Around the turn of the 20th century, many Children’s Home Societies across the U.S. began using a red stocking as the symbol of need and giving during the holiday season. Children would make little red paper stockings and collect pennies to help the orphans. Today, we carry on this spirit of giving through our own Little Red Stocking campaign, a tradition that is nearly as old as The Maine Children’s Home itself.
For 11 years, the 14 Marden's stores across Maine have been selling "Little Red Stockings" from November 1 to Christmas Eve.
In 2016, the stores and the Marden family set a new record by donating $60,975 to The Maine Children's Home for Little Wanderers. The Marden's Little Red Stocking Campaign is now our largest fundraising effort.
To learn how you or your business can help support the Little Red Stocking campaign, please contact the Development Department at 207-872-0261 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, or email Development Coordinator Kelly Couture.