Wednesday, April 23, 2014
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And with that, the Munjoy Hill Mothers Club -- headquartered in the heart of Marie Trott -- was born.
Truth be told, the Christmas Party wasn't easy for Marie in her final years. With her eyesight all but gone, she'd slowly patrol the aisles at Walmart, squinting at the price tags as she stretched her donated dollars into so many toys.
"We wrap them and tag each one with the age and 'Boy' or 'Girl,'" said York. "Then, when the kids come in and register, we take off that tag and put on the child's name."
Last year's party, fueled in large part by lingering grief just six months after Marie's death, attracted 129 kids from all over Munjoy Hill.
This year, the party planning started off well enough: The Trott family held a bake sale the week before Thanksgiving and raised $90 of the $125 fee to rent the hall. (They dug into their pockets for the rest.)
They also lined up Santa and Mrs. Claus. (Another $25, for a gift card to show the family's appreciation).
And they sent out 125 invitations to the East End Community School and one or two day care centers in the neighborhood -- as part of the tradition, the teachers and staffs discreetly hand out invites to the kids most in need.
The problem is the gifts.
The goal was to raise $1,000, but by Thursday donations totaled just over $500. At $10 to $15 per gift, that translates into 50 or more kids who, perish the thought, might go home empty-handed.
York could blame it all on the 7-Eleven thief, but she's not going there.
"Apparently someone needed that jar more than us," she said. "That's what my mom would have said."
Instead, even as she tries mightily to channel Marie's undying faith that things always have a way of working out, York hopes enough people will read this and come to the rescue.
Want to help?
Call York, right now, at 518-3169. Or call her brother, Stephen Trott, at 653-2341. Or you can drop off a donation or gift at York's home atop Munjoy Hill -- 17 Merrill St., Apartment 2.
Or, if all else fails, stop by The Root Cellar at 94 Washington Ave. any time after 1 p.m. Saturday. A modestly priced toy, a $10 or $20 bill, it's your call.
Just tell them Marie sent you.
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