Lobster Rolls Brighten Christmas For Central Maine Kids In Need 

It’s one of the biggest fundraisers of the year for the folks at the Maine Children’s Home for Little Wanderers in Waterville.The freinds organization has been supporting programs at the Maine Children’s Home through a series of fundraisers since 1961. One of the biggest — the lobster roll fundraiser. “It requires a lot of work,” says Cristen Sawyer of the Maine Children’s Home for Little Wanderers. “Takes “The most work and raises lots of money.”Lori Hoin has been volunteering on the fundraiser since it’s inception. “We all meet at 5:00 a.m. and prepare the lobster lunches and everyone just chips in. There’s probably 8-10 of us that do this. Then all of them need to be delivered.”They sold 400 lobster rolls, doubling their output from three years ago, the first year of the fundraiser, they raised around $4000. Faculty and staff at the George Mitchell Elementary School in Waterville bought the most lobster lunches and students delivered them. The money raised is earmarked for the christmas program at the Maine Children’s Home. “It’s a program that provides boxes of christmas gifts toys, clothing to needy families throughout Central Maine with children ages 12 and under,” Sawyer explains.The lobster is donated by Cozy Harbor Seafood in Portland. Other local businesses like Hannaford and Shaws chipped in as well. “They support the friends efforts to support the Maine Children’s Home,” Sawyer says. “And they want to see the holidays happen for all the families that are otherwise struggling.”After all the hard work, volunteers admit they do have a lot of fun. “I have to say this is one of my favorites,” Sawyer says with a smile. “Maybe not so much getting up at 5:00 in the morning to stuff lobster rolls but it is a lot of fun.”