The third annual Unitarian Universalist auction to raise cash for the Northeast Iowa Community Action Corporation's heating assistance program is Sunday, Dec. 1.

The NEICAC heating assistance program is funded through the Iowa Department of Human Rights, and has been established to help qualifying low-income Iowa homeowners and renters pay a portion of their primary heating costs. All low-income Northeast Iowans are encouraged to apply, including senior citizens and individuals with disabilities. Households burning wood or where heating is included as part of the rent may also be eligible for assistance. The program never has enough money from its own resources to cover all who apply.

Last year the UU auction raised over $1300 all of which went to NEICAC. People are already donating items to be auctioned off at 10:30 Sunday, Dec. 1, at the Senior Citizen's Center at the corner of River and Frances Streets in Decorah.

The diversity of items last year included artworks, specialty clothing, home canned fruits and vegetables, small appliances and more. The first item for this year's auction was donated by Steven Nelson of Calmar, a beautiful blue-toned pitcher and plate made by Sonja Martinson.

Folks may bring items to be auctioned to the home of Mary and Peter Jorgensen (724 Day St., Decorah) in advance or simply bring items on the day of the auction. This is for everyone; you don't need to be a UU member to participate. Anyone may participate in this auction as a donor, a buyer or both.