Sox for Kids auction raising money for kids

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Posted: Friday, November 29, 2019 6:00 am

The Knights of Columbus Hall in Reynolds will host a charity auction Dec. 7 to help underprivileged children buy Christmas presents next month.

The Sox for Kids project allowed 524 kids from Traill County and four surrounding counties to purchase gifts for themselves and their families a year ago.

Each child signed up for Sox for Kids received $112 last year to go holiday shopping, said David Scholand, one of this year’s project organizers.

“It’s a great project and one that’s very humbling to be a part of,” said Scholand, who works in marketing and seed sales at Central Valley Bean in Buxton.

Bernie Lenz of Northwood, N.D., launched Sox for Kids in 1989 to help cash-strapped families add a little light to their holiday seasons.

Thirty children were given funds that first year. Today, more than 500 kids take part annually.

More than $1 million in donations has flooded in the past 30 years from donors.

Scholand said the project is split into two parts: the charity auction and the day of shopping.

The auction Dec. 7 is planned in Reynolds this year after rotating in recent years to other communities, including Hatton and Thompson.

Scholand said organizers are continuing to collect donations and items for the auction, which will begin at 6 p.m. Dec. 7 and include a free-will offering meal at the Knights of Columbus Hall.

“It always starts a little slow but then things start to pile up the week of” the event, Scholand said.

There’s still time for organizations and private individuals to add auction items to raise money.

Electronics, gift cards and business certificates are always welcome, Scholand said.

But baskets filled with homemade canned goods or sports memorabilia and collectibles are great add-ons, too, he said.

“Those always go over really well and make a lot of money at auction,” he said.

Once donations and auction funds have been collected, volunteers and chaperones pair up with children and lead them around a retail store picking out gifts.

Shoppers have hit Kmart in Grand Forks in recent years but plan to stop at Wal-Mart next month.

“Kids will buy presents for themselves, but they want to get things for their siblings and their families as well,” Scholand said.

Donors interested in dropping off items for Sox for Kids can visit Central Valley Bean at 401 Broadway in Buxton or Valley United Co-op at 322 4th Ave. in Reynolds.

Cash donations can be mailed to Citizens State Bank, PO Box 319, Northwood, ND 58267.

Anyone with questions about the charity auction or Sox for Kids can contact Scholand at 701-847-2622 or Travis Hegg at 701-847-2261.

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