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December 27, 2004

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Effort gives kids a reason to smile, today of all days ; The Toy Fund strives to ease the heartache detailed in so many families' applications.

Portland Press Herald (Maine); 12/25/2004; ANN S. KIM Staff Writer

Thousands of children from struggling families in York, Cumberland, Lincoln, Sagadahoc and Knox counties found presents under Christmas trees today thanks to the many people who contributed their time, money and effort to the Bruce Roberts Toy Fund.

"We've served so many children," said Kathleen Meade, the fund's director. "So many happy faces out there."
The holidays, of course, are supposed to be a time of cheer, but heartache weighs heavily on many Maine families this year. Misfortune after misfortune was chronicled in the many applications to the Toy Fund.

The hardships are very different, but all who sought help hoped the generosity of others will put smiles on their children's faces.

"We love our son and feel he deserves a day where it's all about him and he can just be a kid," a mother from Cumberland County wrote. "He is so excited about Christmas and looking forward to Santa bringing him toys. We can't bear to disappoint him."

The family of this 3-year-old boy has endured a lot this year. His father suddenly lost his job and was without work for moths. During this time, he had to start kidney dialysis. He has end-stage renal failure and is waiting for kidney and pancreas transplants. He has been hospitalized twice for a week at a time and had a heart defibrillator implanted.

A single mother of two relates how her family bounced from place to place after she was laid off. The family was evicted and ended up parting with many of their belongings because they could not afford storage. They camped in a relative's yard for a while, but did not feel wanted.

They've managed to find a place to live in York County, but the mother is still looking for work. Her youngest daughter, meanwhile, has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder.

A mother from Cumberland County wrote that her husband left her after 20 years. She learned her cancer was in remission but was then diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Her two children, young teenagers, have been strong throughout and telling her that everything will be OK so long as they are together, she said.

A single mother of four from Cumberland County wrote that in the past two years, her mother and grandmother died from cancer and her grandfather died from heart failure. Her sister and three children were then killed in a car accident.

"So as well as me being very sad about all of this, I am also depressed about not being able to do for my children on Christmas morning," she wrote. "Nothing would make me happier than to see four big beautiful smiles when my children wake up and see presents under the Christmas tree."

Staff Writer Ann Kim can be contacted at 791-6383 or at:

akim@pressherald.com

Previously acknowledged: $95,936.40

Employees of Gorham Savings Bank collected at their holiday party $349

Bob and Phyllis Wagstaff $100

In loving memory of Auntie June $200

In loving memory of Paddy Cake et al. $200

Elizabeth Johnson $100

Lorna Dorsey and Donald Dorsey Jr. $100

Barbara Jackson $10

Barbara and James Willey Jr. $50

Barron and Betty Stallman $25

In memory of our brother-in-law, Ronald Leeman, from Dick and Carole Lord $100

Nona and George Geyerhahn M.D. $50

Kenneth and Viginia Zwicker $50

In memory of Hermann Hoffmann $200

Westbrook High School Spanish Club, 75 members and their advisor, Brad Snow $500

In loving memory of John "Bobo" Flaherty $10

In memory of Robert Kearns $10

For Grampy and Uncle Bobby from Margaret $5

From Anne Altern $50

In loving memory of my wife, Grace L. Field $100

From Gavin Seamus $25

Joshua and Krista Brown $100

Anonymous $20

Mary Dunn $50

Stephen and Jeri Chapman $25

In loving memory of our father, George L. Smith, from your daughters, Theresa and Kathleen $30

In memory of my aunt and grandmother, Margaret and Mary Shapazian - Love, Patti $25

Paul and Constance Best $25

Jennifer Kimball $40

In memory of Lawrence and Dorothy Cannell - Love Cathy, Mary Jane, Linda, Sue and Patty $100

Sam Wessler $40

For a toy $50

Anonymous $150

From Sam, Kevin and Jake Goldberg $45

In loving memory of our daughter, "Destiny" $50

Peter and Judith Haynes $100

From the Travel Counselors of Maine State Visitors Center, Yarmouth $140

Anonymous $25

Tim and Maureen Higgins $50

A gift for the children from the guys: Jose, Trav, Lexi and Ritro - Happy Holidays $500

Associated Sportsman Club of Cumberland County $50

George and Susan Scully $400

From Mark and Chelsey Silverman - Merry Christmas! $10

From Joe and Judy $100

David and Susan Wheatland $100

Clinton Strout and Sandra Johnson $200

From Matt and Judy Gardner $100

Becky, Katie, JoJo, Nick, Elijah, Ben, Lindsey and Adria $16

From employee contributions to the Quantrix Charity Giving Program $400

From the Hulsey family $100

Erik Piasio $25

From Kevin Pedro $20

From Brian Pedro $20

Happy Holidays! Love Frieda $20

Dan, Carol and Karen Green $150

In honor of the children of Maine $50

In memory of my beloved brother, Peter Perron $30

David Brimmer $50

In memory of Lucy Haren. Our deepest sympathy for the loss of your mother in-law. Love, Sharon and Mic $50

In memory of Angela Palmer $100

Lucy and Gregory Barter $20

In memory of Creed and Corris Ray $50

In memory of Bill and Helen Cole $50

In memory of Richard and Eric Bunker $100

From David Huntington and all the members of A Troop 3/4 CAV, with whom I am stationed $100

In memory of Big Grammie and Papa, from Shannon, Austin and Matthew $30

From Grammum's Grands $100

In honor of Marcia and Rocco Risbara (and giving to those in need), Merry Christmas, Jenn, Alex, Bella $25

In honor of John Rico (and giving to those in need), Merry Christmas, Jenn, Alex, Bella $25

In honor of Peter and Sharon Richard (and giving to those in need), Merry Christmas, Jenn, Alex, Bella $2

Tenants at 156-58 Danforth Street $300

Employees of the Evergreen Credit Union $500

Maine Track Club Early Morning Running Group $330.51

In loving memory of our son, Donald W. Churchill Jr. $350

Merry Christmas - Am-At-Uer Service $250

From Kathryn Piper, Merry Christmas and God Bless You $10

Today's total: $8,050.51

Total to date: $103,986.91

Copyright 2004 Blethen Maine Newspapers Inc.

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