High School

“We couldn’t have done it without the high school kids,” Reynolds said.

With this year coming to an end, Duncan citizens young and old have an opportunity to give something back to their community by doing good for other people whether it be through donating, cutting tags on shopping day or even answering the phones, all thanks to the JCs members of 1957 that started this helpful Duncan tradition.