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Freedom Fund auction supports area branch

Gift basket themes include art, spa, wine among others 

The Morgantown/Kingwood branch of the NAACP is putting a 2020 spin on its annual Freedom Fund banquet fundraiser. Because of the need for physical distancing, the NAACP will host a virtual fundraiser for its Freedom Fund, which is the primary fundraiser to support branch operations.

The local NAACP Freedom Fund online auction is “an opportunity to contribute to the fight against social injustice while giving creative gifts to your loved ones,” said Dr. Jerry Carr Jr., president of the local branch.

The gift basket auction will include some baskets designed around popular gift-giving themes, including art activities, spa and wine. Others are clearly inspired by 2020, with themes like COVID-19 cleaning supplies and working from home. There are also baskets of authentic African goods, such as an eclectic West African basket, a Nelson Mandela-inspired South African basket, and a collection of fabrics from Ghana.

The public is invited to bid on these gift baskets at through 11:59 p.m. today. Virtual silent auction bids can be made by pledging a dollar amount in the comment section of a particular basket’s photo.

Once the winning bid is determined for each basket, each winner will be contacted through Facebook to request payment of his or her bid through PayPal. The local NAACP will contact winners to arrange contactless pickup or delivery within either Morgantown or Kingwood this weekend.

Donations can also be made directly to the Morgantown/Kingwood NAACP Freedom Fund at 

 The NAACP’s “mission is to secure the political, educational, social and economic equality of rights in order to eliminate race-based discrimination and ensure the health and well-being of all persons.” 

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