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We’re busy closing up the warehouse 2012 and getting ready for Season 2013!
Here is a Snow Globe starring Slugger!
Win this Seadogs Snow Globe from their 2012 Christmas in July event!
Let your friends know! Baseball season is coming soon!
The donation from your fundraiser arrived!
We continue to accept donations until our fiscal year is over in March – thank you so much!
Season to date total is $101,508.09.
The list of donors to date who have not yet been recognized in the paper will appear in the Maine Sunday Telegram on January 6, 2013.
Native Maine Produce
Coffee by Design
The People’s Geek
River’s Edge Deli
We are back to computer keys clacking away! ‘Tis the season for processing the donations. They are coming in online through our website and through the mail per tradition. Both ways are being effective. The numbers creep up slowly, but hopefully, we get closer to our goal with each entry. It is touching to do this year after year. You get to know the donors through their dedications – ah, here is “In memory of Gramma & Pere, Ginger & Nutmeg who all loved Christmas”, “AAA Energy”, Scarborough Lions Club, Holden Insurance Agency, anonymous with “Merry Christmas kids!!”, Dick & Evie Tonneson’s greeting to their family, the Iggy S. Schwatrz Family annual gift, the Amvets Posts, fire departments, doctor offices, engineering departments. So many generous individuals and groups helping to give a happy Christmas to so very many. We find that so many of the groups get down to an individual who recognized the Bruce Roberts Toy Fund through some connection and they pass the word on – there are family challenges to siblings, doctors not getting gifts from office staff and more. Last Friday, we received a call at the office from someone trying to get specifics on the annual party at Bubba’s for Bruce Roberts – we didn’t know the specifics, but we recognize the heart in that gift each year.
These attachments to the recognition are real and for being such a long standing local tradition (63 years!), readers of the paper get to know the community of givers, as well. We honor the readers of the paper who look for the lists and look to seeing old friends on the list and smile at the challenges noted. We have been working to honor our donors in the ads we have been running in the paper. The next one will catch up with all the donors who traditionally send out their donation on Christmas Eve or for whom the mail got it to us the last few days before Christmas, will be on January 6, my favorite – Little Christmas.
In the light of the 21st century, we also keep the lists running and will add to them on our facebook page and on our website, as we get the donations processed. This is also a great way to share the news with friends and family who are ‘away’ and to let the new generation catch on to the fun of giving in this manner. Seriously, for such a long-lasting local endeavor which has impacted so many for so long, being the secret Santa for so many parents has left us trying to gain younger donors.
I was at a holiday party and someone “in the know” mentioned Bruce Roberts and was curious to know more about who we support with gifts and was shocked to learn the scope of five counties and thousands of children helped through our giving to the parents. Her knowledge of it seemed to keep it “a neighborhood” project as envisioned by Bob Beith and Matt Barron so long ago, rather than the much larger outreach it is today. As the newsroom project, the reporters for all these years have certainly kept the hometown feel of it quite alive. We still relate to one family at a time and one donor at a time. We can be proud that it still has an individual feel despite the changes in the news industry and in our scope. It is nice, in this hectic world, to be regarded as the friendly neighbor.