The auction house started with a personal and heartfelt message about the vehicle and how it came to be at the auction. Soon bids were flying in, going all the way to $29,000. Just when everyone thought the bidding was over, the new owner, Rod McWilliams from Red Deer Motors, put the vehicle back on the block to re-auction it off again. It was sold two more times for $30,000 to Danny Fayad from Edmonton and $20,000 to Bob Bevins from Bulldog Metals, who promptly gave it back to the family to keep.
"It helps a lot knowing that there's people out there that care as much as they do and would want to help you out in a situation like this. Hopefully, they can enjoy their father's car when they get older," Bob said.
"There was not a dry eye in the place," Rod Burnett, a staff member of the auction house, posted to Facebook along with the video. While the bidding was happening other donations were being called in, totaling in the auction raising around $100,000 for the family.
The family has been overwhelmed by the giving nature of the community. “It’s been just incredible to see the generosity of people to help a family to be able to raise the children,” Ben said.
“How do you thank people for something so huge?”