To the Editor:

The Bethel Rotary Club is pleased to announce that it will once again be sponsoring its annual Christmas For Children program. Since 1987, this important community project has helped to provide greatly appreciated assistance during the holiday season for many needy children and families who live in the MSAD #44 area. With the continuing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, we anticipate that many more families will again be seeking assistance this year. In the 34 years that the program has been in existence, this may be the most challenging holiday season that we have experienced in our community.

Anyone interested in donating to this effort is urged to send his or her contribution to:

Bethel Rotary Club Christmas For Children

PO Box 471

Bethel, ME 04217

Requests for assistance may also be mailed to the same address or dropped off at any school office in MSAD #44. Please note that assistance is provided only to families who reside in the MSAD #44 sending area and requests can only be accepted from the parents or legal guardians the children live with in a primary residence. The Rotary Club is pleased to be able to assist families with support for children up to and including high school age. All requests must include the name and age of each child. A telephone number, email address (if available) and mailing address should also be included.

Following a long-standing tradition, Rotarians will again be collecting donations at the Bethel Shop n’ Save over several weekends between now and the holidays.

On behalf of the entire Bethel Rotary Club, I would like to thank the community for the ongoing generosity and support it has shown for this program over the many years of its existence.

Best wishes for a happy and healthy holiday season!

Alison Aloisio

President

Bethel Rotary Club

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