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Houston Texans will hold silent auction to benefit victims of Sandy Hook shooting

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The Houston Texans will hold a silent auction at Reliant Stadium during this Sunday's game against the Minnesota Vikings, and all proceeds will benefit the victims of the school shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., on Dec. 14. Team owner Bob McNair and the Houston Texans Foundation will match all proceeds, which will be given to the Sandy Hook School Support Fund, which was created by the United Way.

CBS Houston reports that the silent auction will happen in the concourse behind Section 140. It will be open from the time the stadium gates open until the end of halftime.

Items for the auction include an autographed and framed Andre Johnson jersey, an autographed Arian Foster jersey, framed and autographed photos of J.J. Watt, a trip for two to the 2013 NFL draft, and the opportunity for two people to experience pregame introductions from the Texans' home tunnel before the team's first playoff game.

“Like so many people around the country, we were deeply saddened by the tragic news from Connecticut last week and immediately felt compelled to find a way to help the families of the victims and the Newtown community at large, especially the children,” Texans president Jamey Rootes said in a statement. “We are fortunate to have a partner like the United Way that is able to respond quickly to those in need, and we hope that our contribution will help them make a difference for kids and families in the Newtown area.”

Fans can also help from where they’re sitting by texting NEWTOWN to 80888 to make a $10 donation to the Sandy Hook School Support Fund.

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