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Child Welfare Club’s auction raises funds

The bidding was fast and a little wild at Thursday’s Child Welfare Club’s annual talent auction.

Members of the club and invited guests bid on items ranging from baked goods like fudge, coffee cake or cookies to Christmas wreaths, seasonal pillows, tree toppers shaped like elf hats, and stuffed snowmen. Club member Claris DuFore was the auctioneer.

The auction is one of three fundraisers the club does to raise money to help local kids.

“All of our members make things, and some buy things. We auction everything off,” said Debbie Jones, the president of the Child Welfare Club. “The money goes to support the donations we make to things like Sue’s Kids, Harvest for the Hungry, Backpack Buddies, and City Mission.”

The club also does a take out meal of their signature chicken and cranberry salads and sit down luncheon as their other fundraisers.

Jones said they hoped to raise around $2,000 at the auction.

“If we make that much, it is really, really good,” she said. “It all depends. One time, someone made a pie and it went for $40.”

Around 110 people attended the event and ate sandwiches the club made while they bid on the items.

The Child Welfare Club was founded in 1919 and times were tough in Ironton.

“It was because they need to get kids milk and things like that,” Jones explained. “Then it just became more. But everything is geared towards children. In some cases, it is helping the parents so the kids do not suffer. What ever is needed.”