CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Gift baskets crammed with vacation packages are a dime a dozen at charity auctions these days.
But a camel?
"The infamous camel," said Andrea Morris when a reporter asked about offbeat items donated for the fourth-annual Art from the Heart fundraiser for the Children's Home Society of West Virginia.
"Everyone has heard about the camel," said Morris, organizer of the event to be held Friday evening in the law offices of Hill, Carper, Peterson, Bee & Deitzler, at Northgate Business Park.
"Everyone wants the camel but not everyone has a home big enough for it. It stands about 6 feet tall," Morris said. "My boyfriend was here last week and said it's the size of a baby camel. It's big enough to hold the weight of a toddler."
As if on cue, a co-worker strolled in showing cell-phone photos of her 3-year-old daughter perched between the critter's twin humps.
A gift of the family of the late Fred Haddad, the stuffed camel is not the only unusual item that will be sold under the auctioneer's gavel Friday.
"We have the most eclectic collection ever," Morris said. "We have more than 90 items, probably over 100. The list on my computer is not up to date."
There's a vintage baby carriage that dates back to the mid- to late 1800s, donated by Stray Dog Antiques.
And lots of art, naturally -- paintings, prints, photos.
"The Haddad family also donated a seascape -- sailboats at night," Morris said. "It's real beautiful, in a big frame."