FORT ST. JOHN, B.C – A  group of Fort St. John residents have helped raise over $10,000 for Amanda Black’s son through an online silent auction.

The Online Silent Auction in Memory of Amanda Black Facebook group had bids open from March 10th until the 17th, with around 139 items donated from local businesses and residents. The group is shipping items as far as the Northwest Territories.

“It’s so amazing because we are so in love with our community today. We’re very proud of where we live. [Black] was a part of a support group that we’re a part of;  it’s a private online thing. We all put this together because she was a part of our group. A couple of our organizers were really close with her,” says one of the organizers, Kayla Gladue.

“All of the funds from this auction will be going to this specific family,” Gladue mentioned the funds will be transferred once custody is awarded for Black’s son.

The organizers have also used the auction as an opportunity to speak out against domestic violence.

Despite having some technical difficulties with the Facebook auction, Gladue says the group plans to host future auctions for different organizations to continue raising awareness and funds for domestic violence victims.

Another member of their group, Sarah Foord, was killed last year. The group has reached out to her family to get permission to hold an auction in her memory.