Caribou thrift store owners give gift to help families of terminally ill children

Posted Dec. 03, 2010, at 9:23 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 29, 2011, at 12:44 a.m.

CARIBOU, Maine — Cindy and Chris Johnson, owners of The Cubby thrift shop located in the former Powers Theatre building, recently presented a $1,200 donation to the Carl Robert Dream Foundation.

The nonprofit foundation was formed in memory of Carl Robert Langley, who was 8 years old when he was diagnosed with brain cancer in 1995 and died three years later. It is dedicated to helping local families with terminally ill children.

The Johnsons, whose son Kaleb “Cubby” was diagnosed with a life-threatening illness as an infant, designate a portion of all sales at their shop to donate to organizations such as those that helped them when they needed assistance.

Langley’s aunt Linday Harvey accepted the Johnsons’ donation to the foundation.

Harvey, who recalled her nephew’s wish being granted by Operation Lift-Off, said the foundation now helps others in his memory.

“The main thing about the funds raised by this foundation is that they all stay in The County, given to families who need help,” Harvey said.

“One of our biggest fundraisers is our annual trail ride, held in the fall. Last year we had 97 participants,” she said. Other fundraisers include horse rides, nature walks, a supper and an auction.

The Carl Robert Dream Foundation also offers an annual scholarship to a high school senior who is a resident of Aroostook County.

For more information about the foundation or to make a donation, contact Linda Langley at 473-4495.