Stop in at the Community Helping Hand thrift store this week to bid in the holiday silent auction.
This major fund-raiser for the store, held for the fourth year, helps offset the cost of Thanksgiving and Christmas Meals.
This year 144 Forest Lake area families registered for Thanksgiving meal assistance, a 70 percent increase from the 2011 total of 83. Proceeds from the silent auction are important to fund this growing need.
Auction packages include a Minnesota Vikings fan basket and a set of gift cards from local restaurants. Many of the baskets would make great Christmas gifts.
The silent auction is going on now and will end at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8.
Also on Dec. 8, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Santa will visit the store to have cookies with kids big and small.
Community Helping Hand is located at 408 15th St. SW, behind Target.