The Portland Press Herald Toy Fund aims to provide toys for 7,000 children in Cumberland, York, Sagadahoc, Lincoln and Knox counties. Applications are being accepted and readers of the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram are once again encouraged to put smiles on children’s faces during the holiday season.

Applications can be made at Donations can also be made on the website or checks can be made out to the Portland Press Herald Toy Fund and mailed to P.O. Box 7310, Portland, ME 04112.

The campaign’s fundraising goal this year is $300,000. The total raised so far is $3,150 .

Each day of the toy fund campaign, the Press Herald will run letters from applicants:

I am a single working mother of three children. Due to finances, myself and my children are living with my parents.

My earnings go to bills, gas and basic necessities for my family. We have little money left over for “extras,” making me stressed and worried over the upcoming holiday.

I would greatly appreciate your assistance in helping to give my kids a better Christmas. They deserve to enjoy the holidays with no worries or fears and I am trying my hardest to do that for them!

Please consider my family. Thank you!

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