Holiday News & Notes - November/December 2023

Greetings Stephanie, We hope that you and your family are doing well and looking forward to the holidays! In this season of thanks and giving, we appreciate your continued friendship and support of our 'neighbors helping neighbors' mission.We are grateful for you! Below find links to our holiday wishes for kids, a list of giving trees, and more. Wishing you and yours a Happy Thanksgiving!

Holiday News & Giving Trees

Holiday Presents for Kids

We all want kids - and parents! - to have a merry holiday! With help from you and lots of caring neighbors all around town, we can give new toys, crafts, and games and winter clothes for kids who live in Scarborough. Stop by one of the giving trees or pick a virtual 'tree tag' on our SignUpGenius. Put your presents in a festive gift bag (or leave them unwrapped) and bring them to Santa's helpers at the Scarborough Public Safety Building on Friday, Dec. 15th 6:30-7:30 p.m. or Saturday, Dec. 16th. 9 a.m. - Noon. You can also give online and our elves will do the shopping.

Our first wish lists for kids is in! We are expecting more wish lists through December 10th.

Sign Up to Give a Present for a Child or Teen

Giving Trees Around Town

What's under a tree? New toys for boys & girls, games & craft kits, gift cards for winter clothing for kids, hoodies for teens, hats & mittens & socks, gift bags, ribbons & bows, grocery gift cards, spices for the pantry, and more... It's all thanks to our generous neighbors and friends like you in the community. Several businesses and groups are hosting giving trees or collecting on our behalf this holiday season.

Trees include: Inn by the Sea, Big 20 Bowling Center, St. Maximillian-Kolbe Church, Piper Shores, Scarborough Public Library, Scarborough Public Safety, Pleasant Hill and Wentworth schools, Oasis Wellness, Maine Community Bank, and more... - thank you!!

Have you heard?

#GivingTuesday Match Challenge

For more than 20 years, Project GRACE has been helping neighbors, investing in our community, leading and facilitating collaborative projects. In support of this good work, Art & Belinda of KCV have issued us a $2,500 #GivingTuesday match challenge. Any gift made now through November 30th will count - and we're nearly half way there! #GivingTuesday.

Holiday Happenings

Wondering where to catch a glimpse of Santa? Have you spotted the Grinch? Looking for holiday happenings like Santa in the Park on Dec. 2nd? Check out Scarborough's online calendar to see all the good going on in our town this holiday season, and all year long.

Celebrating the Abundance Around Us

Tis the season when we are most thankful and glad of the people and abundance around us. When you pick up a tree from the Rotary stand at Oak Hill, stop by the Morrison Center for a wreath or poinsettia, or shop for treasures at one of the many charity holiday fairs, think of all that good rippling through our community. It's amazing!

Thank you to everyone who donated to our 2nd annual three communities holiday food drive!

We're Neighbors Helping Neighbors

We're Here to Help.

If you know of a neighbor in Scarborough struggling to meet basic needs or unsure how to connect to resources, please share our number or make a confidential referral to a volunteer. Our friendly and helpful volunteers check messages a couple times a week.