DEAR SUN SPOTS: The High Street Food Pantry is sponsoring a Warm Hands for Kids project and is seeking donations of mittens — knit and fleece — for kids ages 5 to 15.

We hope to distribute at least 500 pairs of mittens to our clients during the month of January. Mittens may be dropped off at High Street Congregational Church, 106 Pleasant St., Auburn, on Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays during office hours by Dec. 31.

Call Jeanne at 207-784-1306, ext. 10, or Stephanie at 207-784-1915 if you have questions or need to arrange another time for drop-off.

The food pantry is the co-operative effort of four Auburn churches: High Street, the United Methodist Church, St. Michael’s Parish and West Auburn Congregational Church. It serves an average of 240 different family units each month.

Thank you for your support of this project! — Stephanie, Auburn

DEAR SUN SPOTS: Do you know of anyone who is conducting classes this holiday season on how to make fleece hats for children? Thank you. — Joanne, [email protected]

ANSWER: Sun Spots doesn’t have that in her Rolodex. Readers?

DEAR SUN SPOTS: The amazing book “Charley” is about an abandoned 12-year-old boy at the home for Little Wanderers in Boston. Later he came to a farming family in rural Maine.

Charley’s real name was Charles Kimball Ryan. The middle name generally indicates the mother’s maiden name. Most of the past generations of Kimballs were born in Massachusetts when Maine was a part of that state.

I am a genealogist with the Kimball Family Association and am interested in establishing a Kimball Family Association of Maine. I would also like to gear up for a Kimball family reunion somewhere in Maine.

Readers can reach me at [email protected] or at P.O. Box 453, West Kennebunk, ME 04094.

Thanks so much. — Myra Sparkowich

DEAR SUN SPOTS: I want extra Shaw’s stamps for my granddaughter’s wedding gift. Thank you for saving them. — No Name, Lewiston, 783-3470

ANSWER: No Name wrote previously and readers asked her to provide her mailing address, but again she asked to have it withheld. The following reader is more forthcoming.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: I would like to have any extra Shaw’s stamps for a gift for my grandson. He is on a very tight budget studying for his masters in education. He loves to cook and does his meals on the weekend for the week. He even does healthy breakfast bars for the week, as he has very long days at school.

I will refund postage. I thoroughly enjoy Sun Spots. I certainly learn a lot about many items of interest. Thanks in advance. — Phyllis Lothrop, 325 Main St., Fryeburg, ME 04037, [email protected]

DEAR SUN SPOTS: I have to wonder if the people asking about Lifeline and cellphones (Oct. 18 and 31, Nov. 1) were not talking about Lifeline, the program that provides monitors and bracelets or necklaces for the elderly in case they fall or get ill. I believe this is available through St. Mary’s Health Care. — Claudette via email

ANSWER: Sun Spots is quite sure the letter writers were talking about Lifeline, the phone assistance for those with low income, because of the context of those letters and the responses.

Sun Spots has written about St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center’s service (March 26), and it is called the Personal Emergency Response Service. She checked again and could not find any reference to it as Lifeline, although there is a national service by that name — Philips Lifeline, so perhaps that is the confusion. Or maybe Sun Spots doesn’t know something she should!

Readers who are interested in the St. Mary’s service should visit http://tinyurl.com/n4dq4rr or call 207-777-8827.

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