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Warm clothing needed for new refugees

DEAR SUN SPOTS: Would you be able to find out when the next gun show is scheduled for the Lewiston Armory? Thank you. — No name, Lewiston.

ANSWER: According to J.T. Reid’s Gun Shop, the Annual Twin City Gun Show will be held the last weekend of March in 2017 at the Lewiston Memorial Armory. Updates should be available over the coming months. You can check out their website, jtreidsgunshop.com/gun-show.php as the date gets closer. If you are looking for an event that is happening a little sooner, on Oct. 15 and 16 J.T. Reid’s Gun Show will be taking place at the Ramada Inn with over 30 dealers from all over New England.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: I am working closely with French-speaking refugees from Central Africa who are recent arrivals to our city and in need of our help. These people have never experienced cold weather as they are used to living in countries that are located near or on the equator. They have no sweaters, winter coats, boots etc. I am hoping to reach people who have clothing items that they would like to donate to help these gentle people survive our long winter. You may call me at (207) 240-8515 and I will arrange to pick up your items. We are also accepting donations of household goods such as dishes, utensils, pots and pans etc. Your help will be greatly appreciated. — Cecile, no town.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: For those seeking to donate used eyeglasses, they can be dropped off at Central Maine Federal Credit Union on Lisbon Street across from McDonald’s. They have a box for such donations as you enter the bank lobby on the left. When the box is full they call for pickup to be used for those in need. — No name, Lewiston.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: We are senior citizens and read Sun Spots every day. We are looking to hire someone who is very good at caulking. We have caulking that needs to be done in our front door area. It’s not a big job but it’s something we can’t do. If anyone is interested please call us at (207) 946-4961. — No name, Greene.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: Pencils of Promise is a nonprofit organization whose purpose is to build schools in the developing world. PoP presently has teams in Laos, Ghana and Guatemala. I started a fundraiser about 2 1/2 years ago to raise the required $25,000 to build a school. Unfortunately I only have until the end of December to reach my goal, then the cost of their mission increases to $35,000. Presently, through a vast support system, I have raised $18,700.00, mainly through collecting returnable bottles and cans. Please help me reach my goal for donating any returnables you may have. I may be reached by email, poulinpatricia@hotmail.com. — Pat Poulin, Lisbon.

ANSWER: Pencils of Promise is a “for-purpose” organization founded in 2008 with the goal of increasing access to quality education for children in the developing world. PoP works with communities across the globe to build schools and create programs that provide educational opportunities for children, no matter where they are born or what resources they have.  PoP is an accredited charitable organization, according to BBB Wise Giving Alliance, having met the credit alliance’s standards of accountability. Please think about helping Pat with her goal by donating your returnables. 

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