Saturday Dec 20 2008 comments Auburn Area Christmas Basket By: Photos by Ashley Baer/Auburn Journal -A +A Ashley Baer/Auburn JournalJacob and Zac Rohde wait to help people out with their food. This was the brother's second year volunteering with the event. Ashley Baer/Auburn JournalWith the help of volunteer Rosanne Jahnke, Angel Aponte loads up the food and gifts he got for his wife and three kids during Saturday?s Christmas Basket Program at the fairgrounds. Aponte, along with his mom and her friend, was the first in line to receive his basket this year. ?This year, it?s not good for a lot of us, and the community helps us in a lot of ways,? he said. Ashley Baer/Auburn JournalOn her way out to load her car with the food and toys from the event, Midian Rodriguez looks for a coat for her children with help from Heather Mauel, a volunteer with Elevation Church. Ashley Baer/Auburn JournalThe Mosqueda family--including Michelle (in purple), Amy and their mom Vilma--check into the event before being connected to volunteers who will help them get their food and toys. Ashley Baer/Auburn JournalNeida Hurtado walks away with a new bike, while her mom, Nidia, follows with her sister, Ytzel, who is enjoying her new stuffed toy. Ashley Baer/Auburn JournalAuburn City Fire Department engineer John Roger helps fit Arian Berrios for a bike helmet to go along with her new tricycle while her mom, Evaline (right) watches. Ashley Baer/Auburn JournalWith daughter Ariana, 4, in hand, Evaline Berrios watches as volunteers load a wheelbarrow full with enough food for seven people. Ashley Baer/Auburn JournalVolunteer Brenna Toppenberg runs past the line of cars waiting in front of the Gold Country Fairground's Armory building. Hundreds of other cars lined up through the fairgrounds and into the parking lot, filled with people waiting for their turn to receive their Christmas basket.