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Hospital Caring Stitchers gifted
From left are Sue Bartash, Caring Stitcher; Tim Barrieau, one of the Rumford Paper Company employees involved in "12 Days of Giving;" Sue Mills, Rumford Paper; and Caring Stitcher Carleen Robinson show off some of the skeins donated by paper company employees.
RUMFORD -- Rumford Paper Company employees donated money this holiday season to purchase gifts that the receivers could use to "pay forward."
The Rumford Hospital Caring Stitchers were chosen and received 80 skeins of yarn with which to craft their Comfort Covers. Comfort Covers are lap robes that are given to every inpatient at the hospital.
The holiday effort has been dubbed "12 Days of Giving." Other recipients of the paper company employees' largess were elderly people who had their oil tanks filled, soldiers overseas who received Maine-made wreaths, and a homeless family who were placed in a home.
Employees also helped set up and served at the Rumford Community Home, even bringing Santa with them. They plan to go to local stores and pick shoppers at random and purchase the items in their carts. They will target people buying coats, mittens and hats. The paper company employees also donated 86 turkeys to food pantries in the area. All together employees have raised and distributed over $10,000 this year.