MACHIAS, Maine — Volunteers with the Community Christmas Giving Tree are in high gear this week and will continue working through Dec. 17 to fill the wish lists of children from Jonesboro to Lubec.
This is the 10th year of the program, which is sponsored by area churches and the Maine Sea Coast Mission. Last year the Giving Tree provided gifts to just over 840 eligible children and adults.
Given the state of the economy, requests are expected to be higher than ever, according to Helen Vose, the director of the Machias Food Pantry and agency liaison for the Community Christmas Giving Tree.
Children and adults who are eligible for gifts from the program are identified by church groups and area social service agencies who assist their clients in compiling their wish lists. Applications for the program are also accepted at the Machias Food Pantry at the Centre Street Congregational Church and the Giving Tree’s Christmas storefront at Holy Name Parish Hall on Broadway.
Holy Name donates the space and Community Christmas volunteers work from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday matching requests with the clothing, toys, games and books that are donated by area businesses and programs or purchased with funds donated to the Giving Tree.
Anyone wishing to make a donation to the program can do so at the Holy Name Parish Hall during storefront hours or by speaking with Vose at 255-6665.