CHERRYFIELD, ME — Jillian is active on the Mission’s Downeast Campus whenever, it seems, she’s not traveling as Steward aboard the Sunbeam. Her activities include helping get wrapped Christmas presents from Point A to Points B, C, D, E, F, G, etc.
This is the Mission’s busiest week for the Christmas Program. With two-thirds of the wrapping completed, our volunteer elves are looking at extra shifts to finish the work.
Jillian’s been great at filling her old Honda hatchback with Christmas gifts for families on Maine islands, which will arrive with Jillian aboard the Sunbeam.
With this photo, emailed yesterday, Jillian writes, “I picked up another carload of presents today for Islesboro. Here’s a picture I caught of one of our devoted elves, Dannie, before she raced back inside to wrap more gifts.”
Learn more about the Mission’s Christmas Program
CHERRYFIELD, ME — Monica and Amity Chipman organized a toy drive for the Seacoast Mission’s Christmas program. A Milbridge retail and wholesale live lobster business, Chipman’s Wharf invited fishermen, customers, friends and family to donate new toys to the Mission.
The Chipman children delivered more than 50 toys to the Elves Workshop. Children in the photo are Nash, Maverick, Wesley, Elena, Madelyn and Isaac Chipman. Thank you.
Our thanks thrice. Once to members of the Congregational Church of Wells, ME for helping the Mission Elves at the Elves Workshop at our Downeast Campus making Christmas brighter. And thank you to Chuck McDonald of Barnacle Billy’s Seafood Restaurant, Ogunquit, ME for driving the Congregational Church of Wells’s help boxes to Bar Harbor, ME. And thanks to David Snyder for helping unload Chuck’s van.
Learn More about the Elves Workshop.
Each year, through Christmas events and programs, Maine Seacoast Mission distributes about 10,000 holiday gifts to more than 3,200 children, families, nursing home residents, and prisoners at Christmastime.
This includes the “Elves’ Workshop” in the Weald Bethel Community Center at our Downeast Campus in Cherryfield, ME. At the “Elves Workshop,” people can choose the gifts to give their families.
The tradition of Mission Christmas presents began more than 100 years ago when the Mission brought gifts to island residents and lighthouse keepers.
To find out how you can help the 2016 Christmas program, download the 2016 Christmas Wish List (PDF) and/or contact Marilyn Nickson.