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Joe Bornstein Winter Warmth Drive
2021 Results Are In!

The 2nd Annual Joe Bornstein Winter Warmth Drive wrapped up on December 7th, and we are so proud to announce that we have met our goal of purchasing 750 pairs of winter boots for Maine kids!

The boots are being distributed to 14 Portland-area schools and are going directly to students identified as being in need of warm winter boots. The recent snow and dropping temperatures have only helped to underscore what a big difference donations like these mean to students and their families.

We are so thankful for the response from our community, and especially for the donations from 100+ Women Who Care, the Goldman Family PreschoolLevey Day SchoolTemple Beth ElCongregation Bet Ha’am, and all the individuals who participated in this year’s drive.


A total of 14 schools participated in the Joe Bornstein Winter Warmth Drive this year, and we were able to meet ALL of their requests for winter boots!

Reiche Community School – Portland

Ocean Avenue Elementary School – Portland

King Middle School – Portland

Gerald E. Talbot Community School – Portland

Lyseth Elementary School – Portland

Frank I. Brown Elementary School – South Portland

Skillin Elementary School – South Portland

Canal Elementary School – Westbrook

Westbrook Middle School – Westbrook

Harold B. Emery Jr. Memorial School – Limington

Hollis Elementary School – Hollis

Edna Libby Elementary School – Standish

George E Jack School – Standish

Buxton Center Elementary School – Buxton


“I have our first delivery of boots in my office! 🙂

Many of our families are experiencing significant economic and personal hardship and have needs that we, as a school, just cannot meet on our own. I am beyond grateful and thankful to you and the JCA... I have tears in my eyes and my heart is full. Thank you for helping out some truly amazing students!

-Kristin, Westbrook Middle School

"I can't wait to build a snow fort in these!"

"Now I can play in the snow on the field!"

"Awww, tomorrow is supposed to be warm? I want to wear them right away! They're so cozy!"

-Students at Canal School

As an educator I am especially thankful for this donation because these students walk in the door of my classroom and become MY kids. It is difficult to see them come to school without appropriate gear for the Maine winter.

This donation has ensured that every kid in my class, and at Canal School that needs it, will not be worried about cold feet this winter and I am grateful for that.

-4th Grade Teacher at Canal School