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I was so honored (and humbled) to receive this award on October 5, 2017. I accepted this award and dedicated it to all of the wonderful people who surround me and so unselfishly pitch in and help with Let's All Have A Merrier Christmas over the past 32 years!
So pleased to be able to announce that Albert Carver, Patrick Robinson, and the crew of AC Inc presented the Let's All Have A Merrier Christmas program with a check for $8,125!!!!!!!!! Albert learned about our losing a major sponsor (who had taken care of up to 125 children on our list in the past.) He quickly jumped into Santa mode, and called with the wonderful news that they woud take care of the amount we had lost.
We are just totally at a loss for words to express our gratitude to Albert and Beth Carver, Patrick, and the wonderful crew of AC Inc!!!!!!!
And here they are.....38 pair of pajamas shopped for and purchased by Juanita Gray and family in memory of Mackenzie Gray, precious, precious girl with the biggest heart and smile you could ever imagine.Thank you for making a difference for 38 children this coming Christmas.....and thank you, Mackenzie, for being such a sweet, loving little girl who brightened the lives of everyone whoever met you.
Bobbi Sue Gray came up with the awesome idea of holding a Car/Bike Show to benefit Let's All Have A Merrier Christmas. She enlisted the help of MANY volunteers and held this event on September 23, 2017.
With the proceeds from the car/bike show, raffles, and bake sale, they donated $625 to this years program!
What a great day!!!! Andie Lovejoy and her mom, Yvonne Hayward put on the largest fundraiser in Let's All Have A Merrier Christmas' history. Andie, who has helped with the program for the last three years and considers it one of very favorite groups to help, encouraged her mother to help her put on a Christmas pageant to help raise money for the program.
There were 37 beautiful ladies of all ages who competed in various age categories. Because of Andie's vision, they raised a little over $2,770 and also collected several bags and boxes of new toys, clothing, books, and personal items! WOW!!!!!
Thank you to everyone who came out and helped with the pageant and who donated......Thank you, Yvonne, for this huge undertaking. It was awesome!
And thank you, thank you, thank you, Andie.....You, young lady, have made a HUGE difference in many children's Christmas this year. I hope you know what a very special young lady you are!!!!
One of the highlights of our season is making the annual trip to Ellsworth Walmart to begin shopping at 5:30!
We didn't have a vehicle large enough to transport our group of volunteers PLUS hold the hundreds of gifts.....Buddy Mills jumps in and saves the day by getting us a bus and he even volunteered to drive us!
Yvonne Hayward and her daughter, Andie, are hosting the "2nd Annual Downeast Christmas Angel Pageant!" on Saturday, December 9, at 2:00 p.m. at the Milbridge Elementary School.
Andie has helped with Let's All Have a Merrier Christmas for the past several years, and it is very near and dear to her heart. It was actually Andie's idea to host a pageant to help raise funds and toys for the children on our list.
Andie and her team raised over $2,500 and over 100 toys to donate last year. WOW!!!
It was a HUGE amount of work, but they are determined to do it again this year!
Check out the details on Facebook by clicking the link below.
Downeast Christmas Angel Pageant
WARNING -- Cuteness Overload!!
Just spoke with Jimmy Emerson. His 4-year-old son, Brady (quite the little entrepreneur) has his own little business, called "Brady's Place." He sells tote bags, homemade applesauce, jams & jellies, and other things. He decided, all on his own, that he wants to donate $2 from every tote bag he sells at craft fairs and online between now and December 2. How precious is that?!
He will be at the Shop-a-Palooza at the Harrington Elementary School tomorrow, November 5, and he will also be at the Jonesport Elementary School Craft Fair on November 11. Stop by and shop at Brady's Place.
You can also order from him on his Facebook page (see link below)
Remember, for every tote bag you buy from him, he is going to donate $2 to Let's All Have a Merrier Christmas!
Brady's Place Facebook Page
Bangor Savings Bank - Jonesport & Machias
If you have a new toy/warm clothing that you would like to donate, please feel free to drop items off at Machias Savings Bank's Calais, Columbia Falls, or Baileyville locations.
The trees will be up right after Thanksgiving.
Thank you to each of the above businesses for your help!!
Cliff Norton of Stewart's Grocery & Diner/Take Out has donated this beautiful Flexible Flyer sled to raise funds for Let's All Have a Merrier Christmas. For every dollar donated at Stewart's Grocery, your name will go in on a drawing to win this sled! (to be drawn on December 16)
In addition, Cliff has also generously offered to match donations up to $500!! How awesome is that?!!!
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We will be posting frequently asked questions with answers in this section.
Jim Emerson of Friendship Trap notified us that they are raffling off a lobster trap now through December 15. All proceeds will be donated to Let's All Have A Merrier Christmas.
Daisy Girl Scout Troop 756 held a bake sale at the Fall Fest Craft Fair at the Jonesport Fire Station on 11/19/1y. They sold lots of yummy baked goods. They raised $200, and were so excited to donate it to Let's All Have A Merrier Christmas!