Jan. 11 -- To the Editor:

Thank you to all the many citizens, businesses, churches, community groups and Kittery Town personnel that helped make our 2018 Kittery Holiday Basket program a success. Each year, we are completely dependent on the generosity of the Kittery community and we are always overwhelmed by their support.

Over sixty years ago, Esther Linscott, a Kittery Visiting Nurse, saw the need to help seniors at the holidays with food baskets and Kittery Holiday Baskets was born. Her daughter Barbara Moulton and her sister expanded the program to toys for the children and a set of new clothes. Since Barbara’s retirement, a small group of dedicated volunteers has been able to continue to provide this valuable support at the holidays. This year, Kittery Holiday Baskets provided food and gifts to almost ninety Kittery families. Each of the 160 children on our list received a full bounty of toys as well as two new outfits and when needed a new coat, snow boots and shoes. We thank all of the following businesses and organizations for their support:

Kittery Town Hall, Kittery Community Center, Kittery Public Works Kittery Police Department, Kittery Fire Department, Kittery Lions Club, Kittery Rotary Club, Kittery School Department, Fuel & More Footprints, Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, many Kittery Citizens, Second Christian Church Bethany Church - Kittery Point, 1st Congregational Church, St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, First Christian Church, TD Bank Kittery, People’s United Bank The Kittery Outlets, Perfect Move, Green Pages, Parker Hannafin, Kittery Trading Post, Bob’s Clam Hut, Old Navy, Kate’s Bakery, ADK, P.E.O. Dustbusters, Maine Fish & Game Club, Judy Bickley -Stuff A Truck.

Our work is a complete community effort and speaks to the strength of the Kittery community.

Best wishes for the New Year!

Beth Gilbert

Kittery Holiday Baskets