Dear Portland Press Herald Toy Fund,

I am a newly single mom of two beautiful children, I was a stay-at-home mother for three years, but due to the end of our abusive relationship, I am re-entering the working world. I am working on obtaining my CNA and hopefully, that will help me get a good job so that I can support my family without relying on anyone else.

My income right now is very limited. Luckily, we have been taken in by relatives while I am in school. This provides us with housing and basic daily help.

My daughters have been great, dealing with our new “lifestyle.” I am heartbroken that I have put them in this situation. I would like help to give them a happy Christmas. Please help if you can.

– Newly single mom of two 

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 $35,425.

Donors:

In memory of Amy St Laurent, the Darneilles $75

Donald Starr $200

In memory of Rocco Marzilli, Sr by Barbara Varney $100

Happy holidays! Gary Perlmutter $25

Merry Christmas to Tim Follo! $35

Happy holidays! Margaret Groban $100

In loving memory of Patricia M Talbot, from Dick & Cheryl Talbot $50

For Ruth and Ebe from David Abbiati $50

Love to Cory, Alicia, Makayla & Ava $50

Gerri & Peter Bridgman $25

From our grandchildren – Jen, Kiely,Chris, Tyler, Ma $50

In memory of Bill & Connie Murphy & Bob Carleton $50

In memory of Harry Burnham of Limerick, Maine, from Ted Baltas $50

In memory of Rita Baltas of Limerick, Maine, from Ted Baltas $50

Merry Christmas to the children from Timothy Whitney $25

In memory of Dan Olsten from laurie Minot $50

Merry Christmas! C Sam & Marjorie DiBiase $50

Anonymous $100

Merry Christmas from Rick & Janet Wolf $50

Happy holidays from Luka & Lydia $25

From Millie & Gillie $100

Merry Christmas! $100

From Jack & Xander $250

In honor of Daisy $100

In honor of Leslie Grimes-Fischer from Richard Fischer $100

I wish you all a very Merry Christmas! $100

In memory of Whit Steele $50

In memory of Aunt Elsine and Micki’s mom Judy from Michele Meggison $350

Happy holidays and many blessings in 2014! $100

In memory of my children, Rory and Ashleigh, Darlene McCall $100

Happy holidays from Harrison Wirth, Theodore Wirth $100

Betty Bailey $25

Toys for kids! David Ward $100

Lori J Boyle $25

In lieu of local Christmas cards from Rachel & Carl Akin $40

Diana Washburn $100

Jane Rowell $100

Laura George Almeida $30

In memory of our parents: Norman and Alda Roy, and Edmund and Pearl Conley Love, David + Jo Anne Roy $25

Love from Ross, Sam, and Cooper $56

Gertrude & Galen Foltz $50

Patricia & Jerrell Messner $25

From The Jordans $15

In memory of my sister Dora. Concetta Lavigne $25

Lauren Goldsmith $50

Michael and Mabeth Deluca $50

Tom & Diana Allen $250

In loving memory of Hedy. Brian, Debbie & Reid $50

Westbrook Senior Organization $50

Elizabeth Shively $25

Harry Konkel $500

Anonymous $50

In memory of Warren Barter who loved Christmas, from his family $25

Michael & Mary Booth $200

The Jurgen Family $50

Peter Cinelli $50

Jenifer Stewart $50

In memory of Ralph and Barbara Patterson – Sally Lou Patterson $25

For Honey Bunny. R. Lamb $25

To my father James F Knudsen. From Sharon Savage $100

Mary & Richard Lobuglio $50

A joyous Christmas to all the children. From Nicholas and Andrew Varipatis $25

Bill & Joyce Chayer $150

In loving Memory of Bob Thomas, Jo Anne V Thomas $25

In memory of William and Edna Shattuck who made Christmas special, from their loving family $425