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Posted: November 20, 2013

Do good and drink wine: Press Herald Toy Fund kick-off Friday at MJ’s

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Christmas shopping lists can get long. There’s the family to buy for (Mom wants an iPad and Dad needs new reading material. And Sis really needs a sweater without holes in the armpits). There are friends, and friends’ kids, and acquaintances, and neighbors. There’s the office gift exchange and three Yankee swap parties. And let’s not forget the mail carrier.

It’s easy to get swept up in the gift-giving when it comes to people we know and love (or, in the case of the mail carrier, people we don’t know very well, although he seems like a really nice fella, and he works hard and we can all appreciate that).

But this year, why not consider giving to some people we don’t know? Like kids in Maine who, for whatever extraneous reason beyond their control, might not have much to unwrap on Christmas morning.

The Portland Press Herald Toy Fund in the spirit of Bruce Roberts brings toys to children in Maine who’s families need extra support during the holidays. The newspaper (sister to has been supporting the Toy Fund for more than 64 years.

They’re celebrating another year of giving with a Toy Fund kick-off event from 5-7 pm Friday at MJ’s Wine Bar at One City Center, Portland.

Tickets are $40 and all proceeds benefit the Toy Fund and the children of Maine who need some holiday love the most. Each ticket also includes two drink vouchers and light hors d’oeuvres, and there will be a silent auction as well.


Not able to make it? Please consider making a donation at

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