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Posted on: November 19, 2018

The Trauma Intervention Program (TIP) of Portland Maine Awarded 5,000 for Secret Santa Program


Holiday Cheer will be coming to those in need this season through the generosity of an anonymous Secret Santa donor! Maine Behavioral Healthcare’s Trauma Intervention Program (TIP) competed for and was awarded one of four Secret Santa $5,000 donations. TIP has paired up with the Portland Police Department to spread joy this holiday season when distributing monetary gifts to families who will benefit additional funds. 

“Our Secret Santa donor is thrilled to bring much needed funds to families during the Holidays, but also wanted to provide an opportunity for the public to witness the goodness of its first responder community and highlight the selfless work of TIP volunteers who provide emotional support to those in crisis throughout greater Portland” shared Leslie Skillin, TIP Program Manager. 

Leslie also stated, “TIP Portland Maine has been working alongside Portland Police officers since its inception in 2005, we are honored to assist the officers when they are called to the scenes of unexpected tragedies and we are grateful to have a skill set that can provide comfort to those in crisis.” 

“We have a well established and terrific partnership with TIP that helps provide caring support to families and individuals during times of tragedy,” said Interim Police Chief Vern Malloch. “This Secret Santa opportunity is a new and wonderful extension of the TIP and Portland Police Partnership. We could not be happier to partner with TIP yet again, in ways that help those Portlanders most in need.”  

This time of year can bring on additional layers of stress when a family’s finances are stretched to buy food, meet heating costs and medical bills; many are faced with no funds left to buy a few special things for the holidays. The outstanding officers of the Portland Police Department are witness to the struggles faced by its residents every day and they are very excited to be part of TIPs Secret Santa Program.

Starting in mid-December Portland Community Police Lt. Glen McGary and his staff, along with additional officers from the Portland Police Department, will team up TIP volunteers to surprise residents identified by community police officers and school resource officers as needing support through the holidays. Part of the donated funds will also be allocated to surprise random residents who happen to be “in the right place at the right time” when an officer and TIP volunteer are riding together to gift people with a $100 bill! 

TIP Portland, Maine is one of sixteen other TIP National Affiliates across the country and is a program of Maine Behavioral Healthcare. TIP has been a resource for greater Portland area first responders and staff at Maine Medical Center since 2005. TIP volunteers are called in to provide emotional and practical support to survivors and families within the immediate aftermath of traumatic events 24/7 and 365 days a year.