JONESVILLE — The giving nature of those who attend a local auction will help provide Christmas gifts for patients at the Shriners Hospital for Children this Christmas.
John and Teresa Young announced last year they would accept toy donations to be given to the Shriners Hospital for Children for Christmas. Over 500 different toys were collected and distributed to children in the hospital. The Youngs decided to collect donations again this year and were amazed when the amount of donations was more than triple last year’s amount.
“This is not us, it’s the people who sit out here,” John pointed out, acknowledging the seats at the auction.
Jonesville Auction began accepting donations in January, and continued to do so each weekend. Those who attended the auctions bought items and then donated them to be put in the “Shriner box.”
John and Teresa began sorting the items on Monday and loaded them onto a truck on Tuesday. The items will be taken to the Shriners Hospital for Children today. Donated toys include cars, trucks, helicopters, action figures, pillow pets, dream lights, swords, board games, books and much more. All donated items are sent to the hospital. Some toys such as stuffed animals that the hospital can’t accept — due to conditions such as allergies or asthma — are donated to other children by the Shriners. In addition to toys, items such as gloves, hats, blankets and ear muffs were also donated.
“It just goes to show how much a small building like this can get done on the weekends,” John said. “Everybody is trying to give back. We just want to thank them for doing it.”
John said one of the reasons they began collecting the donations is because he knows firsthand how children can be affected by the generosity of others at Christmas time.
“I can remember what it was like,” John said, recalling his own childhood experiences. “Local churches would come and get me and my brother, take us out and spend $25 on us.”
John said he is glad to see those who attend the weekly auction keep children in mind during the holidays. He said people come from surrounding counties and North Carolina to attend each week.
The auction also collects pull tabs from beverage cans and donates those to the Shriners Hospital for Children. Since 1989, the Shriners Hospital for Children has collected pull tabs (the only pure aluminum part of the can) and recycled them, putting the money toward programs that directly benefit children.