The bushy green tree completely covered in red lights caught Leon Boggs’ eye the minute he walked into the We Care Trim-A-Tree auction Sunday night.

“I just liked the red, it looks really festive,” Boggs said.

His bid on the “One Horse Open Sleigh” tree decorated by St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Hospital, however, was not enough to win. But at the end of the evening, the Russiaville resident was able to take home his prize after the original bidder donated the tree back to We Care to auction off again.

The second time was a winner, and Boggs was pleased to come out with a nice holiday tree that benefited charity at the same time.

“Plus, it saves me from having to decorate my tree this year,” Boggs joked.

As part of its annual charity campaign, We Care auctioned off 78 locally-decorated trees and wreaths. The organization raised an unofficial amount of $54,096 through the sales and additional donations.

Three trees brought in $2,000 each, according to an initial tally done by We Care volunteers, including “Christmas in Your Community” decorated by Community First Bank of Howard County, “For the Love of the Bear” decorated by Jefferson House of Flowers, and “American-made Christmas” decorated by the United Auto Workers Locals 685 and 1302.

“For the Love of the Bear” was one of three items purchased by Washington School.

Fifth-grade teacher Suzie Wesche said pupils raised $1,434 during a four-week donation drive. They eventually won two trees and a wreath. Wesche said a tree will be displayed at the school and the other will be offered to the Kokomo Fire Department.

The students lesson in giving will be continued next year as well.

“With the wreath ... we will probably re-decorate it and donate it back to We Care next year,” Wesche said.

The Howard County Homebuilders Association also won a tree. It just happens to be the tree that the group decorated and donated to the charity to begin with.

Teresa Miller, president of the association, said that the tree won’t be decorating her family room, but will be donated to Bona Vista in Kokomo.

Boggs said his tree is going to a worthy cause as well. His wife Michele is at home sick, he said, and is waiting to see what he bought for her.

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