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 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 $6,600.

Each day of the toy fund campaign, the Press Herald will run letters from applicants:

I have guardianship of my granddaughter and as a single grandmother, it’s been difficult to keep up with the bills.

It would be nice if I could afford to buy special things for her, but right now, I can’t. Any and all help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

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