OLD TOWN, Maine — The Old Town Rotary Club is supplying families in need with food for the holidays for the second year.
Even more so during the Christmas season, families struggle to make ends meet. Some parents have to make tough decisions like whether to spend $20 on their child’s gift or feed the rest of their family for a couple of days, rotarian Linda Bryant said.
That’s where her work began.
“Last year I started doing birthday bags for the schools … because families are having a difficult time. They’re struggling,” she said. “It’s hard decisions they have to make.”
So, she came up with an idea to help make life a little bit easier for those in her community. With the help of the Rotary Club, Bryant put together birthday bags stocked with cake mix, frosting, balloons, cookware and little toys for kids at Old Town Elementary School.
When that job was done, Bryant wasn’t ready to stop. She knew there was more to be done, so she asked Jeanna Tuell, principal at Old Town Elementary School, how else the rotary club could help.
Tuell’s suggestion was Christmas stockings.
So Bryant and her team of rotarians did just that. They put together dozens of Christmas stockings with little toys, candies and books for children.
“It’s not what’s in the stocking — it’s just that the child has a stocking for Christmas morning,” she said.