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      Novinger niece helps aunt with benefit auction

      Lexlie Bland, Novinger, Missouri

      One Heartland niece is giving back to her aunt by having a benefit lunch and auction.

      Lexlie Bland had open heart surgery and her niece is putting together this event to help her with medical expenses.

      Rose West only had kind things to say about her aunt.

      â??(Sheâ??s) a good hard-worker,â?? West said. â??(She) makes blankets, and tea towel's to hang on your refrigerator and stove and loves helping people out.â??

      There will be a raffle and cakewalk as well.

      Bland said she is touched by everyone who has helped her so far.

      â??I feel a lot better,â?? Bland said. â??I'm going to probably go back to work next week. Itâ??s not been much fun; I didn't think it would ever happen to me.â??

      The benefit will be on June 8 at the Novinger Community Center.

      Doors will open at 9:30 a.m. Lunch will be at 11:30 a.m. and the auction begins at 12:30 p.m.

      All proceeds will go to Bland.

      If you would like to help West in the benefit you can call her at (660) 342-3567.