We got double the power last Dec. 3 & 4 when West Bay Rotary and Knox County Homeless Coalition/Hospitality House teamed up for Make A Difference weekend. West Bay Rotary was busy selling Christmas trees in the parking lot of Maine Sport when we welcomed the folks from Hospitality House to bring their handmade tree ornaments and sell them along with the exclusive art from artist and Rotarian T. A. Allen (recognized not only for his paintings but also for the 2008 White House Christmas card.)

Every ornament was unique and sold for $15 each or two for $20. The tree sales supported local charities. The ornament sales benefited the families at Hospitality House….so it was a win-win for everyone!

Dawna Hilton, assistant to the Executive Director of Holiday House told us: “I was there this past weekend and they are getting close to selling completely out of ornaments. When they sell out of trees, we’ll be done selling ornaments, but so far, we’ve sold more than 80 ornaments with more than $500 in sales and counting. And all of that directly benefits our clients at Hospitality House.”

Every single weekday from noon to 6 p.m. and on the weekend from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. until Christmas, the Rotarians are going to be out there at Maine Sport’s parking lot giving it all they’ve got.

West Bay Rotary President Peter Berke said: “This time of the year and being involved with Rotary, it kind of brings it all home for us here, with the proceeds from tree, wreath and holiday card sales all go back to the nonprofits our community.”

To see the final count (when all is said and done) stay tuned the West Bay Rotary Facebook page as well as the Hospitality House Facebook page.

Happy holidays everyone!