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Girls Who Grant raised over $550 for the Springvale Library with their Christmas with Santa event on November 27.

Do you sew, crochet or knit? The Trafton Center will be collecting lap blankets to donate to those in treatment and local seniors needing comfort. Dropoff date is March 1, 2023. Call Patti Frohloff at 207-651-8158 with any questions.

This week the Maine Children’s Cancer Program recognized the Sanford Elks MCCP Committee for their unwavering support of the program. Through their various events and efforts over the past year, including Night For a Cause, Arnie’s Ride, and the Square Pond Fishing Derby, the Elks raised $122,000 to help advance the care provided to local kids at MCCP. MCCP is the pediatric oncology program of The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at Maine Medical Center, and is Maine’s premier treatment center for children diagnosed with cancer and blood disorders. MCCP also participates in clinical research to improve survival rates and move closer to a cure, and supports the entire family throughout their journey with childhood cancer.

Audrey Coleman, a senior at Sanford High School, is making toiletry kits and cases for teens as a senior service project. There are many teens in our communities that are facing housing instability, whether they’re unhoused, in foster care, or experiencing unstable housing. The kits will contain typical toiletry items, but her goal is to make them more full-size than travel-size and prepare them in new, teen-specific bags or cases. There will be female, male, and gender-neutral options, as well as some smaller bags with either cosmetic or menstrual products. If you’d like to contribute, Audrey will be accepting donations through December 9, and then assembling and delivering the completed kits before Christmas to both The Compassion Closet here in Sanford, and The Ryan Home Project, which serves youth in North Berwick, Berwick and Lebanon. See the flyer below for more details on how you can help.

Trails Committee members recently worked to repair damaged boards on the 300-foot boardwalk that runs across the wetland on the Mousam Way South trail. The 1.6 mile trail runs through the woods along the Mousam River from Emery St. to School St.

As Nasson Community Center increases its offerings of recreational sports, organizers have seen a need for additional equipment to best suit all child levels. This includes various sized basketballs, pinnies etc. along with storage for these items. Last year’s fundraiser ent toward buying new basketballs and volleyballs. This year it’s time to replace pinnies and buy smaller basketballs for the littles. Any help is appreciated! Nasson Community Center is a registered 501 c 3 nonprofit. Donate here: https://www.facebook.com/donate/806348040434803/512870030862648/.

If you are struggling to provide a merry Christmas for your children this year, apply to Toys For Tots for assistance by December 8 at springvale-me.toysfortots.org.

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