© Ashley Thompson
Amy, Trena and Charmaine Shiers are using the resources at their disposal to make this Christmas merry and bright for four local low-income families.
Three local women are tapping into an online auction group they started through Facebook to spread some holiday cheer this Christmas.
The trio launched the “Live Auction Windsor and Surrounding Areas” Facebook page about eight months ago. The online auction gives group members the opportunity to post pictures of gently used items they wish to sell, or bid on items up for grabs.
As of Dec. 2, the group, which is moderated by Trena Shiers and her daughters Charmaine and Amy Shiers, had 1,806 members.
“Everybody has stuff that … they don’t use, stuff that they don’t want or don’t need and it’s a good way to get rid of it fast and earn a couple dollars doing it,” Trena, a Three Mile Plains resident, explained.
“And, it’s fun.”
In November, the women started seeing the popular online auction as a way to connect with the community and gather donations of Christmas gifts for families facing financial hardships this holiday season. They asked the members of the auction group to nominate local families in need of a helping hand, and the Adopt a Family for Christmas project was born.
“The ones that we chose are families that don’t get that much help right now,” says Charmaine, detailing the family selection process.
At first, the goal was to provide one family with a few material items to lift their spirits on Christmas Day. Due to an enthusiastic response from the public, the bar has been set a bit higher.
The online auction group is collecting donations for four families until Dec. 15. They are looking for new or gently used toys and clothes for a girl between the ages of four and six, a boy between the ages of six and eight and two two-year-old boys.
The Shiers, who continually update the auction site to let members know what has been collected so far and which items are still in demand, are also hoping to gather some presents, or gift certificates, for the adults in the families.
“We’re hoping that by putting this out there for all the public to see that they’ll sort of step up to help us out,” Charmaine said.
The women say the warm fuzzy feeling they get from giving is just as exciting as competing to be the highest bidder in their online auction.
“It just feels good to be able to help,” Amy said.
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