The 2020 United Bikers of Maine Executive Board poses for a photo. The group is a big supporter of the Christmas Magic program, which provides gifts to area children. UNITED BIKERS OF MAINE PHOTO

Toy drive aims to preserve that holiday magic

ELLSWORTH — Downeast Community Partners’ Christmas Magic program is hosting a toy drive benefiting Washington County and Hancock County children aged birth to 12th grade. Monetary donations are also needed.

Donors may bring a new, unwrapped toy to the toy drive on Saturday, Nov. 28, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Maine Coast Mall. A “COVID-safe Santa” will be greeting people and collecting toys outside near T.J. Maxx. 

Program administrator Sharrie Curtis says, “We help as many families as we can.” She went on to say, “Every year, the community comes together to provide Christmas for local families in Washington and Hancock counties. It is likely that this year, your gifts will be needed more than ever.”

During 2019, a total of 355 children received Christmas gifts through this program. The United Bikers of Maine and Hancock County Sheriff’s Office are big supporters. Last year, the Sheriff’s Office purchased toys for 150 local children.

Hancock County Deputy Dan Harlan helps deliver toys for the Christmas Magic program last December. DOWNEAST COMMUNITY PARTNERS PHOTO

An estimated 400 children will be served through this program during 2020. The cost is $50 per child; however, a gift of any amount makes a difference, say organizers. The program has raised about half of the money needed. Visit for gift ideas. The program has an Amazon wish list to make ordering gifts easy and convenient. The wish list’s name is Christmas Magic DCP.

Families who are unemployed or underemployed are more vulnerable when a crisis such as COVID-19 occurs. This leaves parents unable to afford Christmas gifts for their children. 

If you are interested in learning more or adopting a family, contact DCP at 664-2424 or email [email protected]

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