CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Johnnie's Fresh Meat Market donated a gift certificate, resulting in a "King-of-the-Grill" themed basket filled with grilling utensils, marinade mixes, a cookbook and more.
A gift certificate for three workouts was the basis for the "Women's Fitness" basket.
Those will be among 54 baskets filled with goodies that will be auctioned at the sixth annual "A Tisket, A Tasket ... A Literary Basket," beginning at 6 p.m. April 20 at in the auditorium of NiSource Gas Transmission and Storage, 1700 MacCorkle Ave. SE.
"We're stuffing and fluffing," explained Jane McEldowney, a member of the Friends of the Library Foundation, which sponsors the fundraiser.
She and other volunteers spent most of Tuesday assembling and prettifying the baskets so they could be photographed and posted on the Kanawha County Public Library's web page -- "to create excitement for the auction," said Friends President Ghee Gossard.
Some people donate baskets already full of products, some give an item on which a theme is based, and others contribute money so basket-appropriate gifts can be purchased. The Friends try to appeal to all ages and both sexes with its basket offerings.
For instance, this year there's the "Landau Car Wash" basket, containing products to clean a car plus a CD by Landau Eugene Murphy Jr., the former Logan carwash employee and winner of the "America's Got Talent" competition.
An "Empty Nesters" basket includes two pairs of comfy slippers, a bottle of wine, books, movie passes and a gift certificate to the Olive Garden.