I feel like I did when I was a young boy, growing up over there on 87 Avenue, just a few days before Christmas. We all did it, didn’t we — especially when nobody was watching, right?
We’d get real close to the Christmas tree. Find a carefully wrapped present with our name on it. We’d shake it. Feel it. Listen to it, too, in an attempt to see what was in store for us the morning of Dec. 25.
Then, we’d put it back, exactly where we found it, so nobody would have the slightest idea we were playing our own private detective game.
And then the real magic set it as we wondered what … what was really inside the colourful festive wrapping paper?
I felt that way, exactly, Friday afternoon. Sure did.
The ATCO Edmonton Sun Christmas Charity Auction is just a few more sleeps away. The bidding starts Oct. 31 online at 9 a.m.
But, on Friday, we had a sneak peek at the site. Auction co-ordinator Nic Good has done a wonderful job putting everything together.
And he’s not done yet.
In the next few days, Nic will finish loading all of the packages. So if you visit it — and we really hope you will — and you don’t see an item you kindly donated or heard of, don’t despair.
Nic is on it. And, come Tuesday morning, everything will be lined up and ready to go.
But in the meantime, consider going screen shopping.
Not window shopping, you understand, screen shopping. I guess that’s what we do these days.
I’ll share the website in a few hundred words or so and then you will be able to see first-hand what we’ve gathered.
The kindness and generosity — and willingness to think out of the box to create unique, unforgettable experiences continues.
We got a great one Friday morning from Anne Moore in Toronto, at the Canadian Football League office.
Anne called to say former Edmonton Eskimo Randy Ambrosie, now the CFL commissioner, will host someone for lunch when he’s in Edmonton next season and give them a signed football from the league.
That’s a wonderful example of the things Nic has been able to put together to give bidders experiences they cannot buy.
Experiences, we hope, they never forget.
Of course, all the funds raised from the three-day auction goes to three great local charities: the Christmas Bureau of Edmonton, Adopt-A-Teen and Catholic Social Services. We hope with funds raised will give fellow citizens going through challenges a good experience this Christmas.
I’d be interested, also, to hear from you on what you’re interested in bidding on.
My email is email@example.com.
Are you ready, now for some ‘screen’ shopping?
Our website is atcosuncharity.blog.
You can look and listen.
But we ask you please not to shake it.
We want your computer to be in perfect working order when the bidding starts Tuesday.
Coming Sunday: The auction rolls out the Platinum.