“We’re giving people, and we wanted to donate to the community,” Simmons said. “There are people out there who are less fortunate; we were happy to make that bid knowing where the money would go.”
With that, the snowman went to the next highest bidder, which was $500. In total, the snowman helped raise $1,550 for the Operation Sparky Clause program, and that money will go entirely to buying coats for those who need them.
“There is $1,500 going towards those in need,” Simmons said. “It is such a good cause.”
Although the coat buying program has been rather successful so far this year, the toy drive is in need of more donations, according to Chance.
“The toy drop-off has been kind of slow this year,” he said. “We are in need of all ages of toys.”
There are currently bins located at O’Hara’s and the Central Fire Station, and they will be there until Dec. 20, when OFD collects them to distribute to local families.
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