Runnels County and surrounding community residents have an opportunity between now and midnight on January 20 to help West Texas Rehabilitation Center by making a gift to Rehab 2018, the Center’s 48th annual Telethon.

Runnels County and surrounding community residents have an opportunity between now and midnight on January 20 to help West Texas Rehabilitation Center by making a gift to Rehab 2018, the Center’s 48th annual Telethon.

Volunteer Gayle Kalina is spearheading local efforts to support the Rehab.

You can expect a call from Gayle and her group of volunteers, including 4-H and other community members.

“We hope our families and friends will come together with us to support the Rehab,” said Mrs. Kalina, “because Rehab makes a difference in the lives of many area residents and this is a way we can work to ensure that Rehab is around for all of us when we need it.”

The Telethon will be carried by 9 television stations, including KLST in San Angelo and KTAB in Abilene, along with stations in parts of New Mexico and Oklahoma. The Telethon show also will be streaming live at www.WestTexasRehab.org

Contributions may be given by returning gifts to Gayle, sending them directly to the Rehab, or by calling the Rehab Center at 325-223-6364.

American country music singer Carly Pearce will co-headline with longtime country band Little Texas for entertainment this year at the Abilene Convention Center.

Capital Farm Credit and Suddenlink Communications are the official sponsors of the five-hour telecast and Decker Investments/Gary and Connie Decker is the toteboard sponsor. NTS Communications provides support for the auction of merchandise and services, and Hilton Garden Inn is the host hotel.

Rehab 2018’s auction will include over 400 items donated by businesses and individuals ranging from agricultural products and home improvement items to collectibles and sports/travel packages. Interested persons may bid now using the Handbid app or online at https://events.handbid.com/auctions/rehab-2018. You can go to Handbid.com and search for the Rehab 2018 auction or you can download the Handbid app on your smartphone and get real-time updates on your bids!

Here are a few of the auction items:

1. "Ol' Slim" Bronze by Jimmy Cox.

2. Ten gallons of Glyphosate donated by Helena Chemical Co.

3. A two night stay at Creek St. Nagel Haus in Fredericksburg.

4. Black & white American mohair jacket by Dolore's Unique Designs.

5. Red Can-Am Outlander from Family Powersports.

6. Cordoba Mini R Guitar from Tarpley Music Co.

7. Custom Pair of M.L. Leddy boots.

8. Drought Range Cubs from Palmer Feed & Supply.

9. Eagle afghan by Loretta Sughrue.

10. Fencing Energizers from Twin Mountain Fence Co.