Dear Portland Press Herald Toy Fund,

My husband is in the military and is very busy. We have moved to Maine from Florida and it is hard to get used to the changes. We have three small children. One is in pre-school, one is 2 and the other is 8 weeks old.

I am very busy taking care of our children, but with moving and adjusting to a whole different life without family around, I am overwhelmed. We stretch our money, but it is tight.

I would greatly appreciate some help for my family. If you can help relieve some of my stress, I would be grateful.

Thank you!

– Military move stretches budget



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 $96,420.28.

Anonymous $20

“JOCIJIANNA” Donating for 64 years $500


Anonymous $50

Gorham Superintendent’s Office $150

Kristen Damuth $25

Ridgeland Estates Residents $50

Santa Peter Castonia $100

In honor of my son, also a single dad $100


Marguerite Ryan $100

Eleanor Blanchard $25

In memory of Blanche (G.G.) Huntley, Virgil (Pa) Plaisted and Louis (Gramps) Peters – John Peters $75

From the students of Burchard Dunn Elementary School $447.11

In memory of Bill & Max – Sandra Smith $100

In honor of Newtown victims 26 acts of kindness $26


In memory of Joe & Nora Nappi – Mellen Street Market $100

Beth Gallie $50

In memory of Carolyn Scott Thibedeau – William Scott $100

Anonymous $100

Cookie $25

Presumpscot School students & staff $287.40


The workers of D&G Machine Products Inc $915

In loving memory of John Connolly (1967-2012) – Sherrin Connolly $50

In memory of Phillip Dion, my nephew $25

To help the less fortunate – The Turners $75

Mary Sullivan $30

Phyllis & Bob Wagstaff $100


In loving memory of George and Lee – Marjorie Twombly $1,000

In loving memory of my husband, Leonard W. Bucklin – Priscilla Bucklin $25

Victoria Cloutier $500

In memory of my family – Helen Noonan $100

William Johnson $250

John & Diane Devlin $25


In loving memory of Lola & Raymond Leavitt – Herbert & Jackie Gray $25

In loving memory of Belinda & Leslie Gray – Herbert & Jackie Gray $25

In memory of Phillis Crommett – Barry Crommett $100

In memory of Mary Martin –Dr. Peter Morse $50

Peter Murray $100

Judy Benoit $50


In loving memory of our husband and father, Don – The Clark family $50

In memory of L. Phillip Bernier – Susan Bernier..$200

James Clark $50

Lucille and Eugene Clark $25

In memory of George A. Stewart Jr. – Melanie & Paul Stewart $50

In memory of Paul & Ann Chandler – Melanie & Paul Stewart $50


Acadia, Zackary & Ganon Stewart – Melanie & Paul Stewart $50

Risk Placement Services Inc. $162.25

Remembering Duly and Mat at Christmas – Jean & Paul Kelly $50

Whitney & Maria Drake $100

James Redwine Jr. $100

In memory of Anne Sutton Coletti – John & Elizabeth Bagonzi $50


In memory of Doris Hardy, Richard W. Hall & William Graybeal – Deborah Hall & Amy Greybeal $100

Anonymous $25

Family of Bob’s Welding Service, Bob, Terry, Jess, Tim, Abby Sam, Rob, Trish, Chris & Jen $200

To help bless another family –Sandra Greenleaf $30

Happy Holidays! – Haley & Aldrich Inc. $100

Marjorie & Paul Corbeau $50


In memory of loved ones – Tom & Linda Strout $100

Westbrook Knights of Columbus $100

In memory of my husband, Ron – Mary Brown $50

In memory of Dad – Cheryl Perdue $25

The Brown School, South Portland, Community Collection $559.43

Matt & Will $250


Beverly Hastings $25

In memory of Evelyn Souza $25

In lieu of one gift – Damen C. Chandler $25

For the joy of children – June Delano $250

In honor of Margaret M. LaRose from her children $50

Happy Holidays – Royal River Boat $500


In loving memory of Nana, (Ellen Graham) – Patricia Graham $25

From the Kurlanski family $100

In memory of Bruce Day $100

In memory of Marilyn Butler, from her family – Deanne Parker $165

The Spirit of Christmas $100

Merry Christmas – Dina Jellison $50


In honor of Kathy and Pat $25

Merry Christmas from the Gleason family $100

In honor of Mary Melville –Jennifer Melville $50

In memory of Virginia Dorr –Russell Dorr $100

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