ANDERSON — Breaking the cycle of child abuse is one of the most difficult things to do, but the people of Madison County aren’t ready to give up trying.
Bids for Kids is returning this week to raise money to support the prevention of child abuse. The 26th annual televised auction will run Friday from 6 p.m. to midnight, and Saturday from 10 a.m. to midnight.
“Most abusers were physically or emotionally abused when they were kids,” Anderson Exchange Club Foundation President Fred Sweigart said. “To break that, you have to teach them new parenting skills.”
The Exchange Club tries to do that each year through Bids for Kids, which raises money for its Family Resource Center.
Last year’s televised auction raised more than $75,000, Sweigart said, and he hopes to raise at least $80,000 this year. For the past 10 years, though, he’s dreamed of hitting the $100,000 mark.
As usual, bidders can watch from home on Comcast Channel 3 and call in or bid from the audience at Anderson University’s Reardon Auditorium.
Treasurer David Dodd said the “Begging for Dollars” portion of the telecast is expanding this year. Usually only seven or eight special items are offered, but this year there will be 19.
For the first time last year, the auction was streamed online at bidsforkids.tv. Sweigart said not many people viewed the auction online, but the video stream is returning and the Exchange Club expects it to grow over time.
Some items up for grab this year include furniture and televisions. Some of the smaller items include toys, house items, DVDs, gift cards and sporting goods.
“If you think of it, we’ll have it,” Sweigart said.
Any items that aren’t sold or claimed in time Sunday will then be up for bid again at a non-televised mini auction at 3 p.m. in Reardon Auditorium.