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AUBURN, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Two weeks ago, members of the United New Auburn Association said they were heartbroken over the destruction of their Christmas display in Sullivan Square.

Now, they want to say "thank you."

Community members have responded to the vandalism by donating hundreds of dollars and holiday decorations to the association.

Just days before Christmas, the display is back in Sullivan Square.

"It's inspiring," said Rolly's Diner owner, and UNAA member Ken Blais. "It's community spirit, Christmas spirit, all combined in to one."

Auburn Police have charged Joshua Philbrook, 22, of Auburn, and Nicholas Ayer, 23, of Lewiston with criminal mischief after they say the two men cut electrical cords to Christmas lights, bent the wires for the reindeer and sleighride display, and destroyed nearly every decoration in the park on December 10.

Blais said people have been calling his diner to offer help, donations, and support since then.

He said the association has received so many decorations, they haven't had time to put out all of them -- but he promises to have an even bigger display next Christmas.


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