Auction will aid hurricane victims |

Auction will aid hurricane victims

Jim Scripps, managing editor

South Tahoe is populated by the types of people who want to help those in need. At the Tribune, we have the unique privilege of having contact with these people on a daily basis – they are often featured in these pages. And there is no shortage of locals who want to help victims of Hurricane Katrina.

Such is the case with 74-year-old Solveig Olsen. The South Lake Tahoe retiree lives with her dogs on a fixed income, and she wants to do her part to help the hurricane victims, so she called us with the idea of auctioning off a sweater, knitted by her, to the highest bidder. Whatever the amount, the check would go to the American Red Cross, one of the lead disaster relief agencies helping people in the ravaged Gulf Coast region.

We like the idea so much we want to expand on it.

Along with Solveig’s sweater we would like to sell, in an auction format on, a handful of local goods and services, donated by community businesses. So we need your help.

If you would like to donate an item – something like a dinner for two at a local restaurant, or a ski pass to a local resort – drop us a line. We will choose a few items (we don’t have the capacity to auction too many items), and post them on Bids for the auction will be taken over the phone, and bid amounts will be updated on the Web site live. Potential bidders can keep up at home or at the office.

A date and time for the auction will be announced in the next week or so. Checks will be made directly to a relief agency to be determined.

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To inquire about donating an item, please e-mail me at, or call (530) 542-8047. We appreciate your generosity.