Christmas in July
Collecting donations for the families of Christmas Program at MCH
Christmas in July is a summer campaign by Maine Children’s Home (MCH) that spreads the spirit of MCH’s Christmas Program throughout the year. During this month-long campaign, local businesses generously volunteer as collection locations where patrons can drop off much needed items to Christmas Program for families facing financial hardship during the winter months.
Since Christmas Program requires so many hours of organizing and planning to supply boxes of gifts to 1,200 children, it is important that donations to the program come earlier in the year than during the holiday season. This is why the Christmas in July campaign exists — to help Christmas Program prepare for a successful season of giving!
What is Christmas in July collecting this year?
This July, Christmas Program is seeking donations of brand new:
- Family Games – For kids ages 8 to 12
- Girls Underwear – Sizes: 3T, 5T, 7/8, 10/12, 14/16, 18/20, and Women’s sizes S, M, L, XL
- Girls Socks – Sizes: Medium sock sizes 8 - 9.5 and Women’s sock sizes
- Boys Underwear – Sizes: 3T, 4T, 5T, 6, 7/8, 18/20, 10/12 Husky, 14/16 Husky and Men’s sizes S, M, L, XL
- Boys Socks – Sizes: Small sock sizes 7 - 8.5, Large sock size 9 - 11, Men’s sock sizes
- Batteries – AAA, 9V, and C
Where can donations be dropped off?
Donations of the items listed above can be dropped off at the following locations in Maine:
Central Maine Credit Union
1000 Lisbon St, Lewiston
Connected Credit Union (2 locations)
85 Civic Center Dr, Augusta
12 Monument St, Winslow
cPort Credit Union
399 Western Ave, Augusta
First Congregational Church of Pittston
21 Arnold Rd, Pittston
Franklin-Somerset Credit Union
26 Leavitt Street, Skowhegan
20 Main Street, Madison
485 Wilton Road, Farmington
KSW Federal Credit Union
222 College Ave, Waterville
Maple Valley Pharms
279 Main Street, Waterville
New Dimensions Credit Union (3 locations)
94 Silver Street, Waterville
316 Benton Avenue, Winslow
245 Madison Avenue, Skowhegan
Reform Physical Therapy
439 Lewiston Road, Topsham
Traverse Coffee Co
140 Water Street, Hallowell
Thank you to ALL the businesses and organizations that volunteered to support Christmas Program this summer!
Donations can also be dropped off on the front porch of Building #3 (the 2nd building on the right after entering the MCH campus) between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., from Monday through Friday. Those who drop off donations are asked to please fill out a donation card to leave with their donation bag or box, and to label their donation with “ATTN: Christmas Program.”
Is your business interested in helping Christmas in July?
To learn more about participating as a donation drop-off location in a future Christmas in July collection campaign, email the Christmas Program Coordinator Amanda Simmons at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Christmas Program
Christmas Program at MCH is the only one of its kind that provides brand new toys, books, games, warm clothing, and winter essentials to 1,200 Maine children whose families are facing financial hardship during the holiday season. It’s a year-round effort that would be impossible without generous donations, volunteers, and community support.