Habitat for Humanity hosts Christmas tree auction fundraiser

All proceeds benefit Grandmother’s Baby Pantry in Baldwin

Bidders were very happy with the Christmas trees being auctioned off at Lake County Habitat for Humanity, giving them a chance to give back. 

Bidders were very happy with the Christmas trees being auctioned off at Lake County Habitat for Humanity, giving them a chance to give back. 

Courtesy photo/Marianne Cooke

BALDWIN — Lake County Habitat for Humanity shared the warmth of the Christmas season Saturday by reaching out to a local charity assisting young mothers. 

Despite bad winter weather, there were a few people who braved the roads to attend the Holiday Cheer event hosted by Habitat for Humanity, and took part in a Christmas tree auction, with all proceeds benefiting Grandmother’s Baby Pantry in Baldwin. 

Auctioneer Tina Nelson did her best to get the largest and highest amount on all five festive and decorated Christmas trees being auctioned off. 

Becky Newman bid on three of the trees and got all three of them. Dalene Potratz put her bid in and got her tree, which she said she would probably donate. A large golden tree was won by Greg Myers and Rachel Walton. 

Walton expressed gratitude for her daughter being helped by the baby pantry recently and wanted to give back. 

“All of the people who bid were very anxious to help the baby pantry out, which is just getting its start and has been open for three weeks now,” baby pantry volunteer Marianne Cooke said, adding how appreciative the pantry is for Lake County Habitat for Humanity reaching out. 

People also enjoyed hot cocoa with marshmallows during the event and cookies. 

“Even though the weather was frightful outside, it was quite delightful inside,” Cooke added.