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Joe Bornstein Winter Warmth Drive 2022
Results Are In!

The 3rd annual Joe Bornstein Winter Warmth Drive wrapped up earlier this month and we are so proud to announce that we have met our goal of providing over 500 pairs of winter boots for Maine kids!


The boots are currently being distributed to nine Portland-area schools and are going directly to students identified as needing proper winter footwear. The snow and dropping temperatures this week 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 our volunteers, and especially for the donations from Portland Radio Group, Levey Day School, the Goldman Family Preschool, Temple Beth El, Congregation Bet Ha'am, and all the individuals who participated in this year’s drive.


A total of nine schools participated in the Joe Bornstein Winter Warmth Drive this year, and we are so thankful for their help in identifying students in need and helping distribute the boots to them!

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

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Testimonials from past years

A great BIG thank you to the folks at the Jewish Community Alliance of Southern Maine for their generous donation of winter boots to our students through the Joe Bornstein Winter Warmth boot drive! We are overwhelmed by your generosity and support!

-Canal School Representative

"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

“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

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