Donors, volunteers rally to help kids in historical year – Press Herald

27December 2020

Countless Maine kids are enjoying vacation presents due to the fact that of the kindness of complete strangers. And thousands of struggling moms and dads understand somebody out there cares.

Journalism Herald Toy Fund will quickly conclude its 71st holiday. And, while the end results are the same, it has been a year like no other.

Donors rallied to fulfill a historical level of requirement 10 months into an international pandemic and economic downturn.

“It’s been so heartening to see individuals advance,” stated Kathleen Meade, the toy fund’s director.

Mainers who are working from home and fared fairly well in 2020 aspired to provide and help the households who have actually been struck hardest, she stated. Lots of routine donors gave more this year, and numerous brand-new donors participated.

And volunteers advance, too. While some routine helpers remained since COVID-19 presents greater threats to them, those who reported for work handled the extra challenges.

“They were happy to leave your home to do something enjoyable and fulfilling,” Meade said. However at the same time, “they worked super hard. The physicality of it all has actually been extreme. There were some days everybody felt overloaded. … The volunteers were terrific.”

After weeks of processing applications for help, unpacking, sorting and packing toys and after that distributing the presents through contact-free curbside gift pickups, the fund is in the homestretch and will soon unwind.

However the objective continues. The charity accepts donations year-round, and soon it will begin getting ready for 2021. Whatever it has in shop.

JOURNALISM HERALD TOY FUND in the Spirit of Bruce Roberts uses donations from readers to provide toys to countless Maine children who may otherwise not get vacation gifts since of challenges faced by their parents. Now in its 71st year, the fund serves families in York, Cumberland, Sagadahoc, Androscoggin, Lincoln and Knox counties.

DONATIONSto assist purchase the toys can be made at or by writing checks to the Portland Press Herald Toy Fund and mailing them to the fund at P.O. Box 7310, Portland, ME 04112. – To Learn More, call 791-6672

or go to: TODAY’S DONATIONS Merry Christmas & Joyous Wants! The Ladies of the Women’s Riverside Thursday League$530 Stephen Brann$100 Anonymous$100 Corner Stone Chapter O.E.S. Past Matrons

$15 To help out the Toy Fund. Delighted Holidays! USI Insurance coverage & $1,500 Paul & Margaret$100 Facebook Fundraiser$65 Lawrence & Karan Miller $100
Anonymous $100
Karen & Chuck Strandbery$100 In memory of Bruce Roberts and Matt Barron$
50 Anonymous $25 From Allie, in memory of Rusty and Mittens $35 Merry Christmas! Alice Rohman $30 Goodwill to all! Love, Momo and 2 grandchildren & $70 Anonymous $25 Thank you, Special Ones– Pal, Linda, Friend, Jen, Gracie. From Dianne $200 Thank you & Merry Christmas
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For Mert & Prudy$100 From our grandchildren– Avery, Ruby, Peter– for a brighter Christmas for others.$100 Patricia Knittel$250 Confidential $100
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& Evan $100
Leslie & Edward Garber$100 Ellie & Charlie Miller $50
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