BRUNSWICK — Signaling what appears to be the definitive end to the 50-year-old charity, volunteers from Brunswick’s Santa Claus Fund on Tuesday donated the organization’s entire toy inventory to the Waterville-based Maine Children’s Home for Little Wanderers.
The mood was somber as volunteers from the Brunswick-based group boxed up hundreds of toys, mittens, puzzles books and games stored in a sweltering Fort Andross storage unit.
“It’s the end of an era,” said Nancy Campbell, fund secretary.
The Santa Claus Fund, started in 1967, helps provide gifts to children 13 years old and younger in Brunswick, Harpswell, Litchfield, Topsham, Bowdoin, Bowdoinham, Richmond, Woolwich, Arrowsic, Georgetown, Bath, West Bath and Phippsburg.
Last Christmas, the group helped more than 300 children from over 160 families and raised roughly $25,000, chairperson Bob Thiboutot said earlier this year.