2018-03-22 / Editorial

Did You Hear?

by Alex MacPhail


Saco Girl Scout Troop 1885 visited St. Andre Healthcare in Biddeford March 18 for their annual cookie sale to residents of the facility as part of its yearly fundraiser. From left, CK Burns Elementary School third graders, Hayden Conway, troop Co- Leader Tricia Johnson, Lila Bishop, Brelyn Maloney, Janessa Johnson, Ava Paulak, Addison Gould and troop Co-Leader Victoria Maloney. (Alex MacPhail photo) Saco Girl Scout Troop 1885 visited St. Andre Healthcare in Biddeford March 18 for their annual cookie sale to residents of the facility as part of its yearly fundraiser. From left, CK Burns Elementary School third graders, Hayden Conway, troop Co- Leader Tricia Johnson, Lila Bishop, Brelyn Maloney, Janessa Johnson, Ava Paulak, Addison Gould and troop Co-Leader Victoria Maloney. (Alex MacPhail photo) Have you heard? St Andre Healthcare in Biddeford on Sunday, March 18 hosted Girl Scout Troop 1885 from Saco, who visited as a part of their annual fundraiser. Led by parents Tricia Johnson and Victoria Maloney of Saco, this was the third year the Scouts visited to sell cookies to residents and families alike at the nursing/ rehab facility.

“Our local troop gets a percentage of the cookie sales, which helps them pay for arts and craft supplies, badges and more,” said Maloney, troop co-leader. The troop is made up of third graders, ages 8 and 9, from CK Burns Elementary School in Saco, who meet at the Saco Parks and Recreation building.

According to Lila Bishop, whose daughter Krystal Bishop is a participant, “It brings a lot of pride and teamwork for the girls, it gives them confidence – gives them girl power.”

What made this sale unique was it also gave residents of St. Andre the opportunity to purchase the sweet treats at a facility that might not otherwise have had access. Said Fr. David Schlaver, from Old Orchard Beach, who delivers Sunday Morning Services,

“It is wonderful they can give (the residents) a chance to purchase the cookies here on site, so they can enjoy them as well,” said Fr. David Schlaver of Old Orchard Beach, who delivers Sunday morning services.

Maloney said proceeds from this year’s cookie sale will help pay for a special trip for the girls to the Boston Museum of Science.

In other community news, The Old Orchard Beach Community Food Pantry and Resource Center, located on Saco Avenue wants readers to know it is more than just a food pantry, it is also a place that helps with pet/service animal food needs, legal assistance, senior outreach, veterans issues and more. Board of directors member Sandra Paynter described it as a “one stop shop” for those in need.Paynter, an Old Orchard Beach resident, said there great need in the community for more than just food.

“We have a lawyer who volunteers at the office, providing representation, a Notary and more. We try to provide support in just about every capacity for those in need,” she said.

Organizers of the program recently assisted with housing for several homeless veterans, have provided help for heating needs and according to board of directors member Karen Underwood, began to help with pet food assistance for those who may have had to choose between paying for medication and feeding their pets or service animals.

“Whatever their needs are, we try to help them,” Paynter.

Upcoming fundraisers for the nonprofit organization, which serves Ocean Park as well, include a silent auction at Jumpin Jakes (featuring music from Don Campbell) on Sunday, April 29 and a craft sale at Duffy’s on Saturday, May 12. Visit www.oobcommunityfoodpantry.org to find out more about the services provided, a schedule of events and how to contribute/volunteer.

Do you have a local event you would like to see featured? Email ad representative Alex MacPhail at haveyouheardcourier@gmail.com and we will see you there.

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