Dear Portland Press Herald Toy Fund,

In March, my husband was laid off from his job. He found a job three months later, but he is making half of his former pay.

We are trying hard to catch up and we are on a strict payment plan with our landlord for back rent. We have no extra money for Christmas, and help for presents would be so good.

Thank you so much for any help.

– Trying to catch up

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 $54,805.


Thank you for running this annual fund $50

Donation made on behalf of Kerry Norton $25

To bring more smiles – Hilary & Peter Terhune $50

Ann Tracy & John Kreutzberger $50

In memory of Wrigley $100

Merry Christmas. To the true meaning of Christmas $50

Happy Holidays – Besty Johnson $50

In honor of my children Maura, Devin and Paddy – Louise Gorman $250

In honor of our little boys, Willy and Sammy $100

May God Bless! – Kevin Parker $30

In memory of Jodie – Karen Lane $50

Merry Christmas to the children! $104

In loving memory of our loving parents Joane Claire Audie and Conard George Audie $25

Merry Christmas – David DuBay $25

For kids who ever heard “Santa couldn’t come” $100

In memory of Laurel, Ken, Althea and Phil – Kurt Marston $100

Merry Christmas from Callie Banksmith! $50

Merry Christmas from Mimi Banksmith! $50

Merry Christmas! $50

In memory of Dr. John Makin $50

In loving memory, Memere & Papere Bilodeau – Diane Burgess $25

In Loving memory of Auntie June $250

From the Friends of Bow Street Market $250


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