The annual Kiwanis Christmas TV Auction is going to be held on Saturday Dec. 7 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on the second floor of Guthrie City Hall in the City Council Meeting Chambers. However, the first thing to do is to collect and organize all the wonderful donations that have been given. That part is done at The Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall.
Jerry Gammill, President of Guthrie Kiwanis Club, said that they’ll be setting up for the auction in the Fellowship Hall Dec. 4 through Dec. 6, from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., and that will be a great time to drop off any donations.
The auction raises money to fund events like the annually held Easter egg hunt at Highland Park and programs such as Coats for Kids. They also make efforts to buy local, adding to community involvement.
“We actually take students from the schools, take them to Walmart and let them shop for clothes,” Gammill said. “It started out as a program where we just bought coats and it’s evolved to the point where some kids don’t need a coat, but they need socks, or they need a pair of shoes. It kind of depends on what the need is.”
The Kiwanis Club also donates at least $1,000 to the library every year to support part of their summer programming and $1,000 also goes to the youth shelter. Three scholarships for high school seniors that each total $1,000 are also given each year.
Gammill spoke about the Bring Up Grades (BUG) program for third graders at each school as well as second and third grade at St. Mary which incentivizes and entices children to bring their grades up while instilling a sense of achievement in the students.
In terms of auction donations, they’ve had everything from cookies to automobiles donated. Gammill said that cash donations are accepted too, and cash is worth 100% of what they donate. This auction is beneficial for all involved parties and the goal is to make everyone feel good about what they’re doing and how they’re doing it.
“Everything we do and everything we try to raise goes towards kids,” Gammill said. “Our overhead is almost nothing and it’s all volunteer work. We’ve got a very small but dedicated bunch that does all this and we’re always looking for new members.”
For those interested in joining Kiwanis Club, feel free to contact any current member or attend a meeting. They are held every second and fourth Tuesday of the month and they have lunch at Pizza Hut.
“We’ve got members that can’t necessarily make it to all the meetings but anything a person can do is beneficial,” Gammill said. “If you could show up for one event and help us hide Easter eggs or put this auction on, make a trip to the schools, it lets the children know that everyone in the community wants them to succeed.”
For those unable to attend, the auction will air on Cox Cable Channel 20 (GTV20) and Guthrie News Page will have a livestream available. The proceeds raised from the annual auction allow the Kiwanis Club to continue doing their amazing volunteer work in the community. For more information, please call Jerry Gammill at 405-919-8290 or visit their website at www.guthriekiwanis.weebly.com