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Justin Bieber items auctioned off for Ontario charity

Laura Cudworth, QMI Agency

Theresa McMurray, executive director of Stratford House of Blessing, shows some of the autographed items from Justin Bieber's childhood that will be auctioned on eBay, with all proceeds supporting the House of Blessing.​ (SCOTT WISHART, QMI Agency)

Theresa McMurray, executive director of Stratford House of Blessing, shows some of the autographed items from Justin Bieber's childhood that will be auctioned on eBay, with all proceeds supporting the House of Blessing.​ (SCOTT WISHART, QMI Agency)

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Justin Bieber fans will get a chance to cuddle up in his comforter or take a walk in his shoes while supporting a Stratford, Ont., food bank.

Some of the pop star's childhood possessions are going up for sale on eBay starting at noon Saturday. The auction will end at noon on Feb. 7 with the proceeds going to Stratford’s House of Blessing.

The food bank was contacted recently by Bieber's grandparents, Diane and Bruce Dale, who offered to donate a pair of size 7 Nike shoes and the pop star’s Toronto Maple Leafs comforter, pillowcase and ceiling lamp. Bieber signed all of the items when he was in the area at Christmas.

The starting bid for each of the Biebs' objects is US $500. The proceeds from the sale will go toward food bank programs.

All of the items come with a certificate of authenticity signed by Diane Dale.

The Dales got the idea after they put their Willow Street home on the market late last year. Bieber spent a great deal of time there as a kid and had his own Maple Leaf-themed bedroom. The Dales haven't lived in the house for several years, but they rented it out and kept it just as it was when Bieber still lived in Stratford.

When pictures of the house went up on the Internet, the Dales began getting offers on the items in their famous grandson's bedroom.

“They decided to give them to House of Blessing and give everyone a chance at it and support House of Blessing,” said Theresa McMurray, the executive director.

“It took us by surprise. We're very thankful (the family) would think of doing something like this for us,” McMurray said.

Bieber has been a strong supporter of the food bank. For example, in 2011 he donated $10,000 to House of Blessing. His fondness for the organization may be a result of his humble beginnings. He and his mother, Pattie Mallette, used House of Blessing services before he made it big.

Signed Bieber souvenirs have gone up on eBay to support local causes in the past. In 2011, a signed Bieber shoe went on eBay to pay for a broadcast booth at his former high school, Stratford Northwestern. That auction brought in about $1,400.

A game-worn Stratford City FC soccer jersey went for $960 on eBay with the proceeds to help pay the operating costs of two local soccer teams.

The priciest eBay auction item was a 2012 Hyundai Genesis, signed by Bieber, to raise money to refurbish the skate park. It went for market value of $40,000.

laura.cudworth@sunmedia.ca


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