BAR HARBOR — The Maine Sea Coast Mission is looking for donations of gifts to support its annual Christmas Program. Gifts can be brought to the Colket Center at 127 West St. or to their campus at 6 Weald Bethel Lane in Cherryfield.
In 1905, the Maine Sea Coast Mission started their Christmas Program to offer holiday cheer to those in need. Today, more than 3,000 Christmas parcels, all brand new, will be distributed not only to families residing on Isle au Haut, Frenchboro, Matinicus, Swans and Mount Desert Islands, but in Hancock and Washington counties. Those parcels are often transported on the mission’s vessel, Sunbeam.
“Elves,” volunteers from each community, will often identify someone in need, while others call the mission and fill out a form with a specific gift request. In the end, recipients of all ages benefit from the program, which makes it all the more gratifying for everyone involved.
The mission still needs new, unwrapped items to fulfill their requests. They welcome traditional toys (building blocks, Legos); school and art supplies; toiletries (especially for the elderly in nursing homes); hand-knit hats, mittens and scarves; books for all ages; movies, puzzles and games; and clothes for both children and adults.
Gifts for outer islanders can be brought to the Colket Center in Bar Harbor at 127 West Street. Gifts for Down East communities can be brought to 6 Weald Bethel Lane in Cherryfield.
Mission hosts senior coffee
The event, open to all senior citizens, is aimed at providing additional opportunities for socializing.
Music for the coffee house will be provided by Ruth Grierson. Transportation to the event, held at 127 West St., is available.