Turkey Day donations sought

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DEAR SUN SPOTS: Hello to a special resource so many use!

We at Poland Community Church Food Bank are gearing up for Thanksgiving food baskets for the 125 families who use our monthly food bank (we serve those in need from Minot, Mechanic Falls and Poland).

We used to have a partner from Minot who gave us flats of eggs, but no more. Is there any reader who can help us give a dozen eggs with our November food baskets? Discount or donation? Thanks so much for any leads. — L.L., Poland, ormpoland@roadrunner.com

DEAR SUN SPOTS: Safe Voices is seeking donors for our annual Thanksgiving Feed a Family and Christmas Adopt a Family programs, which assist families who are struggling because of domestic violence.

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For parents and children who have had to flee a dangerous situation at home, or who have started over and are struggling to make ends meet, donors can help provide a happy holiday in difficult times.

The Feed a Family program matches donors with a family to whom a Thanksgiving dinner is provided. Donors purchase the supplies for a traditional dinner of turkey, sides and dessert, and deliver them to Safe Voices, which transports the meal to the family in need.

The Adopt a Family program matches donors with families to whom Christmas gifts for both children and parents are provided.

Anyone can be a donor, including individuals, businesses and community organizations. If you would like to participate, or if you know someone who would benefit from this program, please go to our website, www.safevoices.org, and complete the participation form under the “Get Involved” tab.

Please contact Angela (207-795-6744, ext. 21) to participate in the Feed A Family program, or Cindy (207-795-6744, ext. 28) regarding participation in the Adopt a Family program. Thanks so very much! — The Safe Voices staff, jteitel@safevoices.org

DEAR SUN SPOTS: We’re helping a family who desperately needs clothes for a boy. He needs pants 4XL with elastic waist and shirts.

Is there somebody generous who has that size clothes? If you do, I could go pick them up if it’s not too far. 

It would be greatly appreciated by the boy, and it would help the family. Thank you. — Mary Ann, Lewiston

ANSWER: Sun Spots struggled over how to respond to this question. The rule is that individuals cannot ask for items in Sun Spots, unless they have no meaningful value. Only nonprofit groups can do that.

While old clothes are not valuable, they are resold for various charitable causes, such as Goodwill, the Salvation Army and others, so they do have some value. 

But surely there must be sources of clothes for the needy who cannot afford even the purchase price of used items? There are at least two places for free clothes near Sun Spots, and she lives out in the country.

She has heard that it is more difficult to find clothes for men/boys than for women/girls. Perhaps they are more likely to wear them out?

At any rate, there must be some help in the region. Sun Spots has not compiled a list of all local charities and what services they provide. In light of continuing need in  the community, perhaps it’s time she does so.

Meanwhile, she suggests you call United Way’s 211 number, which is a type of clearinghouse for all the charities it supports and ask for help. Readers may also have suggestions.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: Please help me to help a family who doesn’t have much due to a lost baby and the cost of a funeral. They sold all they could to be able to bury her.

I would like to get them the pans at Shaw’s. I have some stamps but not many, for I am 68 and don’t eat much. Thank you. — G.G., 207-204-0735

ANSWER: This is another borderline case. Sun Spots has been letting these requests go through, for surely many people who shop at Shaw’s and have pans would simply throw away the stamps, and they have no other value.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: Excelsior Grange, 446 Harris Hill Road in Poland, is looking for three more vendors for its Christmas craft fair on Nov. 29. The fee is $20 per table, and I need to know by today, Oct. 27. Thanks. — Kim Verrill, 207-998-2301, kimverrill@hotmail.com

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 sunspots@sunjournal.com.

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