Holiday Auction Helps Families 

Thirteen years ago, the American Legion Post 207 wanted to help families in need during the holidays.Today, kids throughout Hancock County have a spot on their nice list.”When this whole thing started several years ago it was really spear headed by a guy named Tommy Dean, who was a local DJ and a friend of mine. He passed away in 2008, and one of his last words literally was, ‘We need this to continue but I need help,” said organizer, Bill DaButler. Help came from the local community. Businesses and residents donated gifts and their time to the annual auction.”The bands don’t get paid, I don’t get paid. The children and families are the sole beneficiary.” The money raised provides families with a Christmas dinner and toys for their kids. With that in mind, people filled the hall to make their bids.”Times are difficult and people need the help so we thought we’d come out and support the families of Hancock County.””Somebody needs something at some point, whether it’s food or heat or a pair of mittens or a pair of slippers. You know all this goes for support families and that’s why we’re here,” said Cathy White, of Old Town. While they probably didn’t buy something they needed, their generosity went to someone who did.