Dear Press Herald Toy Fund,

We have been homeless for the past year and a half. We have finally gotten an apartment but it is costing a lot more than we make. Without help, Santa can’t come to our house. Any help would be so great. Thank you so much.

Thank you from a family trying to make it.

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 $23,480.


James Puiia…$40

In memory of Bill & Alice Amero…$50

Paul Loring…$100

Christine Johnson…$100

Phillip & Linda Coupe…$100

Janet Kantz & Davis Loranger…$50

Charles R Barr…$600

In loving memory of David Poirier…$15

Nancy Johnson…$200

Barbara and Carlton Meyers…$25

Donna Emery…$20

In memory of my family from Joanne Stackpole…$25

In memory of Dina Kuchar…$50

Burnell’s Towing…$50

Max & Linda Freeman…$50

Jane Wilbur Perlowski, Susan Wilbur Collier, granddaughters of Robert Beith…$100

Thomas & Mary Emerson…$50


12 c’s…$120

Gayle, Marie & “Red” Crapser and John & Lorena Knight…$25

In memory of Dad, who loved Christmas…$50

In memory of my husband, Joseph Chaisson, who always gave to the fund…$25

Happy holidays to all from Charlotte & Rick Coggins…$100

In memory of Diana Candage…$25

Fred and Nancy Bernard Jones…$100

In loving memory of my husband, Leroy – Joan…$25

In loving memory of Evelyn O’Conner, from Rosemary & Dick Halpin…$200

Tiffany Townsend…$150


Merry Christmas from the Winslow family grandchildren –Lincoln & Tyler…$100


Nancy, John & Andrew…$25

Carlton & Joan Leach…$25

In loving memory of Ralph & Hazel Moore, Elizabeth McKague and Roland Hughes…$20

In loving memory of my mom, Elfriede Bamford, and my husband, Tim Crilley…$30

In memory of Ken Cleaves and Lane Fraser, both of whom loved Christmas…$50

From Elaine and Steve…$100

Kate is my friend and she loves Grampy…$25

A donation from summer folk at SVW…$250

Happiest of holidays. Rich and Linda Robichaud…$50

William & Mary Lairsey…$50