Packing boxes for the Christmas Program

(To Apply for your child to receive a Holiday Package, go to the APPLY page)

In an average year, the Christmas Program at The Maine Children’s Home distributed boxes of gifts and clothing to more than 1,700 children throughout the state.

It’s the only program of its kind that provides new toys, books, games, and new, warm clothing to boys and girls throughout Maine. We could not provide for these children without your donations, volunteering efforts, the outpouring of generosity and ongoing support.

We often struggle to collect donations early on before the deadline, since boxes need to be completed by the first week of December. It’s never too late or too early to donate. The Christmas Program is a year-long effort, and we gratefully welcome donations anytime. All items donated should be newly purchased and in original packaging free of dents, tears or dirt.

We are currently only accepting new items for donation. Used donations may need to be thrown away because of the current health crisis. Please leave your donations on the porch of the Development building (#3) with a note including your name and address so we can send you a thank you. Our current hours are M-F 8am-3pm. 

PLEASE NOTE: For 2020, we are NOT accepting any additional volunteers to help with this program.

We GREATLY APPRECIATE all of your help in the past - and hope we can accept additional volunteers in the future - but this year, due to concerns about COVID-19 and in the best interests of keeping our current volunteers as healthy and safe as possible, we are not accepting community volunteers to help pack and distribute boxes in 2020. Thank You for understanding.


For more information about the Christmas Program, please contact us by calling 207-872-0261 (option 5, Development Office) or via email.

(If you are interested in applying to this program for your child(ren), go to this page for more information, and the link to the application.)

Donation Needs

To contribute a cash donation to the Christmas Program, please use this link: How To Give - Donate Now

All items donated should be newly purchased and in original packaging free of dents, tears, or dirt. We appreciate your efforts to help our Christmas Program this year. Below, we’ve listed some of the most popular and needed items to help us serve families during the Christmas season.

Items can be dropped off on the front porch of the "Development Building" (Building #3) on the MCH campus Monday-Friday, 8 am - 3 pm (please fill out a donation card and leave it in your donation bag/ box).  Shipments should be addressed to The Maine Children's Home for Little Wanderers; 93 Silver Street; Waterville, ME 04901; Please mark the package "ATTN: Christmas Program."

Christmas Needs List (updated 10/14/2020) Urgent Needs for Christmas Program 10-2020 (downloadable)

Christmas Donations Urgent Needs 2020

A simple, safe way to donate is using our Amazon Wish List!

Donations are greatly needed and deeply appreciated all year long as we must build our inventory continuously in order to meet our needs. Please help us fulfill our needs by planning and donating early. All items must be newly purchased and in original packaging. Donations received after we finish packing in December will be held in storage to help us build inventory for the following season. 


Giving Tree and Donation Collections

Every year, businesses across Maine host Giving Trees and Collect Donations for The Christmas Program.

For more intormation: [Link Here]

THANK YOU to our 2020 Giving Tree Hosts/ Gift Collection Sites: 

  • Atlantic Great Dane * S. Portland
  • Beauty Bar Salon & Spa * Auburn
  • Blush Bridal & Formal * S. Portland
  • Change Healthcare * Augusta
  • Damon's Beverage & Redemption * Waterville
  • DHHS * Augusta
  • Hannaford Distribution Center * Winthrop
  • Lapointe Lumber * Augusta
  • Northern Light Inland Hospital * Waterville
  • People's Salon & Spa * Waterville
  • Pleasant Street United Methodist Church * Waterville
  • Remedy Salon and Spa * Belgrade Lakes
  • SCG Engineering * Augusta
  • Traverse Coffee * Hallowell

Our Supporters

New Balance Foundation logo

 toys for tots logo Pajama Program logo 

Click here to see a list of the Christmas Program’s organizational supporters.

We are very thankful for the support of the Kennebec Valley Chapter of Credit Unions that helped collect gifts for our Christmas program during the month of July! This is a great boost toward the thousands of items needed for this year.  Thank you to the participating credit unions for 2020: Winslow Federal Credit Union, Connected Credit Union, and Maine State Credit Union!