DEAR SUN SPOTS: Brrr, it sure is getting chilly out there. The blanket program at Central Maine Medical Center is low on inventory, so I am reaching out to our generous community for donations of blankets for patients who are in the hospital and away from loved ones.

When patients appear to be in need of some extra TLC, a blanket helps provide comfort and warmth. Blankets should either be lap size, approximately 30 by 30 inches or twin-size. They can be knit, crocheted or made from fleece. We are mostly in need of blankets for adults in patterns that would appeal to both male and female patients.

Blankets may be dropped off at the information desk at the main entrance, 60 High St., Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. If you have any questions please contact Laurie McGilvery at 207-330-7463.

We can’t give enough praise and thanks to the people who have so kindly been donating to this program; it is truly heartwarming. Thank you for helping us to provide comfort to patients in our community. — Laurie, Lewiston.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: With the holidays coming soon, I wonder if any organization or school will be selling the Movie Money Bonanza discount movie tickets or anything like that. I have had them in the past and they make great Christmas presents. Thanks for such a great resource for all of us. — No name, no town.

ANSWER: Calling all fundraisers, schools, scout troops or anyone selling movie tickets, you have a potential customer. There are so many worthy causes, organizations and fundraisers in our community — certainly more than Sun Spots is able to list in this column. They will have trouble reaching you without contact information. Remember, when writing to Sun Spots, you must provide a phone number. It will not be published if you request, but it is helpful for readers to be able to reach you with answers.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: The Auburn Parks and Recreation Advisory Board is seeking motivated residents with interest in adult/senior programming for ages 50 and older to join the Senior Subcommittee. There will be a meeting held to explain the purpose and goals surrounding the Senior Subcommittee which will include: long-term goals, proposed programming and a Senior Center work plan. This meeting will be held on Thursday, Nov. 3, at Auburn Hall in Room 206 at 11 a.m. and again at 6 p.m. — Sabrina Best, recreation director, city of Auburn.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: Would any Sun Spots readers have a copy of the MaineCare benefits handbook they no longer need? I was told that the state no longer prints handbooks and I prefer to have a hard copy rather than read all that information online. I can be reached at 207-783-2324. Thank you. — Claire, Lewiston.

ANSWER: The handbook is about 60 pages long and can be downloaded and printed, but if anyone has a copy they can part with, save a tree and please contact Claire.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: Would the person who witnessed the groundskeeper fall at a local cemetery this summer please call 207-784-0386. Thank you so much. — No name, Lewiston.

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