June 27, 2022

Santa’s Helper fills neighbors’ needs

Reading the letters to The Salvation Army and the Santa’s Helper Fund, one can draw similarities among the tough situations facing people in our area. A common problem seems to be that there are not enough funds remaining at the end of a month, after paying the bills, to buy gifts for the children.

One family writes that they were able to afford gifts in the past, but since moving to a new home, they are financially strapped. The mother is attending school in an effort to get a solid job in the future, but still must rely on food stamps and other governmental assistance to get by. A donation to the Santa’s Helper Fund will assist families in such tight situations by providing gifts and basic necessities this holiday season. Consider lending someone a helping hand, and join the many contributors to the Santa’s Helper Fund.

These are Santa’s recent donors: Jack Gifford of Bangor, $25 in memory of Cindy Crain; unknown contributor, $10; Anonymous in Bangor, $100 in memory of the Christmas Fairy, Arlyne; and Harold Crosby Jr. of Bangor, $25.

Virginia Sayko of Orrington, $10; Stella Foster and Lorraine Hilton give $20 in memory of mother and grandmother Louise Curtis, a lifetime member of The Salvation Army; Stella Foster and Lorraine Hilton, $20 in memory of husband and father Joseph Foster.

William Hubble of Levant, $20; Betty Trask of Winterport, $20 in memory of Paul “Bumpie” Trask; Beverly Everbeck of Searsport, $25 in memory of her husband of 531/2 years, Frederick H. Everbeck, who passed away last year.

John and Charlene Bunker of Medway, $25 in loving memory of Lily and Otho Stanley; Grace Hesseltine of Milford, $25; Woodrow and Margaret MacDonald of Millinocket, $25; Marshall Darling of Camden, $50.

Kent Ward of Winterport, $25; Frederick Overlook of Carmel, $25; Good Sam Chapter 29 The Katahdin No Knots, $75; Lamont and Debbie Ouellette and family in East Millinocket, $50.

A $10 donation in memory of Arnold Worster from wife Roberta, kids and grandkids; $10 in memory of Stuart and Lorraine Worster; Marty and Candice Bendick, $50; Don and Patty Morin of Old Town, $25.

The Svendsen family of Bangor, $100; employees of the Bangor Mall Mail Boxes Etc., $50; Anonymous in Alton, $25; Philip and Clara Taylor of Old Town, $25.

Sally Swallow of Brewer, $20 in memory of her brother George M. Landry; Pittis family of Bangor, $50 in memory of “Darby” and Aunt Deb; Williams family of Lamoine, $50.

Anonymous in Holden, $200; Sandra and Robert Fitts of Brewer, $25; Polly and Jerry McKay of Brewer, $20; Donald Davis of Guilford, $25; Dick and Winnie Elderkin of Parkman, $25 in memory of their son, Butch Elderkin.

Missy Harris of Old Town, $25 in memory of her father, Joe Clark; Anonymous in Sebec Village, $50; Anonymous in Hampden, $30; AFSA Chapter 152 c/o Joseph C. Rump, $25.

Virginia and Leonard Ritchie of Perry, $25; Maxine and Henry Hunter of Macwahoc, $15 in memory of her mother, Ferne Pratt Jones.

Help us reach our fund-raising goal of collecting $50,000 in the next 25 days. Send contributions to the Santa’s Helper Fund, P.O. Box 1329, Bangor 04402-1329. All contributors will be recognized in the NEWS unless anonymity is requested.

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