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From donuts to furniture, businesses donate items for online fire aid auction

More than 250 local businesses have donated items for an online auction to raise money for fire relief efforts in the Rogue Valley.

The auction launched Tuesday and runs through 10 p.m. Monday, Oct. 5.

With more than 300 items to choose from, people can bid on items that range in value from $10 to $6,000. The total value of the donated items exceeds $40,000.

Gift certificates are available for restaurants, coffee shops, bakeries, grocery stores, one-quarter of a steer, gas, gyms, dance and martial arts classes, spa and salon services, jewelry, automotive services, furniture, home improvement stores, landscaping, lawn care, books, games, professional photography sessions, computer repair, pet care, orthodontic treatment and more.

The auction features a range of vacation and adventure packages, including a six-person rafting trip, a guided salmon fishing trip, a one-week vacation of your choice, and stays in cabins in the woods, at the Oregon Coast, in the Rocky Mountains in Idaho and at a Hawaiian beach resort.

Some of the businesses that donated have themselves been impacted by local fires.

Puck’s Donuts is offering more than $20 in donut gift certificates even though its Phoenix store was gutted by the Almeda fire. The family-run business has another donut shop in Medford.

On its Facebook page, Puck’s Donuts thanked the brave men and women who fought to save lives and livelihoods during the fire, along with first responders, utility workers, surveyors, volunteers and others helping to protect and restore the community.

Garrison’s is donating $1,000 in furniture gift cards despite losing its store in Phoenix to the Almeda fire.

“As terrible as this is, we have two other stores, good insurance, and the ability to keep all our employees working. Garrison’s will recover quickly, but too many residents and businesses can’t say the same,” the business said on its website.

Garrison’s said it’s devastated and heartbroken about the Almeda fire’s toll on local residents.

Garrison’s started a GoFundMe online fundraiser and brought in nearly $19,000 — more than its $15,000 goal. The chain of local furniture stores is matching $15,000 of those donations.

The online auction, which includes hundreds of local businesses, was organized by Youth 71Five Ministries.For the past decade, the organization has hosted an annual two-week online auction to benefit youth programming.This year, the group is donating 100% of proceeds directly to fire relief efforts benefiting youth and their families impacted by local fires.If they choose, bidders can double the impact by donating back an item they purchased to be given to a family that lost everything in local fires, organizers said.More than 2,800 homes, businesses, apartment complexes and other structures were destroyed by the Almeda fire that started Sept. 8 in north Ashland and swept through Talent and Phoenix to south Medford.The South Obenchain fire still burning east of Shady Cove has destroyed at least 153 structures that range from houses to barns.Damage assessments are continuing.

To view items and enter a bid in the online auction, visit www.biddingforgood.com/auction/auctionhome.action?vhost=homecomingauction.

Reach Mail Tribune reporter Vickie Aldous at valdous@rosebudmedia.com. Follow her on Twitter @VickieAldous.

Pacific Plaza businesses, including Garrison's Express, were among those leveled by the Almeda fire along Highway 99 in Phoenix. Mail Tribune / Jamie Lusch
Puck's Donuts, a Phoenix landmark known for its colorful statue of donuts, was gutted by the Almeda fire. Dave Killen / Associated Press