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Donations sought for annual YWCA auction; Proceeds to benefit Idaho County efforts

Kristy Beckstead

Kristy Beckstead

— Have you wanted to help those in domestic violence situations but are unsure where to start?

The 4th annual live auction, His Hers and Ours, A Country Affair (formerly the Purse Auction) may be the place to start.

The event, set for Sunday, April 29, at the Cottonwood Community Hall, is in need of donations for the live auction.

“This is a great way to support people who are domestic violence and sexual assault victims in Idaho County,” explained Kristy Beckstead, YWCA advocate. “We do this so our ladies have resources to help them come out of bad situations.”

Beckstead said it has been humbling for her to be able to provide necessities for several clients. This can be as extensive as bus fare or gas money to as simple as helping provide cleaning supplies and personal items they do not have money for. Last year, thanks to local church men, she was also able to help six people get oil changes for their vehicles.

“The money from this fund-raiser helps fill in the gaps,” she explained.

Beckstead facilitates empowerment groups in both Riggins (Salmon River Community Church) and Grangeville (YWCA office on Main Street). She had more than 60 new clients in the past year.

Donations of all kinds are sought to auction. This includes gifts certificates, tools, cash and more. Purses, tote bags, backpacks and other receptacles are sought to fill. Those who wish can donate a basket or bag ready to auction or an empty vessel ready to fill with auction items. In the past, a variety of themed items have sold well, including ones for family game and movie nights, pamper/pedicure baskets, coolers with fishing poles and gear and food and wine packages.

All donations are tax deductible. They may be dropped off at The Hangout in Cottonwood, Leanne’s Flower Shop and Garden Center and Inland Cellular in Grangeville, YWCA office in Grangeville and Kamiah, USDA office in Nezperce, Cottonwood Community Federal Credit Union or Riggins Whitewater Market.

All proceeds will be used locally. The event is set for Sunday, April 29, Cottonwood Community Hall, 501 King Street. Doors open noon and the auction starts at 2 p.m. Pulled pork, beans, potato salad, dessert, lemonade, coffee and ice tea will be served. Credit cards will be accepted. The evening will also feature a silent auction “Princess House,” and a mystery bag on which to bid.

For details contact Kristy at 208-983-0888; Debbie at 208-962-7383; or Colleen at 208-962-7049.


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