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Santa Cop Auction draws large turnout

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By: Lauren Fabrizi

The Pershing Center was packed Sunday with eager bidders as part of Lincoln Police Union Charities' 23rd annual Santa Cop Auction.

The money raised from both silent and live auctions will go toward buying holiday gifts for thousands of children in need.

"Just knowing when you wake up on Christmas Day that maybe a child who may not have had anything, we may have been able to provide for them," Ofc. Lacey Reha said.

About a dozen organizations across Lincoln contributed items for the auctions, including sports memorabilia and a car from Honda of Lincoln.

Those who came out each had their eye on something specific, including a piece of Husker history.

"We bid on the Ron Kellogg and Jordan Westerkamp football," Russ Reha said.

"I really want the Joba Chamberlain signed cleats or the Darius Rutger guitar," Caleb Helmstadter added.

Channel 8 Eyewitness News' very own Rod Fowler was there to help out with the live auction.

Last year, Lincoln Police Union Charities donated 11,000 gifts to the Center for People in Need.

Officers said this year, they hope to increase that number to 12,000.

Deb Daily of the Center for People in Need said it's a relief knowing thousands of kids will be smiling Christmas morning.

"It's a great benefit to show our children in the community that we care," Daily said.

Lincoln Police Union Charities raised more than $21,000 from the auction.

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