The leaves are turning colors, the temperature is dropping and the holidays are around the corner. Every year at this time we are reminded that there are many local families who, for whatever reason, are having a rough time financially. Thankfully the Caring Community of Gray New Gloucester is once again gearing up to help.

The CCGNG is a volunteer group organized in 2007 to provide holiday assistance to individuals, senior citizens, and families in the towns of Gray and New Gloucester in the form of Thanksgiving food baskets, Christmas food baskets and gifts for school aged children 18 and under.

Each year the CCGNG accepts applications for holiday assistance from area families and then solicits sponsors to provide the food baskets and gifts at the holidays.

Applications for Thanksgiving assistance are now available and completed forms are due back no later than Monday, Nov. 3. The forms recently were distributed in the elementary school totes and can also be picked up as well as dropped off at the elementary schools, the Gray Public Library and both Gray and New Gloucester Town Halls in the designated CCGNG boxes.

With more than 90 Thanksgiving food baskets distributed last year and more than 160 at Christmas, there is a definite need for holiday help.

It is through the generous donations of individuals, churches, civic organizations school clubs, businesses, and groups within the GNG community that the CCGNG is able to provide food some holiday food and cheer. And every year there are more families than there are sponsors, so monetary donations are needed and appreciated. Donations can be sent to CCGNG, PO Box 1244, Gray, ME 04039.

Anyone interested in becoming a sponsor for Thanksgiving can contact Kathy George at [email protected] and for Christmas contact Mike Marcotte at [email protected].

Thank you, in advance, for donating money or becoming a sponsor…and for helping your neighbors in need!

Claudette Simms


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