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Marysville Auction to Help Struggling Families to Begin Saturday

MARYSVILLE (Mike McCarthy/Kate Liebers) -- One Central Ohio city has found a way to raise more than $100,000 in a matter of hours.

The event started in 1987 with a small donation box stationed at a Burger King. Decades later, it has grown into a high-tech televised auction, where donations from blankets to cars go up for bid.

The Care Train of Union County was created to assist those in the county who cannot afford food and toys during the holiday season.

"We want people to know they can get on board to help those in need," Care Train Founder Dave Laslow said.

The Care Train has been operating out of McAuliffe's Ace in Marysville, where volunteers collect toy and monetary donations. All the cash donations go toward food purchases.

Families in need had the opportunity to create wish lists for their children.

Mary Digney, a Care Train volunteer and recipient, said the group has helped her as she struggles to find a steady job.

"I know that if there wasn't the option of the Care Train, that there wouldn't be presents under the tree," Digney said.

Organizers said the train collected more than $150,000 last year, providing for more than 450 families and more than 320 senior citizens.

The bidding is scheduled to run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at McAuliffe's Ace Hardware, 1299 W 5th St.

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