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 $16,815.

Dear Press Herald Toy Fund,

We have five kids and this time of year is very hard. I had an accident in 2010 and still can’t work due to the chronic back pain from it. My husband was laid off in January 2013. He hasn’t been able to work since.

It has been a struggle paying bills and keeping a roof over our heads. If you can help us put something under the tree for our kids, we would really appreciate the help. Thanks. 

- Struggling to keep up