DEAR SUN SPOTS: The 26th Compassionate Friends Annual Worldwide Candle Lighting Ceremony will take place Sunday, Dec. 11, at East Auburn Baptist Church on Park Street in Auburn. It starts at 6:45 p.m. with the candle lighting at 7 p.m. 

This is a night to treasure the memories of our children, grandchildren, and siblings who left us too soon and bring them into the holiday season.

For more information, reach out to chapter leader of the Lewiston-Auburn chapter of Compassionate Friends, Lena Hann via Instant Messenger or by calling 713-7774. — Kelly, no town

ANSWER: What a healing event this is for those who have lost loved ones far too soon, and for those who want to offer support. This self-help organization offers friendship, understanding and hope to bereaved families who have experienced the death of a child. For more information and resources, go here: https://www.compassionatefriends.org/

DEAR SUN SPOTS: I would like to know if any of your readers would know of someone or someplace that could utilize a safe step walk-in tub/shower. It is less than three years old and is in excellent condition. It is the top of the line and was purchased for over $18,000.

When we bought our condominium last year, it came with the purchase. We do not have a need for it and would like to donate (or sell) it to anyone interested. My phone number is 740-0781. — Phil, Biddeford

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ANSWER: I’m wondering if an assisted living facility or nursing home would have the room and the staff to place this unit to benefit multiple residents.

This is a gentle reminder that normally Sun Spots doesn’t offer items “for sale”, but in this case, I’m making an exception as perhaps there is a reader who could really use this tub and doesn’t mind offering some compensation for it. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if this finds a new home and that both parties are satisfied with the results? Let us know how it goes.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: I am writing this letter to thank a man whose name I do not know. He was at Sam’s Italian Sandwich Shop just off Minot Avenue in Auburn on the evening of Oct. 22. My husband and I went there to pick up something for supper and he was in line in front of my husband. When he paid, he said that he wanted to also pay for our meals. My husband said, “Oh, no,” but the man insisted and said that it was “Pay It Forward Saturday.”

This man could not have known that my dad came home from the hospital that day to be in the care of hospice and passed away five days later.

He shook our hands and I said thank you with tears in my eyes. I just want him to know how much his kindness touched me and to thank him again. — No name, no town

ANSWER: I needed to go for a tissue when I read this. It often happens where the perfect person is put in your path just when you need them. Thank you for sharing and may your loved one live on in your heart always.

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