Event benefits Driscoll Children's Hospital

Staff Report, Alice Echo-News Journal

Driscoll Children's Hospital is enlisting the help of some local 4-H kids and the community to raise money to purchase a new ambulance for the hospital.

On Tuesday, the hospital will host its 23rd Annual Cattleman's Roundup at the South Texas Auction Company on Business Highway 281 in Alice to raise funds for a new ambulance for the hospital.

The purpose of the roundup, which will involve six other similar events held throughout South Texas, is to benefit Driscoll Children's Hospital's Transport services and the more than 1,000 kids yearly that are transported across South Texas.

Special lunchtime auctions will be held during breaks from regular livestock sales auctions at auction houses, including the South Texas Auction Company. Items up for auction will include livestock, as well as baked goods, jellies and gift baskets. In addition, past non-traditional auction items have included San Antonio Spurs tickets, quilts, birdhouses, rain gauges, work gloves, and signed Nolan Ryan posters.

Donations of items may be made up until the time of the auction, and can be arranged by calling the County Extension Office at 668-5702.

Contributions of livestock, other auction items, as well as monetary donations are accepted and tax deductible.

Aislynn Campbell, a representative of Driscoll Children's Hospital, said she hopes the community will come out to support the kids and to bid on items.

"It's local. Alice 4-H kids are donating items that will be auctioned off," Campbell said. "The money that they raise from all of these events goes to buying a new ambulance. What they're doing is replacing our old ambulances with a new ambulance each year."