Donations exceed $ 200,000 for the Toy Fund

For the second year in a row, newspaper readers have donated over $ 200,000 to brighten the holidays for Maine children whose families are going through tough times.

The 72-year-old Press Herald Toy Fund, in the mind of Bruce Roberts, has seen its annual fundraising decline in recent years, but the pandemic has forced more families to seek help and prompted more readers to donate money to ensure that thousands of deserving children receive unwrapped gifts.

“This is a very good sign,” said Kathleen Meade, longtime director of the Press Herald Toy Fund. Meade said many new donors have made donations in memory of family members who have been staunch supporters of the fund in years past. And many more were first-time donors who had just learned of the effort, Meade said.

Donations from readers of the Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram, The Sun Journal in Lewiston and The Times Record in Brunswick enable the toy fund to deliver gifts to thousands of children in need in York counties, Cumberland , Sagadahoc, Lincoln, Androscoggin and Knox. To help you, go to

Donations continue to arrive (they are accepted year round) and newspapers will continue to publish the names of donors in the coming days.


In loving memory of Rebecca Fox Carr and her brother Howard Fox. Love, Bill Carr $ 50
John and Jean Northrop $ 100
In loving memory of our great Grampy Toby, Audrey, Eva and Tobin $ 100
In memory of Clifford and Lauretta Babkirk, who both loved the magic of Christmas! Beverly Bridges $ 50
In Memory of Gam & Bump $ 100
In Honor of Our Grandchildren – Reese, Ryan and Jordan $ 100
In Memory of Nana and Grampy Brown $ 100
In memory of Betsy $ 100
In memory of Richard Collins, my husband, his wife and son $ 50
Robert & Phyllis Wagstaff $ 100
Miss Portland Dinner $ 500
Benjamin Soule $ 50
CEFD Pipe Company # 2,200 $
In memory of Mom and Dad, Joyce and Kathy, Mike $ 75
Ben and Mary Pratt $ 100
In Memory of Ray D. Gibson $ 20
In memory of Busler Filiault and Bill Usher – both loved all the kids $ 100
In memory of the Conant family, Reed and McAloney. From Dorothy and Ed McAloney $ 50
In Honor of Our Grandchildren – Maggie, Jane, Charlie and Ella $ 100
Allie and Sophie $ 35
With thanks to Ellen $ 25
Laddie Deemer $ 100
Anonymous $ 100
For our dear friend, Teresa, in honor of her mom, Charlotte $ 125
In memory of our parents, Dorothea & Dick Bartlett, and Marcel & Jeannette Gendron. Forever Missed, Rick & Jeannine $ 50
Anonymous $ 100
Merry Christmas from Piper. We are blessed to have it $ 50
Gary and Cindy Beck $ 50
In Memory of Ed Needham $ 100
From Addison, Preston and Moses $ 100
In loving memory of Justin Robinson, Jeff & Anita $ 100
Anonymous $ 100
In Honor of Luca and Owen Turnbull $ 100
Bo Norris and Cathy Houlihan $ 500
In honor of our granddaughter Lucy. From Pop Pop and Nannie $ 100
Anonymous $ 50

TOTAL TO DATE: $ 200,509.53

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