GOULDSBORO — Using money collected from bottle and can deposits, Maine Fair Trade Lobster employees opted to buy Christmas gifts for local children rather than for each other.
And then when corporate headquarters in Topsfield, Mass., heard about the initiative, it decided to match the $400 the employees had contributed.
Jessica Whitaker, an administrative support person at the lobster processing plant, obtained the Santa requests from the “Angel Tree” at the Pickled Wrinkle pub in the village of Birch Harbor.
The tree was set up by the Acadian Women’s Club, which then matches gift requests to children who will receive them.
“I went shopping last Friday and was able to buy enough gifts for 42 local children,” Whitaker said.
When she emailed a photo of all the gifts she was able to purchase for children to Maine Fair Trade Lobster headquarters, they sent in their own matching contribution.
With the additional $400 Whitaker planned to buy 20 more gifts for children on the Pickled Wrinkle Angel Tree; four gifts for children on the Angel Tree at the Milbridge House Restaurant; mittens for the mitten tree at the Harrington Elementary School and also planned to make a $100 contribution to Hardy’s Friends, a cat and dog food fund based in Prospect Harbor.