Some of the most enthusiastic supporters of the Press Herald Toy Fund are also the youngest.

And Lucy Kenney of Cumberland is no exception.

Ten-year-old Lucy and her mother, Maura, spent an entire weekend and every evening for the following week baking cookies, breads, brownies and other treats. Then Lucy, with help from her family, sold the goodies during a weekend at Sunday River Ski Resort.

The result was a $100 check for the toy fund, helping make sure children she doesn’t even know will have gifts at the holidays.

Maura said Lucy has a knack for business and for baking.

“She likes the setup of having a sale and a cash drawer and she likes making signs for all the baked goods. She enjoys the business of it and she’s a good little helper in the kitchen,” Maura said.


Lucy, a fifth-grader at Greely Middle School, said it just made sense to donate the proceeds.

“It was around Christmastime and I thought about some of the presents everyone would get, but I realized that some people don’t get presents on Christmas ’cause they can’t afford them. So me and my mom decided to give the money to the toy fund,” Lucy said.

Both mother and daughter said it was a lot more work than they expected, but totally worth it.

“I would love to do another bake sale anytime I could, but it’s a lot of work. It took a week for me and my mom to make all of our treats,” said Lucy.

“It was a really nice project for us to do together and think about kids who are not as fortunate as we are,” Maura said.

The Portland Press Herald Toy Fund in the Spirit of Bruce Roberts is using donations from readers young and old to provide toys to thousands of Maine children who might otherwise not receive holiday gifts because of hardships faced by their parents. Bruce Roberts was the pen name of the newspaper columnist who co-founded the fund in 1949.


The fund – now in its 68th year – is accepting applications for toys from needy families in Cumberland, York, Sagadahoc, Lincoln, Androscoggin and Knox counties.

Donations to help buy the toys can be made at 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.


Merry Christmas! Arianna, Logan and Jaide $100

Anonymous $50

In memory of Colville and Tome related family loved ones – Cliff Colville $100


Anonymous $100

Libby Moore $100

Atlantic Sportswear Team $100

In memory of Jane and Don $35

Anonymous $100

In honor of Lilly, Elizabeth, Howa and Lillian – the Law family $100


Sibyl Haley $100

Anonymous $50

Happy Holidays 4270 – Julie Withers $100

In memory of Lori Lynn Fletcher $100

In memory of Mom, Dad, and Randy Mooers, and especially Judy Curran, who always made Christmas special $75

In memory of Buckwheat, Cheetah-Bop, Zeus, Sammy, Pugsly, and Murph the Surf – Love, Crouton $25


We wish you a Merry Christmas! $25

Merry Christmas! Kate and John Bargh $100

Marilyn and Harold McWilliams

Anonymous $100

Anonymous $100

Peace on Earth! $100


In memory of Derek Crowe $100

Lucretia Smith $50

In memory of Eleanor May – The Johnson family $100

Anonymous $20

In memory of Joe Bernier $150

Anonymous $20


In memory of Nick Schutt $50

Kyra Jeanne $150

In memory of Larry & Evelyn Moran $100

Merry Christmas! Mason $50

In loving memory of Dad and Nana (Donald and Ellen Graham) from Patty Graham $20

Merry Christmas! Adriana and Brady Moon $50


Anonymous $150

In memory of Kirsten Angela Terhune, from Mom, Dad, Penelope, and Ben $50

In loving memory of sisters Lorraine and Patricia, from Richard and Nancy Long $50

Just helping to make a difference – Jeff & Roger $20

In memory of my mother, Elfriede Bamford, who loved Christmas – Patricia Bamfor f d-Crilley $25

Peace on Earth! Izzy, Eva, and Atlas Joyce – the Joyce Foundation $200


Merry Christmas! Dick and Andy Hall $50

Massabesic Ladies Group $115

I hope this helps! Merry Christmas! $100

Richard & Leslie Fischer $75

Merry Christmas from Lakin and Olivia $50

Portland Longshoremen’s Benevolent Society $250

John & Lynda Wilson $50

Anonymous $50

Year to date: $100,547.

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