BAR HARBOR – Since 1906, Maine seacoast Mission has traveled to islands in Hancock and Washington County, providing natives with supplies and the spirit of Christmas.
Today, they continue that tradition.
“A lot of families are struggling, a lot of seniors are alone and not visited in homes,” said Marilyn Nickson, the community coordinator, “Prisoners (also) of course need to be remembered.”
And now, it is no longer a matter of choosing between purchasing a gift or paying bills. Every family can still have that perfect Christmas.
“Seacoast Mission has had a presence here on the coast for over 100 years and this kind of thing keeps up the connections,” she said.
Certain items can be requested, where it will be wrapped in traditional white paper and red ribbon and delivered to destinations for easy pick up.
“We respond to peoples’ needs,” said Scott Planting, the president, “We don’t say we’ll serve you or you. We try to respond to everyone. We try to respond to request from people asking for services and always try to do that.”
The Seacoast Mission travels all over the area to discover what people need. It is the trust that they build, that allows them to be successful at what they do.
“People like Marilyn who have worked for the Mission their entire working life and are very devoted, he said, “When a call comes in for someone who needs home heating oil or an emergency – whatever the time or day or night, Marilyn or someone will respond.”
But behind every Christmas Miracle is a hard working person ready and able to make it happen.
“Mrs. Christmas does the planning. It takes all year and the directing – I couldn’t do it without all of these volunteers,” said Nickson, “A ton of them come in.”
Community members help the Seacoast Mission function through the donations they receive. Whether it is cash or knitted mittens, it all makes a difference in the lives of others.