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Quarter auction benefits child safety center

NISSWA — After her family lost everything in a fire three years ago, Brenda Banks was so amazed at the support and the help they received from the community and she wanted to give back to communities.

“I wanted to be able to give back to Minnesota communities that have helped us, but I was struggling with how to do that,” she said. Since then, she and her husband Tom have started Caring Quarters, their way of returning the favor they were blessed to receive. This is her way of giving back.

Caring Quarters is a quarter raffle, or a quarter auction, to raise money for nonprofits that are struggling. Banks choose the nonprofit to support, or work with to hold a fundraiser, and the only requirement of the nonprofit is they provide six to 10 volunteers for the fundraising event.

The nonprofit she’s chosen to hold a fundraiser for is the Alex and Brandon Child Safety Center. She thinks they provide a wonderful service for the communities and wants to show her support.

“I think the fact that Alex and Brandon Child Safety Center providing a safe place for families to drop off and pick up and or visit with their kids is awesome,” said Banks.

The Quarter Auction to support Alex and Brandon Child Safety Center will take place Nov. 10 at the Nisswa Community Center. Doors open at 1 p.m. to allow anyone to look at what’s available and shop the vendors, but the auction itself starts at 2 p.m.

The vendors she’s lined up to come include Thirty One, Lia Sophia, Pink Papaya, Jamberry Nails, Vault Jeans, WildTree, Scentsy, Jordan Essentials, Pampered Chef and others. All vendors put up five items for auction.

In a quarter auction officials announce which item is up for auction, then who ever would like to bid on that item, puts a quarter in the bowl and holds up their paddle, which also has a number. A number is drawn and whoever’s number is drawn gets the item. If the number hadn’t bid, then another number is drawn.

Tickets are $5 at the door.

The items that will be available on Nov. 10 at the Nisswa Community Center range from toys, home décor, quilts, collectable dolls, candles, goodies, gift baskets, vendor items, gift cards and more.

The event is a family-friendly event, however participants must be 18 to participate in the quarter auction.

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
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