This year’s Round-Up for Rehab special sale benefiting West Texas Rehabilitation Center is set and ready for the bidding to begin at noon Tuesday at the Brownwood Cattle Auction barn.
But the invitation to one and all is to come before noon — 11:30 a.m. — and have a beans and cornbread lunch put on by the WTRC’s own chuck wagon crew.
The Brownwood sale, one of nine special Round-Up for Rehab auctions, will have goods ranging from ag-related items, to baked goods, crafts and general merchandise. Items from the exotic — this year’s sale includes, in fact, a Watusi bull calf whose horn measurement is already reaching 24 inches — to the necessary, to the “for fun” categories as well as home decor, agricultural products and useful household items.
Items and services donated for the auction include: a portable ag sprayer; Vet services for a calf delivery; range cubes; hand-crafted pottery; meal certificates from local restaurants; “Spatterware” dishes; sterling silver jewelry; an original Judith Kirksey painting, a framed tin Texas Flag wall hanging; a deer antler/rope candle holder; travel bags; western hand bags; a hand-crafted oak chest; a 32 piece tool set and more. Some people have contributed through cash donations.
“Everyone coming to West Texas Rehab has a challenge before them,” said Marjorie Cloud, a donor relations director with the West Texas Rehabilitation Center in Abilene.
As an example, Cloud said, a young boy by the name of Xzavier Castilleja has had to learn to walk with only one leg. Xzavier was born without a right leg and has been coming to the Rehab Center in San Angelo for most of his life, Cloud said.
“If you see Xzavier, he looks like any other little boy — running, jumping, playing, and keeping up with all the other kids in his class. It hasn’t been easy, but he has been able to rely on WTRC every ‘step’ of the way,” Cloud said.
An artificial leg, a walker, crutches and therapy have all been provided under one roof and his family has been able to do this without the financial burden most facilities impose on a family with this type of disability. WTRC works with Xzavier on gait training, balance, safety awareness, bending to sit and most recently by providing a Rehab summer camp for him.
As a private, nonprofit organization, the WTRC is dedicated to providing outpatient care each year to more than 20,000 children and adults, regardless of their financial circumstances.
“For the Brownwood area folks,” Cloud said, “the Round-up for Rehab Auction Tuesday at the Brownwood Cattle Auction is a wonderful opportunity to help Xzavier and others just like him receiving services at the West Texas Rehab Center.”
Corporate friends of Rehab include Central & West Texas Farm Credit Association, Patterson-UTI Energy, Strongpoint/Pied Piper Pet & Wildlife, Group IV-Member Owned Electric Cooperatives, Town & Country Food Stores and Wrangler, as major sponsors and Heartland Alliance of America/Farm & Ranch Healthcare continues as the Rehab’s Chuck Wagon sponsor. Additional sponsor support includes: Airtricity, Lone Star Beef, Mueller Metals, Walco International, First AG Credit and A-B Distributing.
For more information about the Rehab Center or Round-Up sale dates call WTRC-Abilene at (325) 793-3507. Brownwood area residents wishing to donate animals, merchandise, baked goods or needing information on the local sale, contact Nelson Hogg at (325) 646-7591.