LEWISTON – Children, families and their siblings in the Androscoggin Head Start and Child program and Advocates for Children received gifts of toys, boots and clothing when members of the Androscoggin County Chamber of Commerce participated in the Chamber Kids for the Holidays program.

The Chamber sent out an appeal to members for toys and clothes to brighten the holidays for kids who would otherwise not share in the joy of the season. More than 100 members responded with more than 500 gifts.

“We had an incredible response from Chamber members,” said Dick Albert, chairman of Chamber Kids for the Holidays. “Their generosity was beyond my wildest dreams!”

Androscoggin Head Start and Child Care, a United Way funded and Lewiston and Auburn CDBG supported agency, has provided child development services to families of preschool children for more than 38 years.

All programs are free to eligible children and full-day child care services are available on a sliding fee scale for parents who are working, in school or participating in job training. Applications for all programs are accepted throughout the year. Call 795-4040, ext. 25, for more information or to set up an appointment with the enrollment coordinator.

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