Jobs For Maine’s Graduates Determined To Help Kids In Need For The Holiday

SKOWHEGAN, Maine (WABI) – Melanie Clark said, "We are shopping for a 9-year-old boy. He loves Pokémon and Minecraft, all that stuff."

More than thirty Jobs for Maine's Graduates or JMG students filled the aisles of the Walmart in Skowhegan. Matt Clark said, "We are working in collaboration with Madison and Carrabec to bring Christmas goods to kids that wouldn't have Christmas otherwise."

The program is called Santa's Helpers. JMG helps gather toys for children in need. "This is my favorite activity that we do. I love giving back to our community, and I love that it goes right back into our school district. All the students that we pick, we pick out from our school district." said Melanie Clark. The day brings folks from the three towns together with one common bond-the community. Jackson Lawler-Sidell explained, "My goal is to make as many kids happy as possible because there are a bunch of kids who may not get anything for Christmas. It's nice to know that they can at least have something underneath their tree." Matt Clark added, "The overall goal is to spread holiday cheer and for kids to get a chance to work inside their community."

It is also a life lesson. Matt Clark said, "It's really a chance to put their best foot forward and really work to develop and work with the needs inside the community." By

Courtney Cortright | Posted: Wed 6:04 PM, Dec 13, 2017 | Updated: Thu 12:00 AM, Dec 14, 2017