Christmas In September – Not So Annoying

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I get quite annoyed when Christmas items appear on the retail store shelves as early as September or October.  And Christmas music being played in stores right after Halloween. 

    But this year, the early announcement of “a pre-Christmas shopping event for that hard to buy person on your list by the the Boys & Girls Club of Wetaskiwin is welcome news because all the proceeds go to supporting programs and services to benefit local youth.

    Debbie Pearson, Fund and Communications Coordinator for the Boys and Girls Club of Wetaskiwin promotes the event. “Taking part in the Online Auction for the Boys and Girls is a great way to help a wonderful organization, while at the same time doing some shopping.  What could be better!”

    Debbie is also encouraging businesses and individuals to contribute to this important fundraiser. “Locally, there are just too many businesses and individuals to single out but when approached, the results have been fantastic and we have had everything from clothing, books, art, toys, and Gift Certificates for local restaurants and services.   Of course, sports memorabilia is extremely sought after for collectors and to give as gifts, along with the ever popular Edmonton Oiler Hockey tickets. For the 6th year the Auction will have a Westjet Trip Voucher for 2 to any Westjet destination donated by Westjet and VIA Rail Canada has donated a Voucher for 4 people from Edmonton to Vancouver for the 5th year.  

    Pictures are taken of each item, uploaded onto the auction site and along with a description, the donor, and other relevant information is placed on the Boys and Girls Club website, Bids are received 24/7 over a set time in November. Because the Auction takes place on the Club website, people can view the Auction from anyplace in the world, but only bids from Canada are accepted.

    This year the Club is doing something new.  As well as uploading the photo and information to the website, if the business wants to retain the item in their business for the deration of the Auction, they will be given a small sign to place near or on the item that states they are a supporter of the Auction.   The sign will direct customers to the Auction website.   

    “We feel this is an excellent way for a business to show they are supporting the Boys and Girls Club, and a way for us to show our support back to local businesses, as the website will direct people back to that business if people want to have a look at the item, other than on the website.   This is turn would bring people into that particular business,”  said Pearson.

    This year’s 8th Annual Auction will run from November 13th to November 20th, going live at 10:00 am.  If you are interested in donating an item and supporting this popular and important Boys and Girls Club annual fundraising event contact Debbie Pearson at 780-352-4643 ext. 32 or email

    For more information please contact: Debbie Pearson, Fund and Communications Coordinator; 780-352-4643 EXT. 32.

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