A young mother and her 3-year-old son have been through some dark times, including being homeless during the holidays a year ago.

Now, she has a job and an apartment in Greater Portland, and she wants to give her son the kind of Christmas he missed last year.

So the single mom wrote a letter to the Press Herald Toy Fund to ask for help with gifts she still cannot afford.

“I work full time to provide for my family with little help. My son loves music and singing, along with cars, trucks and books,” she wrote.

“My bills leave me with very little money during the month for extra things. We just moved into our apartment so we don’t have a lot and I’m working to fix that.

“Last year at Christmas, we were homeless, so he didn’t get to have a Christmas experience, which killed me as a mother. Now that we have an apartment and a stable situation, I would like to give my son a little light after the darkness.

“It would mean a lot to me and my family for any help you could give.”

• THE PRESS HERALD TOY FUND in the Spirit of Bruce Roberts uses donations from readers to provide toys to thousands of Maine children who might otherwise not receive holiday gifts because of hardships faced by their parents. Now in its 70th year, the fund is accepting applications for toys from needy families in York, Cumberland, Sagadahoc, Androscoggin, Lincoln and Knox counties.

• DONATIONS to help buy the toys can be made at pressheraldtoyfund.org 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.

• FOR MORE INFORMATION, call 791-6672 or go to: pressheraldtoyfund.org.


Mary Chris Semrow  $100
Merry Christmas! From the Stowell family  $100
In memory of Margaret Anderson  $100
In loving memory of Alice Davis from Debbie & Mick  $50
In honor of my Aunt Shirley Brown & Aunt Dorothy Hamilton  $100
In memory of Gretchen from Dick  $100
In memory of Althea Noyes  $50
For Margaret who loved Christmas, from Jack & Katie Mann  $100
Betsy Krementz  $200
Brian & Sandra Livingston  $100

Year to date: $36,476.50


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