The Portland Press Herald Toy Fund uses donations from readers to provide toys to about 7,000 Maine children each year who might otherwise not have received holiday gifts because of hardships faced by their parents.

The fund – now in its 65th year – provides toys for needy families in Cumberland, York, Sagadahoc, Lincoln and Knox counties.

Donations continue to be accepted and will help buy toys for next Christmas. Donations can be made on the website or by writing checks to the Portland Press Herald Toy Fund and mailing them to the fund at P.O. Box 7310, Portland, ME 04112.

The campaign’s fundraising goal this season is $250,000. The total raised so far is $118,178.30.


Anonymous … $50

In memory of Dr. and Mrs. Roderick A. Macdonald from Tom, Connie and family … $25

John McKeon … $35

In honor of grandchildren … $100

In memory of Barbara Nichols and Lawson Nichols … $150

Charles Hedrick Jr. … $25

In memory of my parents, Simone Ramsay Joyce and William Ramsey, who both so loved to celebrate Christmas … $100

Elizabeth Allegretta … $100

John A. Dresser …. $10

Mr. and Mrs. Z.J. Kurlanski … $150

Year to date: $118,178.30