BUCKSPORT — From April until about late July, residents got a little extra assistance from the town.
The Pay it Forward Bucksport program was designed to help people financially until state and federal programs were in place.
The program racked up $156,000 by the end of it, with $60,000 donated by former Bucksport residents and the rest coming from the town’s Rainy Day Fund.
“While it wasn’t designed to fix everything, it certainly reassured businesses and people and our seniors the community was trying to help in a way that was real when very much things were really up in the air, Town Manager Susan Lessard said.
Of the funds dispersed, $1,200 went to small businesses, $15,000 in grocery gift cards were given to those with reduced work hours, and $7,000 was used for meals for local senior citizens.
In addition to that, donations were made to the local food pantry and homeless shelter.