DEAR SUN SPOTS: St. Philip Church at 2365 Turner Road in Auburn is having its Christmas by The Lake Fair on Saturday, Nov. 20. We are looking for donations of items for the Hidden Treasures Booth.

 Drop-off times for donations will be 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays, Oct. 9, 16, 23 and 30, and Nov. 6 and 13, or from 10:30 a.m. to noon after Sunday Mass. These are the only times we will accept items.

To help ensure cleanliness and protect the health of our volunteers, please refrain from donating any of the following items: Used fabric/remnants, blinds, shades, curtains, clothing, electronics, broken or soiled items, tapes, records, used or partially burned candles, bedding, soiled or stained tablecloths, dusty or dirty glassware/dinnerware, broken or soiled toys, used medical equipment, tires, items stored or packed in damp or mildewed boxes, including books, outdated or unsafe cribs or car seats, and large, bulky furniture.

For more information or questions please call me  at 577-7424. — Leo, fair chairperson, no town

ANSWER: I hope this event is a huge success!

DEAR SUN SPOTS: My sister and I would like to donate clothing and other household items to Catholic Charities of Maine for refugees coming from Afghanistan. Do you have a direct contact number for the organization? It would make our day to know we can help newcomers to Maine in some way. — No name, no town

ANSWER: The organization’s website states they are unable to accept donations of clothing, goods that are hard to the touch, or furniture because their storage area is full. They are accepting gift cards, especially to be used in Walmart and Hannaford stores.

You can go to the site for updates. To contact Catholic Charities, call 781-8550 or email [email protected].

Perhaps you will consider donating your items to St. Philip Church (above). Other local organizations in need are Kaydenz Kitchen Food Pantry (577-7942), Androscoggin Hospice Thrift Store (777-7740), Maine Needs (, An Angel’s Wing Inc. (241-0624), Loaves & Fishes (375-8399), and Safe Voices (795-6744). Trinity Jubilee Center needs specific items. Check out its wish list here:  (

Readers, do you know of a nonprofit accepting gently used clothes, furniture and household supplies? Please write in so I can update the Rolodex.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: This is to let you know that the issue with my credit card company was resolved. It concerned charges on my card that were not mine. I had called twice with no luck but was successful when I wrote a carefully worded letter. I just received word that all has been resolved and I will not be charged.

I will be keeping all the help I received from Sun Spots for future use, if need be. Thanks always to our great Sun Spots. You are a valued resource for all of us. — No name, no town

ANSWER: It’s so gratifying to know that all is well with the problem of your credit card company charging you for items that you didn’t buy. (Sept. 23 Sun Spots) A little stick-to-it-tiveness and good communication can resolve most issues, no matter what.

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