Over the past several years, Portland Secret Santa has donated $50,000 to Mainers in need.This year, they helped share some of that with people in Bangor.For holiday skeptic, Cher’ron Frye, the thought of Santa coming down a chimney never seemed plausible.”I’ve never believed in Santa before.”That is, until he strolled into Hands of Hope, where she works.”He’s handing out $100 bills and I’m thinking I’m looking for a miracle.
Waterville officials still don’t know where the city’s new police station will be located.Tuesday night city council voted to table the decision until next month.That followed a presentation and public comment on the proposed plan.We’re told there was a lot of opposition from residents.A study committee recommends building the police station on a city-owned site at Head of Falls.
Volunteers all across the state have been helping police with their search for Ayla Reynolds.Wednesday night, many of them came together for a candlelight vigil in her honor.About 70 people met at a church in Waterville to pray that Ayla comes home safe.Local residents who helped organize the service told us they just wanted to do something to help.”I think when we first heard the news a lot of us who are moms were just wanting to do something tangible to make a difference.
A young boy in Orrington is spreading the Christmas spirit.A news story about homelessness inspired seven-year-old Braydon Mott to collect toys for Toys for Tots.Mott used his own Christmas money to buy the toys and then asked anyone and everyone who was willing to donate.Braydon’s gift of Christmas isn’t just for those less fortunate.
A winter display at Hollywood Slots Hotel and Raceway in Bangor is bringing smiles and feeding families this season.You’ll find an 11-foot tall snowman in the lobby of the hotel.The snowman, his friend and trees were all made out of canned goods.Over 1,900 pounds of canned goods make up the display.They’ll be delivered to United Way.Artist Allison Melton created the scene and says she wanted it to represent the spirit of the holidays.”This year I decided to do a Snowman because I was trying to think of something that was holiday related but also really brought upon this feeling of nostalgia and community.
Students at the Dedham School are bringing Christmas to children they don’t even know.One by one students dropped off piles and piles of pajamas as they paraded throughout the gynasium during a Christmas assembly.The pajamas will be taken to Spruce Run, a domestic violence shelter.This year, they collected 135 pajamas.Amanda Cost, the Program Director for Spruce Run says the donation opens up the conversation on a sensitive subject in hopes of preventing it from happening in the future.”There are really very age appropriate ways to talk to kids about domestic violence and I think this school is starting that by looking at character and talking about the choices we make and how we treat each other,” she said.Last year, the school donated 1-hundred fourteen pajamas.