HARRISON — The Bolsters Mills United Methodist Church will hold an auction of homemade foods, handmade crafts and household treasures Saturday, Oct. 27, to provide area children who need winter boots.

A free meal of beans, hot dogs, coleslaw and bread will be served at 5 p.m.

The 3-T auction — Talents, Treasures and Treats — to benefit Papa’s Boots will commence at 6 p.m. at the church at 582 Bolsters Mills Road. Items will include A-J’s carrot cake, Wayne’s cinnamon rolls, Joel’s Finnish Nisu, Carol’s chocolate cake with peanut butter frosting, whoopie pies, artwork, household treasures, antiques, handmade decorations, cookies, fudge, a new Pampered Chef cookie and cake decorating kit, and a wall hanging. Additional donations can be brought to the auction.

Papa’s Boots is a local mission established in memory of Bruno Leino of Harrison by his grandchildren. Bruno, known to his grandchildren as “Papa,” would always say as he looked at the Christmas tree full of presents: “Look at all these presents we have when there are many children going without winter boots.”

Since 2011 Papa’s Boots has donated hundreds of new pairs of winter boots to needy children in Harrison, Waterford, West Paris, Hebron and South Paris, and to nonprofit organizations who serve needy children. Last Christmas, Papa’s Boots provided 106 pairs of winter boots.  

Papa’s Boots has partnered with Lamey-Wellehan in Auburn to help make the mission possible.

Those wishing to donate to Papa’s Boots may send a check payable to BMUMC “Papa’s Boots” P.O. Box 859, Harrison, ME 04040. FMI: contact A-J Alexander at 207-461-3093.

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