EXCITING CHANGES TO THE 2013 HOLIDAY HELPLINE
Our 2013 Holiday Helpline Program has joined forces with the Bruce Roberts Toy Fund (BRTF) for the winter holiday gift-giving season. BRTF has been supporting families by providing toys for children since 1949. We believe our new partnership with BRTF supports our mission of helping families in Freeport and Pownal by expanding services, avoiding duplications, and giving our local families a “one-stop” destination for assistance.
Freeport and Pownal families may apply at FCS. Applications must be submitted no later than OCTOBER 29. The BRTF will provide 4 brand-new, preselected, age-appropriate toys for each child up to his/her 19th birthday. All toys through the FCS Holiday Helpline Program will now be provided through the Bruce Roberts Toy Fund.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
Community volunteers are essential to the success of our Holiday Helpline program! Here is how to help:
1. Adopt a Family – while the toys come from BRTF, FCS still hopes to supply two (2) articles of warm clothing per child, and one (1) gift for each adult in the family.
2. Adopt an Adult – FCS provides one (1)gift per adult; for some elderly, disabled, ill or unemployed adults, this may be the only gift they receive this holiday season.
3. Provide cash donations to the Holiday Helpline – we use these donations for items such as Bow Street Market gift cards and gas cards. Each family or adult, in addition to the gifts provided by our wonderful donors, will receive a “Fund-a-Feast” Box from Hannaford and a Bow Street Market gift card. You may also choose to make a contribution to BRTF.
4. Donate your time – to help with gift wrapping, sorting, and delivering gifts and food boxes.
HOW TO VOLUNTEER: Please contact FCS Volunteer Coordinator, Debbie Daggett, at 865-3985, x206 to volunteer. TO ADOPT A FAMILY: make a contribution or apply for help, contact FCS Family Service Coordinator, Sue Mack 865-3985, x205, as soon as possible.
We provide warm, boxed Thanksgiving meals for those in need containing turkey, stuffing, squash, potatoes and anything else we can provide so that you can enjoy a Thanksgiving dinner at home. In 2012 we provided boxed meals to over 125 families. Applications are available, please call Sue Mack 865.3985 x205
We also host an annual Thanksgiving Dinner at the Freeport Community Center made possible by the generous donation of the meal by Jonas and Kate Werner of Azure Cafe located in Freeport, Maine and the many helpful volunteer hands of all ages. In 2012 we served more than 225 meals.
Thanksgiving Community Dinner: November 28th, 12-2pm. All are welcome.
In 2012, Freeport Community Services worked with volunteers, families, local businesses and school groups to provide families in Freeport and Pownal with the “essentials” of food, clothing and gifts to enjoy a merry holiday. If you are in need of Christmas help, want to make a donation of “essentials”, gifts, adopt a family, or give your time, or you know of a family or individual who would benefit from these services, please call Sue Mack at 865.3985 x205