Dear Press Herald Toy Fund,

We are married. I am a waitress at a seafood restaurant and my husband is currently unemployed. We have three daughters. We live in a small apartment and this year we are living paycheck to paycheck. This year has been very tough with my husband unable to find work.

I am not sure we could buy anything for our daughters for the first time ever. Thank you so much for listening to me. I hope you can help us. 

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 $27,445.