Free bus rides offered to Hannaford shoppers

The Sanford Hannaford Supermarket & Pharmacy and York County Community Action Corp. have partnered to launch the Sanford Bus Token Project to provide free bus rides for those who shop at the store. Anyone who purchases $10 in groceries can ask for two tokens – each good for a free one-way bus ride.

To date, the program that began in late December has given out more than 400 rider tokens. These tokens are good on the Sanford Transit bus as well as the Monday and Wednesday local rides bus, and have no expiration date.

“Many older people and individuals who don’t drive regularly appreciate the free rides, especially with all the snow this winter,” said Sanford Hannaford store manager Ron Sullivan.

The Sanford Transit bus, which is open to the public, has operated since 1983, and runs from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. The route begins at Railroad Avenue and Pleasant Street in Springvale, includes a swing up past the hospital and continues south to the shopping center in South Sanford, then reverses the route.

For more details, call Connie Garber, YCCAC transportation director, at 459-2930.


Students raise $1,376 for soup kitchen

Armed with a desire to help those most in need, members of the youth ministry program at St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish recently stood outside all of the parish’s weekend Masses to accept donations to fill soup pots with money for the St. Vincent de Paul Soup Kitchen in Portland.

Thanks to the generosity of parishioners, the students collected $1,376 at three Masses. The collection was part of the Souper Bowl of Caring, a national initiative that inspires youth across the nation to fight hunger and poverty in their community.

St. Vincent de Paul Soup Kitchen operates out of Guild Hall at 307 Congress St. It is run by an international Catholic volunteer organization.

For more details, call Dave Guthro at 321-7810 or email [email protected]


Donations will provide fuel assistance

Casco Cares is asking for the community’s help to provide emergency fuel assistance to town residents.

The nonprofit charitable organization, formed in 2010, exists to provide one-time fuel assistance in each heating season to Casco residents who do not qualify for town, state, PROP or other sources of aid and find themselves in an emergency situation.

Fundraising jars are set up at various public locations throughout the town. Checks also may be made out to Casco Cares and mailed to Casco Cares, P.O. Box 22, Casco, ME 04015.

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