Portland, ME – Due to the overwhelming response from the public to provide in-kind donations to the victims of the Lewiston fires, Catholic Charities Maine and The Salvation Army are requesting folks re-direct their efforts at this time to make monetary contributions to a special fund that has been set up to help the victims.
“The community response has been tremendous and we are truly thankful for the outpouring of support,” notes CCM Chief Operating Officer Jeffrey Tiner, “but what is needed now is money to buy the critical items that must be purchased new, such as mattresses and bedding, and items for children that must be purchased new due to safety concerns over government recalls.”
Monetary donations may be made online at www.volunteermaine.org, by clicking on the “Support Lewiston Fire Relief” link. The fund will be administered by the United Way of Androscoggin County. Donations are also being accepted via the American Red Cross at (207) 874-1192, extension 116.
If any groups or businesses have already collected items in bulk, please call (207) 523-2728 and leave a message outlining the nature of the items you have collected. A representative will get back to you to arrange for a drop off of bulk-donations only.
About Catholic Charities Maine
For more than 45 years, Catholic Charities Maine has provided high-quality, community-based, social services to people of all faiths, beliefs, and economic backgrounds. As one of the largest human service agencies in the state, we are committed to helping children and adults overcome adversity and achieve self-sufficiency. To learn more, please visit www.ccmaine.org.
About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 129 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar spent is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide.
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Sr. Communications Project & PR Director
Catholic Charities Maine
307 Congress Street
Portland, ME 04101
207.781.8550, ext. 2761