If you’re a new to the blog and haven’t posted before, your initial post has to be approved before it shows up on the blog. So until I see and and approve it, it’s not visible to anyone. This can cause an issue if someone posts a bid that doesn’t show up and another bidder thinks they already have the high bid. This is why I’ve always encouraged folks to not wait until the last minute to post a bid. By ending the auction at noon on Monday, it makes it a lot easier for me to monitor the bidding right up until the cutoff.
It’s time for the annual Wounded Warrior Project Christmas Auction! Since today, December 7, is the day we commemorate Pearl Harbor Day, it seems like the perfect kickoff time.
If you’ve followed the blog for any time at all, you’re well aware that this is one of my favorite charities and our wounded vets deserve all the help we can give them. Since starting these auctions several years ago, you all have been great in supporting this effort and many thanks you. If you’re not familiar with the group, check out their website at: Wounded Warrior Project .
Up for auction is a rare knife that GEC produced in 2009. It’s a Northfield 362209 “Christmas Wishes” knife.
They ran just 16 of these and I was fortunate to get my hands on a couple of them. The handle is a clear acrylic overlay with Santa holding a GEC knife. Last year I auctioned one of these at Christmas for the Wounded Warriors and the winning bid was $325! I hope we can break that record this year. It’s a fantastic collectible with ALL of the proceeds going to an incredible organization.
To place a bid, leave a comment with your bid. Bidding will end at Noon CST, Monday, December 17, 2012.
100% of the proceeds from this auction will be donated to the Wounded Warrior Project.
Just a quick heads up. Tomorrow, December 7, I’ll kick off the annual TSA Knives, Wounded Warrior Project Christmas auction. It’s a great organization supporting our returning vets with service related injuries. Christmas has to be a particularly tough time for a lot of them and hopefully, we can try to make a difference.
It’s always a bit of a challenge to come up with an item that’s interesting enough to encourage folks to part with their money particularly this time of the year. I think I’ve got such an item. For blog readers, it’s a knife you’ve seen on these pages before and most of you didn’t even know existed. I think it’s a pretty neat knife!!
Details will show up on the blog around midnite CST tonite. Stay tuned!!!
Not only is the knife a great limited production collectible, the money is going to support a wonderful cause. Sunday is Veteran’s Day and I sincerely hope just because the war in the mideast isn’t on the front page every day that we’ve forgotten our returning wounded Vets.
My wife works in a Veteran’s Hospital and gets reminded every day she goes to work that the needs of these men and women is ongoing. I know that things are financially tight for a lot of you and if you can’t bid on the auction, at least try to send a few dollars to help our hero’s out. Wounded Warrior Project Donations
We’re closing in on Veteran’s Day which is November 11. In an ongoing effort to show support for our wounded vets through the Wounded Warrior Project, I’ve got what I think is kind of a special knife to offer this year. It’s no secret that I’m a big supporter of the Wounded Warrior Project and past auctions have always been successful in raising funds to help out our returning wounded. Even though our combat role may be winding down overseas, the needs of the wounded never end with the conflict.
So this year, I’m putting up for bid one of the Schatt & Morgan Coke Bottle’s with gorgeous Burnt Stag handles.
The blade is etched “Schatt & Morgan 1 of 50″, but I don’t believe total production actually hit 50 pieces. The fit and finish is absolutely superb! It’s a big knife measuring almost 5.5″ closed and just under 9.5” open. The blade is a mirror polished 420 Stainless with a double pull.
Here’s the rules: To place a bid simply reply to this post with your bid. The auction will run until Noon CST, Monday, November 12, 2012.
Andrew sent me an email following the announcement that he’d won the auction. It moved me enough that I asked his permission to repost part of the message on the blog as I felt his words were well worth sharing. This is the kind of attitude we could all use a little more of.
It goes as follows:
“Thank you for the auction and help of donations to the relief efforts. I am pleased and happy to help with such a venture, and to receive such a neat knife and sheath too. I am disabled and rather crippled due to a rare disease that first hit me 2.5 years ago. My health issues are incureable but others who try to help themselves and have folks who care, have been a personal motivation to provide encouragement.
My wishes for the donation are to the Salvation Army……..
I will add that my type of encouragement I wanted to share……….was the results of my having to be dealing daily with my personal health issues, and so me wanting to encourage others to try hard to help as it is motivating to do so, more so than the encouragements I’ve received from others. This is not to say folks who have and do encourage me is less important, but of me wanting to encourage and offer strenghts to others like those who are gaining strengths at Salvation Army programes. Positive outcomes that arise through those who are putting the real efforts towards dealing with their own personal situations that many successful folks had perhaps taken for granted………..
The trials of dealing with or ovecoming adversity is tested in many ways. Whether it is a competition in sport or business or health issues … Or poverty, it’s all a real story as many folks need to apply themselves with a solid positive motivation, often times a real struggle, but as best they can.
Most times the easy way is not the best way as obvious as that sounds, many just instead, give up too fast. Those that can offer strenghts and examples that work to those willing to listen, is a good starting point of which I wanted to share.
I’ve had to learn like others in similar positions, that one must put a personal active effort towards problem solving. If there was a way to add a gene to people to have a problem solving trait an ability thoroughly enabled, starting at childhood, we’d all be in better shape (smile). I’m fortunate in that regard as my parents had pushed this theory to us kids at a young age……..”
I’d also like to add a note that I received a PayPal payment from Andrew in excess of the auction total which will also go to the Salvation Army. Many, many thanks!!!!!
Congratulations and many thanks to Andrew for the placing the winning bid of $234.56 on the Hurricane Sandy Auction knife!!!
It’s always a great feeling to see people open their wallets to help others in need. Right now, we’ve got a bunch of folks that are indeed, in need. It’s also nice to see those people rewarded, in this case with a great collectible and matching sheath that was donated by Dave at Knife Leather Traditions. Many thanks!!!
So far the bidding stands at just $150 for one of the Ebony Wood Whaler 5th Anniversary knives and a matching Knife Leather Traditions sheath donated by Dave Taylor. 100% of the proceeds from the auction will go to either the American Red Cross or the Salvation Army (winner chooses which).
There are a large number of collectors in that corridor affected by the hurricane and I’m hopeful we can raise a few bucks to help the recovery process. If you can’t afford to place a bid, try to drop a few dollars in an envelope to your favorite charity offering aid. Remember when someone may have done you a good deed and refused payment? Here’s the perfect time to pay it forward.