December 23, 2010

Bruce Roberts Toy Fund: Spare change buys a tree but won't cover gifts

A Gorham mother who gave to the toy fund as a child now needs a bit of generosity herself.

By Deborah Sayer
News Assistant

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GIFT PACKS: The Bruce Roberts Toy Fund uses donations from readers of the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram to buy gifts for children in need, then distributes the gifts. The fund serves Cumberland, York, Lincoln, Sagadahoc and Knox counties. Gift packs, for children 18 and younger, contain items appropriate to each child’s age and gender.

CONTRIBUTIONS: Send donations to the Bruce Roberts Toy Fund, P.O. Box 7310, Portland, ME 04112. Checks should be made out to the Bruce Roberts Toy Fund. Contributions are also accepted at the newspaper’s offices on the fifth floor at One City Center in Portland and online. Donations of securities are also accepted.

DONORS: Names of donors will be published in the Press Herald/Telegram and listed on

This week, there were children who contacted the toy fund to help make Christmas merrier for some of the aforementioned adults.

The Bruce Roberts Toy Fund has received $475 from Cub Scout Pack 47 of Scarborough; $280 from the second-grade students in Mrs. Hawthorne's and Mrs. Small's classrooms at the Windham Primary School; $400 from Waynflete School seniors; and $50 from fourth-graders at the Manchester School in Windham. 

Staff Writer Deborah Sayer can be contacted at 791-6308 or at:


Here are the latest donations to the Bruce Roberts Toy Fund:

Previously acknowledged: $79,312.06

Robert and Julie Carter $100

Anonymous $75

David and Susan Wheatland $100

Marcia and Peter Webber $35

Amvets Post No. 25  $100

Merry Christmas from the 12 C’s $120

Deering Pavilion Residents Council $50

Merry Christmas – The Deans $25

In memory of Don and Dorrice Stimpson $50

In loving memory of Babe and Podge $100

In memory of our loved ones – F.S. $25

In memory of Barry M. Campbell 1947–1995 $100

Barley, I love you, I miss you. – Nannie $50

Richard and Kimberly Brooks $100

In memory of loved ones – Marty and Donna Craine $25

Michael and Joanna Flanders $50

Mickey and Lori Roussin $100

Thomas and Mary Emerson $50

In loving memory of Father Coleman P. O’Toole – John H. Sullivan $25

Kathy and Chuck Degrace $35

From our grandchildren Jen, Kiely, Chris, Tyler, Andrew, Elizabeth, Josiah and Mary $50

In loving memory of Ben Clough –  his family $250

In loving memory of Seamus Nee – The Cloughs $25

In loving memory of Joe Bernier – The Cloughs $25

Julia Swan $25

MiKe Scott $30

Millie and Gillie $100

In memory of Cynthia Lawhorn Oja…the love goes on $75

Anonymous $25

Y.F.III and Sarah Hardcastle $100

The Schnapp/Almy family $100

In memory of my parents, Blanche and Fernald Goulette $50

Guinness and Luna $100

In loving memory of Helen J. Flaherty – RJM $53

Matthew and Jennifer Gilbert $100

In memory of Carroll and Doris Burbank $128

Theodore and Evelyn Brissette $35

Merry Christmas to Bruce and his helpers $100

In memory of Mattie – Tom and Ann Pelosi $100

In loving memory of Debra Chase O’Brion – Mom and Dad $100

In loving memory of Tony Sesto and Kay Nowak $100

Bob and Phyllis Wagstaff $100

Anonymous $100

The Cutler Family $50

In loving memory of my canine buddy, Symba – Vesta R. Rand $25

The Whelan Family $100

In memory of Kevin Durnin. God Bless him $30

Roger W. Dolan $50

In memory of Gatsby $50

In memory of Art R. Riley Jr., his father “Ray” Riley Sr. and “Larry” and Dot Reynolds. Memories of yesterday–Carol Riley $50

David and Kathy Hawkes of Ellsworth $20

North Yarmouth Woodworking  $75

Today’s total: $3,636

Total to date: $82,948.06

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