Union County residents will come together Dec. 12 to make sure everyone has a chance at a merry holiday season.

Union County residents will come together Dec. 12 to make sure everyone has a chance at a merry holiday season.

Care Train has been chugging along this year, snagging donations for its annual auction that will help put toys in the hands of children and food on tables for the holidays.

From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, three auctions will have several items up for grabs with proceeds providing food and toys for Union County families in need.

"There are actually three different auctions," Care Train Executive Director Pam Sturwold said. "We have a silent auction, bid boards in the morning all by phone and in the afternoon there is a live auction."

Bidders interested in the silent auction must be present at McAuliffe's ACE Hardware, 1299 W. Fifth Street in Marysville, Sturwold said. Live-auction items can be bid on by phone or in person. Bid boards are done by phone at 937-738-7946.

Anyone unable to make it to the auction can still get into the bidding by listening to 1270 WQTT or tuning into Time Warner channel 9.

"The live auction will have bigger items," Sturwold said.

Items for all three auctions range from televisions and refrigerators to gift cards and concert tickets. A pizza party with Marysville Police Chief Floyd Golden and a day with the Union County Sheriff's Office are also among the offerings.

"Nothing is too small and nothing is too big," Sturwold said of the auction items.

Saturday's festivities won't end with the auctions, however.

"At the end of the day in the evening, Cardinal Health Orchestra and the Marysville (Symphonic) Choir will do a Christmas concert and whatever money is raised at the end of the concert Cardinal Health will match," Sturwold said.

Between businesses and families donating items and acting as sponsors, and Cardinal Health helping with the concert, she said many get involved to help people in need over the holidays.

"It's just amazing how this community comes together to help make this a good holiday for everyone," she said.

Last year, Care Train raised $162,000 and helped 421 families, providing toys for 700 children. According to Sturwold, 459 seniors and people with disabilities also benefited from Care Train last year.

"We have in the community, businesses, Girl Scout troops, groups from schools and just families that call and ask to adopt a family," she said.

Adopting a family means getting a list of items to buy that will be distributed to families Dec. 20 from Dutch Mill Greenhouse, which donates space to organize the items.

"We double and triple check to make sure every child has a toy," Sturwold said. "Dec. 20 is distribution day for toys and a food voucher. We probably have 50 volunteers from different organizations and groups that want to come and help carry the toys for people to their cars.

"People want to come and volunteer. Union County and community coming together to help is just incredible."

For more information, visit caretrain.org.