Houlton’s Aid For Kids in national contest

By Jen Lynds, BDN Staff
Posted Sept. 11, 2012, at 5:27 p.m.

HOULTON, Maine — A locally based nonprofit organization that assists children in need is a finalist in a national competition to win up to $50,000.

Aid For Kids is a finalist in Tom’s of Maine’s 50 States For Good contest.

50 States for Good is a national initiative that awards nonprofits and helps them to advance and draw attention to their work. As part of the fourth annual contest, judges chose a finalist from every state. Online voters will now determine the winners. The organization with the most votes will receive $50,000 while five runners-up will receive $20,000 each.

If the Houlton-based projects wins, funding from Tom’s of Maine will support a partnership between Aid For Kids and Operation Warm. It will supply at least 2,300 new coats to children. The foundation has distributed such clothing for years, and has promoted literacy by bringing Bess The Book Bus to Houlton.

More than $1 million worth of new clothes, necessary household items, children’s books and other merchandise has been delivered to those in need in rural Maine, according to the nonprofit’s website.

Danette Ellis, a volunteer with the Aid for Kids Foundation, learned a short time ago that the organization was a finalist, but a contractual agreement mandated that she wait until Monday to announce the news.

Ellis is encouraging people to vote for Aid For Kids.

Readers can cast their ballot at www.facebook.com/TomsofMaine.

Last year, winners planted new trees in the wake of Hurricane Ike in Texas and provided fresh produce for the elderly and homebound in North Carolina.

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