There is Still Time to Help Give a Merry Christmas

There is Still Time to Help Give a Merry Christmas

CHERRYFIELD, ME — Marilyn Nickson, our Christmas Program Manager, welcomes a late gift arrival. Yes, there is still time to help a family, a child, a senior have a Merry Christmas.

You can download our Christmas Wish List 2019 here. The Wish List includes package mailing instructions.

Also, this year is the first time the Mission is also offering our Amazon Christmas Wish List for those of you who prefer shopping online and letting someone else take care of the mailing.

Either way, Merry Christmas and thank you for your help.

A Christmas Program 2018 Thank You: An Average 15 Gifts Each for 1,524 Kids, Seniors

A Christmas Program 2018 Thank You: An Average 15 Gifts Each for 1,524 Kids, Seniors

Mission Christmas Program Coordinator Marilyn Nickson. on behalf of everyone at Maine Seacoast Mission, sends a warm thank you to “everyone…who helped make this a good Christmas for so many of our neighbors.”

The Maine Seacoast Mission offers a sincere thank you to the numerous volunteers, donors, and local businesses who helped with our Christmas Program this year.

Without these helpers we would not have a successful program.

This Christmas, the Mission provided gifts for 1,524 area children and seniors, who each received an average fifteen presents. From donor to wrapper, each gift represents a lot of time and thought.

Thank you also to the other area Christmas programs who worked with us to make sure all families in need were served.

Many of our neighbors took tags hung on trees in Marden’s, Renys and other area businesses and purchased needed items. Others knit hats, mittens and lap robes for children and seniors, or gave their time to wrap gifts.

Thanks again to everyone in the community who helped make this a good Christmas for so many of our neighbors.

Mission 2018 Christmas Wish List Now Available

Mission 2018 Christmas Wish List Now Available

CHERRYFIELD, ME — The Maine Seacoast Mission is gearing up again for the 2018 Christmas season. We could not brighten Christmas for the people in our communities without your generosity.

To ensure donations will arrive in time for Christmas 2018 they must be here no later than December 10, 2018. Donations arriving after Dec. 10 will be saved for Christmas 2019.

Please direct all donations to the Mission’s Downeast Campus in Cherryfield.

Maine Seacoast Mission Christmas Program
6 Weald Bethel Lane
PO Box 428
Cherryfield, ME 04622

Our office in Bar Harbor is for sale. We are not receiving Christmas gifts at that address this year.

Here is our suggested 2018 Christmas Wish List. The Wish List is also available for downloading and distribution in PDF format. Click Here. We like to stick to traditional, imagination powered toys, basic clothing, and personal care items. We try also to be good environmental stewards with a less-is-more approach to gifts and packaging.

With limited storage space gift cards are especially helpful. They. also allow us to buy items in short supply or to ensure, for example, a pair of boots fits.

Many elderly people receiving Christmas gifts are in nursing homes. Basic and practical items are very welcome, i.e. lap robes, nightwear, toiletries, puzzle books, or music.

Please get in touch with me if you have any questions about our 2018 Christmas season arrangements. Call me at 207-546-5867 or send me an email at [email protected]

IMPORTANT: Please include your full name and address on any package or letter you send us so we can properly acknowledge them.

Marilyn Nickson, Mission Christmas Program Coordinator

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Maine Seacoast Mission Christmas Wish List 2018

Please Do Not Send:

Food, Summer Clothing and Toys, Toy Guns, Over the Counter Medications

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Items Most Needed for Program

Toiletries (All Ages)

  • Toothpaste
  • Shampoo
Body Wash
  • Lotion
  • Lip Balm

Clothing for Adults (Seniors)

  • Pajamas and Nighties
  • Gripper socks/Crew socks
  • Lap Robes (Handmade most appreciated)
  • Cardigan Sweaters

Clothing for Children and Teens

  • Pajamas
  • Sweatpants/Sweatshirts
  • Mittens (Especially hand knit)
  • Boot socks
  • Books (All levels)
  • Art Supplies (All levels and ages
  • Drawing and Paint Pads
  • Adult Puzzle and Coloring Books
  • Colored Pencils, Fine Markers, Fat Crayons
  • Sleds
  • Ice Fishing Gear
  • Building Toys
  • Baby Dolls
  • Christmas Music CD’s
  • Movies for Children and Seniors
  • Gift Cards

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Mission’s Longest-Tenured Employee Retires, after 37-years, from Full-Time Service

Mission’s Longest-Tenured Employee Retires, after 37-years, from Full-Time Service

Marilyn Nickson (left) listens to Mission Service Program Director Wendy Harrington read a letter of appreciation for Ms. Nickson’s 37-years of service. Other Mission personnel stand nearby, listening.

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July 2, 2018

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Maine Seacoast Mission’s Longest-Tenured Employee Retires, after 37-years, from Full-Time Service

CHERRYFIELD, ME — After a remarkable 37-years of service, Maine Seacoast Mission’s longest-tenured employee, Marilyn Nickson, retired Thursday, June 28, from full-time work as the Mission’s Community Resource Coordinator. However, Marilyn Nickson is staying part-time, seasonally, to continue coordinating the Mission’s longstanding Christmas program.

“We are so grateful to have benefited for so long from Marilyn’s positive, kind, friendly, and compassionate way of working with colleagues and constituents,” said Mission President Scott Planting.

Among her other success stories with the Mission, Ms. Nickson worked with countless volunteers and for years ran the thrift shop in Cherryfield. She started a senior companions program, helped with all kinds of emergency assistance, started food programs such as the backpack program and the Sunbeam-on-Wheels. The former program provided healthy food to kids and their families, the latter program brings healthy food to community people unable to travel.

Ms. Nickson is looking forward to her retirement and the opportunity to pursue some of her many hobbies. Mission personnel held a party Thursday, June 28, at the Mission’s Downeast Campus to thank Marilyn Nickson for her work, friendship, and for continuing on with her invaluable work with the Mission as “Mrs. Santa.”

Congregational Church of Wells, ME Helps Mission Elves at Elves Workshop

Congregational Church of Wells, ME Helps Mission Elves at Elves Workshop

Congregational Church of Wells, ME Helps Elves Workshop

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.