“I picked up a new pair of jeans today,” said Rich Beecher this afternoon. “I need a heavy jacket also, but I didn’t find one yet. He was extremely grateful for the jeans anyway as he and others looked through donated clothing at Monument Square in Portland today. Anonymous, a national organization, sponsored the event today.
An anonymous member said that the group decided it wanted to help people in the streets. The group collected clothing from a variety of sources to distribute today. They also collected about $300. from GoFund that enabled them to buy from a second-hand store. This is the third time the group has distributed clothing to those in need. The first distribution was on December 1, 2018 and again on Christmas Eve, December 24, 2018. The latter was held inside the Oxford Street Shelter, Portland.
The group’s activity came on the same day that Governor Janet T. Mills requested Mainers participate in a statewide “Day of Service” as a capstone to her first week as Maine’s first women governor and its 75th governor.
Governor Janet Mills and some members of her family spent the morning at the Good Shepherd Food Bank, Auburn, helping to sort and box food donations. The Food Bank is a non-profit dedicated to eliminating hunger in Maine by distributing nutritious food to people in need.
The statewide Day of Service is intended to be a call to action to foster community and civic engagement as part of leading Maine in a new, better direction – the promise of the Governor’s campaign. Anonymous demonstrated an amazing amount of civic engagement at Monument Square in Portland today. Maybe other groups will follow their example.
Please see post dated January 1, 2019 herein for more information on the Governor Mills “Day of Service.”