2017-09-15 / Community

Potato sale helps homeless vets

Red, white and blue “Patriotic Potatoes” are helping Maine veterans.

Jeffrey Hobbs, owner of the Hobbs Funeral Homes, raised $1,046 for the South Portland/ Cape Elizabeth Rotary Club’s Maine Homeless Veterans Program. The program is now in its sixth year of assisting veterans through the Maine Veterans Administration.

Hobbs tilled the ground near his cottage on Little Diamond Island, planted the vari-colored potatoes, tended them and harvested them. His son Randall made wooden boxes to hold them and Hobbs sold them to island residents. All the potatoes were sold in a little more than two hour’s time.

The money will be added to Rotary funds used to help homeless veterans in their efforts to get housing, jobs, household goods, transportation passes to get to job interviews and medical appointments, bedding, kitchenware and other essential items to be independent.

Hobbs Funeral Homes have donated to this Rotary effort for the past several years.

For more information on the Rotary Club, and to learn about membership, contact President Sue Sturtevant at 956-2020 or visit www.sp-- ce-rotary.org.

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