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Care & Comfort Made Christmas Brighter For Some Maine Children
Posted by Care & Comfort on 02/09/2014.
Care & Comfort made christmas brighter for
the maine children’s home for little wanderers
Care & Comfort and the administrative staff of their Waterville branch presented the Maine Children’s Home for Little Wanderers a gift that provided many Christmas presents for young people who otherwise may not have had any.
Each year the Maine Children's Home provides more than 1,600 financially disadvantaged children throughout Maine with new toys and clothing as part of the Christmas Program. In 2013, they surpassed that number by serving 1,717 children, which was a record.
This donation was made possible through proceeds from Care & Comfort’s Jeans Day Fund, a campaign that was launched over 12 years ago. An ongoing collaborative fundraising effort between Care & Comfort and its employees, Jean Day lets staff leave their normal work attire at home and wear jeans on Fridays for a $2.00 donation. The company matches every dollar raised and the employees of each branch select the local recipients’ semi-annually.
“For me the smile on a child’s face, the twinkle in their eye and the giggles of delight as they open a gift are the most enjoyable moments of the holiday season” , remarked Care & Comfort’s Founder and CEO Susan D. Giguere during a gathering of employees to make the presentation. She added, “When our employees, most of whom are parents, selected the Maine Children’s Home for Little Wanderers as the recipient they knew they were helping to make memories for children. Yet, equally as important to all of us was to provide a bit of comfort and peace of mind to fellow parents who have to make hard spending decisions daily that all too frequently leave little money for gifts. We provide home health care and mental health services for thousands yearly throughout the State and see the financial struggles as well as the related emotional and physical distress of many daily. I am so thankful for, and applaud, our team who compassionately chose to care for our communities by selecting this inspiring organization that has been making positive differences in the lives of thousands of children and families since 1899”.
Accepting the donation for the Maine Children’s Home was Executive Director Sharon H. Abrams, LSW, who explained that each child typically receives: Mittens, Thinsulate gloves, a hat, a reading book, a coloring/activity book, crayons or markers, a large and a small toy, a family game and a warm outfit.