Bangor shoppers help sister city

BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER)-- The busiest shopping weekend of the year has come to an end and a Bangor non-profit asked shoppers to shop for a good cause. The Power in Community Alliances, also known as PICA , joined in on this weekend's shop local event.

PICA held a special event to show off goods made in Bangor's sister city of Carasque in El Salvador. The small village supports itself through local embroidery and sewing cooperatives. Shoppers could grab everything from a new bag, to colorful shirts, tablecloths and children's clothes.

Kathrine Kates with PICA said, "We sell their products here because it's difficult to sell products there given that people just don't have any money."

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Local artisans are satisfied with weekend shopping

BREWER, Maine (NEWS CENTER)-- The busy shopping weekend continued around the state. In Brewer, shoppers picked up some Maine-made presents to gift this year.  Over 55 vendors showed off their products at the annual United Maine Craftsmen's Thanksgiving Arts and Crafts Show.

One vendor, Debbie Winkley, with the craft show said, "It's been busy. It's just wonderful, the people that come out it's just wonderful how they help support the businesses."

Nearly 3,500 people shopped at this year's show. Some local artisans said the interest in local products continues to grow.

Crowds flock to Bangor to support small business

BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) --- With another Black Friday in the books, on Saturday local stores around Maine got their fill of holiday shoppers.  

It was 'Small Business Saturday' across the U.S. Many shoppers around Bangor headed downtown to show their support for Main Street. Several retailers we spoke to say they not only saw good business on Saturday but also on Black Friday as well.

In some cases, retailers say they doubled their sales compared to this same weekend last year. Many shoppers say they just enjoy 'thinking outside the box store' when it comes to getting gifts.

"I like to support local business," said Matt Spang as he shopped at 'Mexicali Blues' in Bangor, "I mean I've worked at a lot of local businesses... so I mean I want to have them around and not have them pushed out by the bigger stores."  

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'Angel Tree' campaign begins for Salvation Army

BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) --- The Salvation Army in Bangor is once again kick-starting its holiday campaign to help children in need.

The Salvation Army set up its 'Angel Tree' at the Bangor Mall on Saturday. Every year the organization counts on people to pick up an angel tag at that location. Each tag holds the Christmas wish list of a child in need.

You can buy just one item or the tag or get everything that's on the list. All donations can then be dropped off at the 'Angel Tree' inside the mall or at the Salvation Army's office in Bangor at 65 South Park Street.

Each year the organization has hundreds of families sign up for the program. Last year there were about 1,500 children in need of toys. Thankfully organizers say many were eager to help out.

Bangor Area Homeless Shelter filled with volunteers

BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER)-- A lot people celebrated this Thanksgiving with family and friends, watching football and eating turkey. The Bangor Area Homeless Shelter was filled with volunteers who cooked a big Thanksgiving meal.

Case management worker at the shelter Marla Flaherty said the eagles club donated $500 worth of food. The food was cooked and served by volunteers. Flaherty said volunteers could work in shifts of two to three hours, but most decided to stay for the entire day to help out those in need.

"This whole thing is done by them. Not once have we had to go in the kitchen and start doing stuff like that. They run the show, this is them doing that for the community," Flaherty said.

Flaherty said the Bangor Area Homeless Shelter will need volunteers for the rest of the holiday season and if people would like to volunteer, they can contact the homeless shelter at 207-947-0092.