WALDO — For the past four years, students at Waldo County Technical Center have left for their holiday vacation armed with warm clothes and a little extra food, thanks to the Tech Center’s annual ‘Tis the Season celebration. The fifth annual celebration will be held the week of Dec. 12.

The event is organized by WCTC’s Food4Friends and Cool2BWarm committee, which is dedicated to ensuring that all students who attend the Tech Center have their basic needs met so they can focus on learning. Unfortunately, for many students, holiday break means a break from reliable meals, warm rooms and caring adults. This event helps every teen take some warmth from WCTC home with them.

To make events like this possible, the Tech Center relies heavily on the generosity of people, organizations and businesses in the Waldo County community. WCTC asks that anyone interested in giving to this cause consider donations of money or gift cards for Hannaford, Reny’s, Walmart, Sam’s Club and Amazon.

The school also needs non-perishable snack items, toiletries, winter boots and coats, men’s teen-friendly clothes, and work gloves. Organizers would also love to have items available for students to give as gifts to their family and friends.

Another way community members can donate to this cause is by purchasing Hannaford Community Bags at the Belfast Hannaford. The bags sell for $2.50 each and a dollar from each purchase goes to support this program. This fundraiser lasts through December.

The school asks that items be dropped off at WCTC at 1022 Waterville Road (Route 137) in Waldo a week in advance of the event. For further information, please contact Rachel Littlefield at 342-5231, ext. 119, or via email at rlittlefield@waldotech.org.