Dear Portland Press Herald Toy Fund,

I’m a divorced dad with custody of my two children. By the time I pay my bills, I am lucky to have $20 left from my paycheck. I have been working for 31 years and have never asked for help. I am stretched so thin and would really like to be able to give my children a little something this year. They have been so good.

Thank you for your consideration,

Dad needs help

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 $51,761.

Donors:

Craig Linscott $100

In memory of Elston & Larry $100

In memory of our grandsons Seamus Nee & Benjamin Clough from Kathryn & Thomas Nee $50

Nancy & Michael Mancini $200

In memory of Murray Tenney of Falmouth $25

Christone Palmer & Arian Eigan Heald $100

In memory of Sean, our son and brother, from the Caseys $150

In memory of Mum $20

In memory of Josie, from Pamela Knowler Lawrason $50

William W. Poole $50

In memory of Frank S. O’Donnell $50

Raymond & Jane Dupee $25

In memory of Mike Johnson Sr. from wife Dale $20

Donna & Greg Barmore $200

Staff at Sevee Maher Engineers $700

Anonymous $50

In memory of Al and Phyllis St.Clair $25

Isabelle & Harold Schumaher – Doris Lyons $25

Anonymous $100

Jeff, Ellen & Connor Worthing $75

Richard & Jane Petersen $500

In loving memory of our parents, Carl & Millie Maksut $50

In loving memory of our parents, Joseph & Jacqueline Gagne $50

From my grandchildren – Lia, Joshua, Emma, Adriana, Anna & Robbie $50

David Dyer $50

Thank you for helping! Ken Cheney $100

In honor of Grandmother, Sue and Paul, Dick and Jean, Kel and Eline, KC and Alice, Love and Merry Christmas, Dick and Evie Tonneson $500

In memory of lost loved ones, the Fryes $35

In memory of John Fryling, from Sandra Britten $100

In loving memory of Marion, Bud, Brian and Drew $150