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 downloaded at pressheraldtoyfund.org or call 791-6672 to have one mailed to you, or pick one up at the Welcome Center desk on the fifth floor of One City Center in Portland.

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 8,040.

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

We have three young children. I have been unemployed for a bit due to having a sick child at home.

We only have one income and can barely get by with bills, etc.

My daughter is sick and I am the one to take care of her and take her back and forth to doctor’s appointments. She has been out of school and in the hospital.

We would truly appreciate any help. Thank you from our hearts.