On July 5, you kindly published the article “Comforting foster kids one ‘case’ at a time,” written by Rachel Taylor. As a result, a TV segment was aired by News Center Maine on July 12. The response to these two pieces has been beyond my greatest expectations. Since then, more than 150 Comfort Cases have been distributed to children going into care in the Hancock area and beyond.
Mainers have made afghans and baby washcloths, donated toiletries, books, coloring books and crayons, backpacks, checks and so much more to help these deserving children. Heartfelt thanks go to The Ellsworth American, News Center Maine, Colleen Cameron and everyone at Albertas Hair Salon, Machias Savings Bank, Leslie Harlow at The Ironbound, the Moose Lodge of Ellsworth, Olympia Sports, the Ellsworth Police Department, the Hancock Women’s Club, Friends in Action, Cross Point Church in Bangor, Kim Seltzer and Stephanie White at TD Bank, Patty Carter, Mary Barker, Cate Ewins, Martha Wilson, Judy Baker, Teri Green, Candy Gammelin, Cathy Parshley, Susan Luke, Olivia and Jason Clark, my husband, Howard Weiner and the entire Page family, including Erica, Deb, Buck and, of course, Aunt Pam.
There are almost 2,000 children in foster care in Maine. With this kind of support, we hope to get a Comfort Case to each of them.