With Christmas fast approaching, Santa’s Helpers is well as its way to helping another couple hundred familes with needed winter clothing and more, thanks to a variety of kind people from the River Valley and beyond.
Margaret McNeal, who has carried on her mother’s legacy by running Santa’s Helpers for the past six years, said Friday they are fast approaching last year’s figures as far as participants; 30 people signed up just the day before. This is a group that provides new clothing and toys to deserving children and their parents each Christmas season
Santa’s Helpers is located at 33 Roxbury Rd., now home to the Speck Mountain Church. They are open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays, upstairs in the church. People for Santa’s Helpers will enter through the door on the Roxbury Road side of the building, then go up the stairs.
The biggest highlight of the day was a contribution of $965 from Irving Forest Products. Making the presentation were Janine Archibald, human resources manager, and Derek Bryant, dry end manager. They also brought extra gifts that remained following a children’s Christmas party the company sponsored.
Once again, the timing of the donation couldn’t have been better, because again there is an acute need.
McNeal said they’re lacking in toys. The Irving Forest Production donation will certainly go for this.
Volunteer Cindy Hutchins said they’re looking toys for ages 8-12. “They pretty much need everything. Legos are a big thing, and trucks. Games are good one, more for the older ones right now.”
Santa’s Helpers will accept donations as well as accept applications right up until Christmas eve. To do so, contact her at 357-8772. Qualified people need to have their MaineCare cards when they apply.

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