Last year, the South Portland Christmas Toy Drive helped over 280 South Portland children with warm new coats, boots and toys. One hundred percent of the money raised goes directly to the purchase of necessary items for the children.
This is the 10th year of the campaign and involves a partnership with the South Portland Police Department, the South Portland Police Patrol Association, the South Portland School System, Local 1476 Professional Fire Fighters of South Portland, the South Portland Community Center, Maine Roofing, Inc., Evie’s Ferry Village Water Point, Port Harbor Marine and Peoples United – Millcreek.
Each year, the toy drive collects hundreds of toys, boots and coats which are distributed to families with the help of the police. This year, the organization anticipates an even greater need, as so many people have suffered from the pandemic. The organizers are looking for companies, groups or individuals to âadopt childrenâ for the drive. All participants need to do is specify for how many children they want to buy a coat, boots and toys.
The drive is also looking for donations of new and unwrapped toys, art supplies, teenage items, and gift cards that can be dropped off at any of the businesses listed on city signs. The deadline for donations is Friday December 10.
Organizers have made donations easier this year and have added QR codes to the posters that will take contributors directly to the GOFUNDME site (www.gofundme.com/f/SoPoChristmasToyDrive) or to the Venmo @ so-po-christmas-toy account – drive).
Participants can also make checks payable to: SPPPA Community Needs Fund. Checks and / or gift cards can be deposited or mailed to:
Maine Roofing – 24 Bishop Ave., South Portland, ME 04106.
The annual toy drive-in party will be held at Evie’s Ferry Village Watering Hole, 121 Sawyer St., South Portland, on Saturday, December 11, starting at 6 p.m. Bring new unwrapped toys and enjoy an evening of fun and cocktails.
Toy drop-off locations:
Maine Roofing, Inc., 24 Bishop Ave., South Portland
South Portland Police Department, 30 Anthoine St., South Portland
South Portland Fire Station – Cash Corner, 360 Main St., South Portland
South Portland Community Center – 21 Nelson Road, South Portland
Port Harbor Marine, 1 Spring Point Drive, South Portland
United People’s Bank – Millcreek, 15 Hinckley Drive, South Portland
Snap Fitness, 747 Broadway, South Portland
Team April Cohen, 382A Cottage Road, South Portland
For more information or to adopt a family, contact Liz Darling at Maine Roofing, Inc., 207-767-4243 or email [emailÂ protected]
Christmas fair scheduled for December 4
A vintage Christmas will be at the center of the annual holiday fair at First Congregational Church in Scarborough (167 Black Point Road) on Saturday, December 4, from 8:30 a.m. to noon.
In the parish hall and the sacristy of the church you will find a cake and coffee for breakfast, handmade Maine themed items, holiday vegetables, Christmas items, quilts, crafts, jewelry, kitchen utensils, handmade knits, homemade baked goods, candy and a cookie walk.
Proceeds will go to the charitable efforts of the church. Masks are mandatory. For more information, call 883-2342.
Pie-making event benefits Preble Street Resource Center
South Portland area residents, neighbors and friends will gather on Tuesday, November 23 for an evening of pie-making to benefit the Preble Street Resource Center. Cooking will take place in the basement kitchen of the First Congregational Church at 301 Cottage Road, South Portland, between 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Everyone is welcome.
Bakers are requested to bring all materials for the pie (s) they plan to make, including the disposable pie pan, filling and crust. All standard baking equipment will be available – rolling pins, peelers, etc. Canned pumpkin is available if you bake pumpkin pies. Bakers can arrive anytime between 3 p.m. and 8 p.m., with the last pie going to the oven at 7 p.m.
Each year since 2002, a version of this event has been produced. Initially, baking pies outside of the organizer’s house, followed by several group baking events with the little PTA school, friends and neighbors. In the meantime, the organizer has cooked in her house.
The year before the coronavirus pandemic, the community event brought together more than 25 bakers with 60 pies as a result. Organizers hope to match or beat that total.
âThanksgiving is a much loved secular holiday,â wrote Ellen Clancy in a Nov. 14 press release. âEveryone, regardless of their current experience, will enjoy and deserve a slice or two of their favorite pie on this great American holiday. It’s a wonderful event to include kids, exposing them to charitable giving in a fun and productive way. “
Clancy, of Coldwell Banker Residential Realty, is the organizer of this year’s event.
âThanks to the First Congregational Church for loaning their industrial kitchen and to Scratch Bakery, who once again generously provided the much needed pie boxes without which delivery would be incredibly difficult,â Clancy wrote.
For more information, or if you are planning to bring young children, please email Clancy at [emailÂ protected] or dial 207-808-3431.
Barksgiving pet food drive planned
The South Portland Dog Owners Group (SoPoDog) will be hosting a pet food drive in the Barksgiving community on Saturday, November 20 to benefit the South Portland Food Cupboard. The group is hoping that the citizens of South Portland, when shopping for holiday food, will drop off donated pet food from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at one of the two locations.
Pickups will be in front of the Loyal Companion pet supply store in Mill Creek and across from Hannaford in Mill Creek Park. Look for the SoPoDog banners and Ambassador Dogs, who will be on hand to thank you and wish you a very happy Thanksgiving.
According to a SoPoDog press release from Nov. 15, âAll dog owners know that it’s not just turkeys that love to gobble up – our pets too. All donations gratefully accepted. And don’t forget the felines – SoPoDog doesn’t discriminate.
People interested in helping occupy tables, packing food in smaller bags for the food closet, or asking your well-behaved dog to act as an ambassador should email [emailÂ protected]
WHAT: Barksgiving Holiday Pet Food Drive
O: Two locations
Faithful companion in Mill Creek
Mill Creek Park opposite Hannaford on Cottage Road
WHEN: Saturday November 20 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
For more information: Ellen Clancy 207-808-3431
Church schedules wreath sales
South Portland’s First Congregational Church holds wreath sale.
Due to the pandemic, the church was unable to hold its holiday sale. The church is located at 301 Cottage Road, with pickup scheduled for the Sawyer Street lot.
The cost is $ 20 for a wreath with a bow, or $ 25 for a bow and decorations. Orders are due by November 30th.
To order, text at 207-318-1605, Lynne Lanctot, or by email [emailÂ protected] Payment in cash or by check upon pick-up. Make checks payable to FCCUCC with “Wreath” in the comment line.