The Portland Press Herald Toy Fund aims to provide toys for 7,000 children in Cumberland, York, Sagadahoc, Lincoln and Knox counties. Applications are being accepted and readers of the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram are once again encouraged to put smiles on children’s faces during the holiday season.

Applications can be made at pressheraldtoyfund.org. Donations can also be made on the website or checks can be made out to the Portland Press Herald Toy Fund and mailed to P.O. Box 7310, Portland, ME 04112.

The campaign’s fundraising goal this year is $300,000. The total raised so far is $3,550.

Each day of the toy fund campaign, the Press Herald will run letters from applicants, such as this one: 

“My husband has had many surgeries over the past year on his feet and now is unable to work. We are waiting on disability.

I am unable to work because I cannot leave our children home alone with my husband because of all the meds he is on and we can’t afford daycare.

I hope you can help. Thank you for all you do.”