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 to receive toys and – for the 65th year – readers of the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram are encouraged to put smiles on children’s faces during the holiday season.

Applications can be downloaded at or picked up at the Welcome Center desk on the fifth floor of One City Center in Portland. Call 791-6672 to have one mailed to you.

Donations also can 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 $250,000. The total raised so far is $5,775.

Each day of the toy fund campaign, the Press Herald will run a letter from an applicant:

Dear Press Herald Toy Fund,

I am writing to ask for help. I am enduring significant financial hardship and have been struggling to meet my family needs. I have recently been given guardianship of my brother’s child, who has his own needs. I take care of him and my own toddler. Things have been very hard. It is difficult to meet monthly expenses. Christmas has me very worried. I would hope that you will be able to help me provide some happiness with gifts.

Thank you very much.

Worried mother and aunt


Dorothy Kelleher Merry Christmas! $100

Anonymous $100

Linda Ford $25

Merry Christmas from Christine & Willie $250

Elizabeth Johnson $50

Paul & Dale Cronin $300

James Puiia $240

In memory of Richard F. Foss $100

Beacon Chapter OES #202 National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association Casco Bay Chapter 206, for all you do to brighten holidays for children $50

AMVETS Post No. 25 Charles J. Loring Jr. $100

Garrand Agency event match $966

Anonymous $5

Richard Hubbell match $50

William Pond match $200

Bon Ton Christmas in July promotion $3,119

In loving memory of a good friend from childhood, Frances Smith Plain. May you rest in peace with God, from Albert (Sonny) & Alta Aceto $20

In memory of Francine Plain, Soroptomist Intl of Pocomoke City $50

Total year to date $5,775