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. In the fall, we send out a Red Stocking appeal to our loyal supporters which helps us in all of our programs to build and strengthen families throughout the state of Maine.
For 12 years, the 14 Marden's Surplus and Salvage stores across Maine have been selling "Little Red Stockings" from November 1 to Christmas Eve. In 2017, the stores and the Marden family set a new record by donating $69,801 to The Maine Children's Home for Little Wanderers. The Marden's Little Red Stocking Campaign is now our largest fundraising effort. Click here to see our Marden's Red Stocking video.
To learn how you or your business can help support the Red Stocking campaign, please contact the Development Department at 207-873-4253 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, or email Executive Director Rick Dorian.