February 18, 2014

United Aid auction starts Wednesday, Feb. 19

By Nita Johnson
Staff Writer

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — It is the time of year again when The United Aid kicks off its major fundraising campaign.

The United Aid auction will begin on Wednesday, Feb. 19 and will run for three nights from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. over Time Warner Cable Channel 12 and Time Warner (formerly New Wave) Channel 19 and online at or Radio station WFTG-AM 1400 will also provide live broadcasts. The Saturday broadcasts will run from 9 a.m. until 12 noon, Feb. 22.

The United Aid auction raises money for local charities and groups such as Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Laurel-London Optimist Club, North and South Laurel Little League, Come-Unity Cooperative Care, Laurel County Adult Education and Literacy, Laurel County Rescue Squad, 4-H, First Priority, OPAC, Shop with a Cop and Sunrise Children’s Services.

“All the money raised stays local,” said Judy Nicholson, executive director of the United Way of Laurel County. “We continue to support 11 local organizations, administer the summer feeding program, and provide emergency food and shelter funds to local agencies and help facilitated the Community Shoe Drive which resulted in 1,800 pairs of shoes being donated for local children. Help us continue the impact we have had on our community by supporting the United Aid Auction.”

Donations for the annual auction are always needed and this year is no exception. Nicholson and committee members are currently seeking — and accepting — auction items. Some of those especially needed items include boat rentals, furniture, home decor pieces, jewelry, tools, knife sets, collector items for sports, food baskets, baked goods and other items.

The 2014 campaign will include the ever-popular “Sweet Shop” which features mouth-watering home baked and home made goods to tantalize anyone’s sweet tooth. Donated items in past years have included old-fashioned apple stack cakes, fudge of all flavors, candies, cakes, peanut butter roll, cookies and other desserts.

In addition, “Twice as Nice” antiques and more will feature gently-loved furniture and home decor pieces. Estate sale donations have been made “in loving memory” of someone who has passed away.

Donations will continue to be accepted Monday and Tuesday at the London Community Center.

Businesses or individuals wishing to donate can call Nicholson at 606-330-0702 or e-mail at Monetary donations can be made to the United Aid of Laurel County, P.O. Box 5004, London, KY 40745.