You’ve likely seen images of the utter devastation caused by tornadoes last Sunday around the Peoria, Ill., area, especially in Washington. It’s heartbreaking.
Here’s a way you can support those affected: bid in an online auction organized by the Peoria Chiefs, the Cardinals Midwest League affiliate.
The auction currently includes great Cardinals items including baseballs autographed by Stan Musial, Bob Gibson, Tony La Russa, Willie McGee, Lee Smith, David Freese and Joe Kelly; a hat signed by Matt Adams; Allen Craig and Yadier Molina jerseys; and a Chris Carpenter game-used bat.
There also are terrific Cubs items — the Chiefs were the Cubs Midwest League affiliate for years up until the 2013 season — including a Hall of Fame induction program, baseball cards and a Chiefs pennant all signed by Ryne Sandberg; baseballs autographed by Greg Maddux and Jeff Samardzija; and a Carlos Zambrano autographed bat.
Plus there are other items such as Notre Dame basketball tickets, Bears and Illini apparel, and even an American Girl doll still in the box donated by a 7-year-old girl who wanted to help out.
More auction items will be added as they are received, including tickets for several 2014 games from the Cardinals plus items from the Cubs, Bears, Blackhawks and other Midwest League teams.
The auction is ongoing — and the holidays are coming. Great gift ideas for your favorite people and, more importantly, all proceeds support the victims of last Sunday’s tornadoes.
Check out the Chiefs online auction here and sign up to start bidding.
Just know that you’ll have competition for that Chris Carpenter bat. (At the moment, I’m the top bidder.)
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