The "Share the Love" Community Auction at St. Peter's Episcopal Church March 2 raised more than $10,000 to provide heating assistance, food and other necessities to members of the community in need, according to a church spokesperson.

The event included a silent auction followed by a live auction conducted by auctioneer, Bruce Gamage and assisted by his wife Becky and church volunteers.

A number of goods and services were donated from individuals and businesses throughout Knox County, Maine and beyond.

Winter can be the most financially difficult season for individuals and families living in Midcoast Maine. St. Peter’s church knows of the varied needs of many of its neighbors who have found themselves in difficult situations due to current economic realities. The church works in conjunction with other area churches, and local agencies such as Area Interfaith Outreach Food Pantry, Penquis, and Salvation Army to offer a willing and sympathetic ear and to try and give people hope. These agencies, along with Department of Health and Human Services and the local town and city offices, work together to utilize whatever aid is available in the community.

All of the auction proceeds will provide emergency aid to Midcoast families in crisis, some directly through the outreach efforts of St. Peter's, but most through the local agencies that are on the front lines of this struggle, including, but not limited to, AIO, the Salvation Army, and the Rockland District Nurses Association.