There are many ways to give this season

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DEAR SUN SPOTS: Loaves & Fishes of Sabattus has been chosen for the Hannaford Cause Bag program for the month of November. Visit the Hannaford on Sabattus Street in Lewiston before Friday, Dec. 1, and purchase the Fight Hunger bags. Loaves & Fishes will receive 25 cents for each bag sold and you’ll have shopping bags you can use again and again.

— No name, no town

ANSWER: Every 25 cents equals one meal for someone in need. Be sure to purchase these reusable bags when you do your grocery shopping this week. Such a small thing will make a big difference. Loaves & Fishes and the food pantry are at the Dominican Sisters’ convent at 61 Lisbon Road in Sabattus. Help is given to all qualified residents of the Sabattus area, regardless of religious affiliation.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: The 22st Titcomb Mountain Holiday Auction, sponsored by Farmington Ski Club and Titcomb Ski Club Education Foundation, will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1, at Calzolaio Pasta Company, 284 Main St. in Wilton. Tom and Rocell Marcellino, Calzolaio Pasta Company owners, will host the event that brings the community together for a great cause. This year’s auction will feature items from area craftsmen, businesses and community members.

Both new items and handcrafted items are needed. If you would like to donate to the auction please contact Marty Pike at 778-1025 or drop items off on or before Thursday, Nov. 30, at Hight Chevrolet, 437 Wilton Road in Farmington.

— Marty, no town

ANSWER: According to the event’s news release, the silent auction bidding will begin at 6 p.m. followed by the live auction at 7 p.m. To get a glimpse of some of the items to be auctioned this year, visit the Calico Patch at 174 Broadway in Farmington, Nov. 27 to Dec. 1. Items have been donated from the following sponsors: Sugarloaf Ski Resort, Sunday River Ski Resort, Northern Lights, Ski Depot, Mountain Force, Walmart, Titcomb Ski Slope, Sugarloaf Golf Club, Belgrade Golf Club, Bouffard’s Furniture and Northern Outdoors. Other donated items include lobster dinners, a western Maine airplane flight, lake cruises, gift certificates, a series of local books, groomer rides, holiday greenery and wreaths, handcrafted items and paintings.

If you are interested in having dinner beforehand, call Calzolaio Pasta Company at 645-9500 for reservations to begin at 4:30 p.m. Participate in what promises to be a great evening in support of your local mountain! For additional information, call 778-9031.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: The Salvation Army needs more bell ringing volunteers. If you or your organization is willing to volunteer, please contact Salvation Army Lt. Dan Johnson at 402-8632.

— George, no town

ANSWER: Whether you want to volunteer on your own or involve your entire family or a group you are part of, this is a way to spread holiday cheer and help an organization that assists so many others. The Salvation Army blesses thousands of people each year who are going through a tough time by providing spiritual support, food, clothing, shelter, heating assistance and gifts for children at Christmas time. For a comprehensive overview of this organization, go to www.nne.salvationarmy.org.

This column is for you, our readers. It is for your questions and comments. There are only two rules: You must write to the column and sign your name (we won’t use it if you ask us not to). Please include your phone number. Letters will not be returned or answered by mail, and telephone calls will not be accepted. Your letters will appear as quickly as space allows. Address them to Sun Spots, P.O. Box 4400, Lewiston, ME 04243-4400. Inquiries can also be emailed to [email protected]

Volunteers Gladys and Maynard Chapman, from the Auburn United Methodist Church, are pictured ringing the Salvation Army Bells at the Auburn KMart on Black Friday.

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