Dear Portland Press Herald Toy Fund,

My former husband is in the military and lives out of state. Both my son and I have a medical condition that makes us frequently ill. I am currently in school so that I can be employed and fully take care of my family.

I would greatly appreciate any help for my family to see smiles on my children’s faces. They are teenagers and life has been hard for them. I would like for them to have a good holiday season.

Thank you!

Mom needs help

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 $48,061.


Rona Metcalf $100

Richard Hall $150

In memory of Pete. Angela Plummer $25

In memory of John Porter Sr. From wife Rheta Porter, Grandpa’s boys & Papa’s girls $25

Carles & Pricilla Leveroni $75

Maribeth & Brian Williamson $100

Ivy Rebecca Lodge # 5 $25

In memory of my mom, Thelma Gould. Judie Skofield $25

John & Nancy Cummings $400

Judith & Walter Deskus Jr $100

In memory of my parents and grandmother, Stanley & Violet Oliver & Ethel Blair. Geraldine Oliver $35

In loving memory of Rolene & Austin Frost, my mother, Mary Blake, and my brother Danny Blake. Peggy Bisco $30

In honor of our deceased parents. Patricia & John Garvin $100

Ann Deering $50

Bill & Valerie Sowles $250

Margaret Perkins $25

John R. Freeman $100

Chapter #193 Order of the Eastern Star $15

In memory of Christopher J. Heavey. Bruce R. Mitton $250

In memory of WM.C. Mitton. Bruce R. Mitton $250

In the name of Ann Lowry $200

Merry Christmas. Tina & Johnny Arresta $15

C. Francis Egan $50

Joan & Richard Brooks $300

In memory of our son Ross. Ray Kelso $150

Bryony Brett $25

Janey & Robert Devinney $25

In memory of Ernest & Lela Farnsworth and “Pete” and Mildrid Ballard, from the kids and grandkids $25

In memory of Stan Bennett. Tom & Trish Brigham $50

Edward & Joyce Gervais $100

For Snaggle & Grumpy from Joseph Fagone $25

From Katie, Maggie & Gregory $25

Patricia Buttner $35

In memory of our daughter Allison Broadbent Beahm. Richard & Barbara Broadbent $50

In memory of Idolyn Dunning. Gail Kinney $100

Tucker says Merry Christmas. Steve & Kathi $25

In memory of Paul Sferes from his wife, Jeanette Sferes $200

Anne & Bob Hall $50

For Patty Bruns from Edna Morrison $25

In loving memory of Harold L. Lewis and Mr. & Mrs. Percy Bickford $50

Merry Christmas to kids everywhere. Sandy Magnacca $25

In memory of Sally Lutyens. Sarah Speare $25

Merry Christmas from Anthony, Abigail, Christopher and Patrick $30

The staff at Bolduc Eye Care. Shelly, Stevie, Stephanie and Sarah $100

Suzanne & Cornelius McGinn $500

In loving memory of Bill Garrity, husband, father, uncle, friend. The Garrity Family $100

Dan & Jeanne Sullivan $40

In memory of Timothy J. Powell Sr. in honor of his 100th birthday from his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren $250

Delores, Linda, and Ann $50

In honor of Sam, Kevin, and Jake – Susan & Jerome Goldberg $150

In memory of Tommie C., Dad C., and Dad O. Linda & John Ouillette $25

Merry Christmas from Bud & Ginny $100

In memory of Mark & Faye $100

To all children. Anonymous $10

To Carter, Sadie, Noah, Ethan, Hannah, Isaac. Ryan. Dick Curry $100

For my granddaughter, Jordan Martindale. Phyllis Boyle $250

Ruth & George Goforth $100

In memory of Richard, Margaret, Dick & Bob. Patricia & Donn Storey $100

In loving memory of my husband, Bob Davis. Betsy Davis $50

Leslie Fleisher $25

Love and Peace, Susan Norris $50

Earl & Stasia Goodwin $50

Anonymous $50

In memory of A.J. Alves of Peaks Island. Howard & Cynthia Pedliker $36

In memory of Fred Stearns. From Ray & Sharon $25

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