2014-12-12 / News

Nearly $40,000 in donations received

With only two packing days left, Santa would like to remind all potential applicants that the absolute last day to get an application letter in our mailbox to apply for assistance is 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 15, (this coming Monday.) If the letter has not yet been mailed, it is strongly advised to bring it directly to the Brunswick Post Office. Use the slot for Brunswick mail so that it does not go to Portland for sorting, as it could be delayed and the Santa Fund is not responsible for missing or delayed mail. If you have already mailed your letter, by all means, call the number below if you have not heard from anyone about the box number for pickup. Santa will be picking up the mail early Tuesday morning and whatever mail has been received at that time will be the final batch of applications to be processed. To avoid disappointment, keep these dates in mind as we approach the last days of the 2014 Santa Fund. We do not want to disappoint anyone needing our help but our last day to pack is Tuesday, and the Santa Fund is not responsible for undelivered mail.

Six applicant letters were received Thursday, adding 13 children to the list. We are now at 432 SMILES. This is a significant drop from last year and either there will be an onslaught at the last minute, or the need for help is not as overwhelming as in previous year. That would actually be good news for our communities!

More than $2,600 was received in 19 donations on Thursday pushing the overall total to $39,310.

Gracious thanks go out to the following supporters: $1,500 from employees of B.I.W., $200 from Stetson’s Funeral Home, $100 from Riverwood Properties, LLC, $100 from Scott Gill Enterprises in Memory of Cris Gill and Kenton Nadeau, $100 from Eleanor and Dick — wishing a “Merry Christmas” to all, and $100 was received from Anonymous in Memory of Astrid Daggett, Louise Ricciadone and Jim Rioux, $75 from Kathleen Watson in Memory of Kay and Nate Watson, $50 from Patricia Robinson, $50 from Carol and Gil Schneidewind, $50 from Jane and Ed Roy, $50 from James A. Brokaw II, $50 from Linda and Winthrop Gillis in Memory of Robin Hurst, $50 from Rachel and Merle Gott in Memory of those who have gone before, $25 from Dale Green in Memory of Michael Green, $25 from Jackie Minott in Memory of her husband Bryce, $25 from Anonymous in Memory of Lorette and Felix Charron, $25 from Barbara Johansen in Memory of her husband Arthur, $25 from Joe Kinnard in Memory of Joe Kinnard, and $25 from Linda Holstead in Memory of Ms. Nanette Sue Hinks.

Our service area is Brunswick, Topsham, Bowdoin, Bowdoinham, Richmond, Litchfield, Harpswell, Great Island, Cundy’s Harbor, Orrs Island, Bailey Island, Bath, West Bath, Phippsburg, Sebasco, Woolwich, Arrowsic and Georgetown. Only the custodial parent(s) or legal guardian may apply, and they and the children must reside in one of these towns. No exceptions!

Mail applications and donations to:

The Santa Claus Fund
P.O. Box 278
Brunswick, ME 04011

All donations will be published in the Times Record in the manner you wish: By name, in memory of a loved one, or anonymously. Donations of new toys and games, knitted items, gift cards or cash may be brought to the Elks Club at 179 Park Row in Brunswick, or on Lombard Street in Bath. Just ring the doorbell and someone will assist you.

Applicants, each letter must include:

1) The name and the physical address, as well as a daytime telephone number of the adult applying. A Post Office box address will be rejected. If we have any questions, we will call for clarification.

2) The first and last name of each child, gender, age, and date of birth must be included. Maximum age is 13. No exceptions! We ask for gender because not every name is only used for a boy or girl.

3) Call us a few days after mailing your letter for your box number and pickup location (751-9051). We will also try to reach you, but will not leave a message with a child.

So until next time — Ho! Ho! Ho!

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