Turkey bingo a success

One of the best aspects of Waldoboro is how businesses and local organizations all pitch in to help each other and to help the community. Turnout of the fire department’s Annual Turkey Bingo completely filled the Charles C. Lilly American Legion and guests reported a wonderful evening out at the event.

Dow Furniture sale for Waldoboro Food Pantry

Now as we move fully into the season of giving, there are many opportunities to support local businesses and do some good in the community. Dow Furniture’s week-long Black Friday sale also includes a $20 donation to the Waldoboro Food Pantry for each mattress sold. The pantry served 145 families on Nov. 15, including five new families and a total of 339 people in those households.

Small Business Saturday: Delano’s and Morse’s

While some local businesses have Black Friday sales, the 26th is Small Business Saturday and a chance to really support these businesses that give so much back during the year. While most know that Moody’s Gifts is a charming little store with some great Maine-themed items, people from outside of town may not realize that they can shop for more than food at Delano’s Seafood Market and at Morse’s Sauerkraut.

Delano’s has consumable gifts such as beer, wine and assorted candies. They also have durable goods such as ornaments, glassware, North Country Wind Bells, bags, and they still have shirts, sweatshirts and hats to help fund the Lobsterman’s Association legal defense fund. Midcoast Marine Supply Waldoboro also has some items to support lobsterman, and, of course, clothing and gear for those who spend time on the water.

For a wide selection of European candies, chocolates, cookies and crackers, check out Morse’s Sauerkraut on Washington Rd. They even have a separate alcove dedicated to hard-to-find Christmas treats, and a few different choices for advent calendars. In terms of food, they offer their famous kraut, cold cuts galore, and party platters in various sizes and ingredients that are perfect for holiday gatherings.

Also remember that local restaurants and shops offer gift cards, so purchasing those is a way to support them on Small Business Saturday.

Giving Tuesday with the Free Clothing Closet and Waldoboro Food Pantry

The Tuesday after Thanksgiving is called “Giving Tuesday” where people are encouraged to donate to non-profits. A couple of good places to give in Waldoboro are the Free Clothing Closet and the Waldoboro Food Pantry.

While both gladly accept monetary donations via their Facebook page donate buttons, or on the pantry’s website, the Clothing Closet has several items that it can really use. In addition to asking residents to leave donations of good quality clothing in its outside donation bin at 124 Friendship Road, it also needs new underwear for children and adults. Most organizations cannot accept used boxers, briefs or panties, but the need for these items is great and donations of new are greatly appreciated. They accept pairs of new, like-new or hand-knitted socks as well.

The Clothing Closet gets many requests for personal care items, so they also accept new, unopened shampoo, conditioner, body wash, deodorant, toothpaste and mouthwash. A good way to help throughout the year is by taking advantage of sales on these items and donate the additional sealed items to help neighbors in need.

For items that help the Clothing Closet’s operations, they need OxiClean Stain Remover for clothing, laundry detergent, Static Guard, and Febreze Fabric Refresher. New volunteers are always welcome, and anyone who has donations of home goods can take those over to Good Things Thrift and Craft Shop at 14 Washington Road. Donations are greatly appreciated, but it also helps volunteers immensely if clothes, personal care and laundry items go to the Clothing Closet and other items go to Good Things.

Odds and Ends 

Local clammers have a new option for selling their harvest as Moody’s Seafood has open a purchasing shop on Route One, next to Subway and across from Irving. They are open daily corresponding with low tide and there for 5-6 hours afterward. Call 207-295-6775 for more information.

While the Waldoboro Transfer Station will be closed on Thanksgiving, it will be open on Friday and Saturday as usual.

On Saturday, Dec. 4, The Waldoborough Historical Society is hosting a Christmas open house from noon to 3 p.m. This free event includes a display of vintage Christmas cards and other holiday artifacts. Visitors may place an ornament on the community tree, and have it recorded to be part of the exhibit in the future. There will be refreshments, and perhaps a visit from Santa himself.