WATERVILLE — The Maine Children’s Home for Little Wanderers raised more than $8,000 during the seventh annual Lobster Roll Lunch fundraiser on Oct. 28.

The 192 pounds of lobster meat needed to fulfill orders was donated by Portland-based Cozy Harbor Seafood, which has supported the fundraiser for the agency’s Christmas Program since 2011, according to a news release from the agency.

Each holiday season, the Christmas Program distributes boxes of new clothing and toys to more than 1,700 financially disadvantaged children throughout Maine.

In total, the fundraiser has now contributed more than $35,000 to the cause. The fundraiser, organized by the agency’s volunteer organization, Friends of The Maine Children’s Home, has grown significantly each year since its inception. The fundraiser sold 240 lobster rolls during its first year in 2010, and this year more than 835 were sold.

“We are deeply grateful to Cozy Harbor Seafood for their generous lobster meat donation that allows The Friends to host such a successful fundraiser in support of the Christmas Program,” said Richard Dorian, executive director of The Maine Children’s Home, according to the release. “This is an important fundraiser for us to raise money for and generate awareness of the program. There are 1,700 Maine children who depend on us each holiday season and it’s efforts like this that make it possible.”

As part of the event, volunteers assembled at 5 a.m. to prepare the lobster rolls for 52 local schools, businesses and organizations.

For more information, visit mainechildrenshome.org.

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