Third Annual “Share the Love” Community Auction at St. Peter’s
On Saturday, February 8th, at 5 pm, members of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church open the doors of the parish hall for a huge community auction to benefit area individuals and families in immediate need of food, heat and health assistance. Well over $15,000 worth of goods and services have been donated from individuals and businesses throughout Knox County and they will be auctioned off beginning at 5 pm with Bruce Gamage as the auctioneer.
Businesses as well as individuals in the community have been very generous in donating a great variety of items. There is something for everyone including round trip Cape Air tickets to Boston, Portland Sea Dogs tickets, whitewater rafting, lobster bait and lobster traps, heating oil, artwork by local artists, health club memberships, 18 rounds of golf at local golf courses, gift certificates to local restaurants, car services, museum memberships, antiques, and much, much more.
Winter can be the most financially difficult season for individuals and families living in Midcoast Maine. The Rev. John Van Siclen, Transitional Priest in Charge at St. Peter’s, knows of the varied needs of many of our neighbors who have found themselves in difficult situations due to current economic realities. Van Siclen works in conjunction with other area churches, and local agencies such as Area Interfaith Outreach (AIO Food Pantry), Salvation Army and Penquis, to offer a willing and sympathetic ear and to try to give people hope. These agencies, along with DHHS (Department of Health and Human Services) and the local town and city offices, work together to utilize whatever aid is available in the community.
The problem facing Van Siclen, other clergy and other area organizations, is the rising need which is far greater than the donations targeted for this type of community outreach. All proceeds from this effort will benefit the AIO food pantry, Salvation Army and Rockland District Nurses Association as well as other non profit organizations in our community that help people in immediate need of food, heat and health assistance during these difficult times.
St. Peter’s Church members are continuing their efforts to address this need by holding their third “Share the Love” Community Auction. Over $18,000 has been shared with local community towns and organizations from past auctions. This year’s auction wants to hit a record high in auction sales and donations for distribution to area organizations and towns to provide emergency aide to Midcoast families in crisis.
A list of auction items can be found at the St. Peter’s website: www.stpetersrockland.org.
Refreshments will be available and our viewing of items and Silent Auction begins at 5:00 and the live auction, with auctioneer Bruce Gamage, will begin at 6 pm. St. Peter’s is located at 11 White Street, next to the Rockland Public Library(behind the Recreation Center).