Wreath fundraiser to benefit child, Salvation Army in Jamestown

Sanford Health clinic employees decorated wreaths that the public can bid on.

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Wreaths are on display for the fourth annual silent auction fundraiser at Sanford Health 2nd Avenue clinic. John M. Steiner / The Sun

Sanford Health clinics in Jamestown are holding a wreath silent auction fundraiser and a food drive.

Jon Lillejord, director of the clinics, says proceeds from the fourth annual wreath fundraiser will benefit a Jamestown child with a brain tumor and the Salvation Army.

Fourteen small teams of employees from the Sanford 2nd Avenue clinic and the Sanford clinic on Fifth Avenue Northeast decorated artificial wreaths that are on display at the Sanford 2nd Avenue clinic. People can bid on them and also vote for the wreath they like the most through Dec. 21, Lillejord said. People are asked to wear a mask when they come to the clinic.

Conner George is 2 years old and is the son of Brooke and Chris George. Brooke is an eight-year Sanford employee who works at the Sanford clinic on Fifth Avenue, said Lillejord. Brooke will be unable to work for some time due to Conner's treatment for a brain tumor.

“He (Conner) and his mom are currently down at St. Jude’s in Memphis, Tennessee, and will be there for treatment ... at this point through August of next year,” Lillejord said. “So a very long time.”


Proceeds from the annual wreath fundraiser will be split between the George family and the Salvation Army, Lillejord said.

The wreaths are displayed inside the clinic entrance along with a bid sheet where people can place their bids for them if they wish to bid on any, Lillejord said. The silent auction has usually raised between $400 and $500 but Lillejord said he expects that amount to be exceeded with the current bidding "which will be nice for both." People can also vote on the wreath they liked the most and the winning team members will receive a prize, Lillejord said.

There is also a food drive currently going on at both clinics that is unrelated to the wreath fundraiser. People can drop off nonperishable food items in a box in the lobby of either clinic that will be donated to local food pantries.

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