Christmas

2020 Christmas locations

Thank You for Another Successful Holiday Season!

In an average year, the Christmas Program at The Maine Children’s Home distributed boxes of gifts and clothing to more than 1,500 children throughout the state.

In 2020, we have reached 1,560 Maine children with YOUR help and generosity!

This is 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 - well before Christmas (this year we started packing boxes in October!) - since boxes need to be completed by the second 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 only accept 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 (Building #3) with a note including donor's name and address. Our current hours to accept donations are M-F 9am-3pm. 

For more information about the Christmas Program, please contact us by calling 207-873-4253 (option 5, Development Office) (extension 217) or via email.

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, 9 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 12/14/2020) 

Christmas Program Needs List

Donations are greatly needed and deeply appreciated all year long, as we must build inventory continuously in order to meet the needs of the families we serve. THANK YOU for helping us fulfill those 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 preparing for the first boxes we fill in the following holiday season. 

 

Giving Tree and Donation Collections

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

ALSO - Marden's Hosts the Red Stocking Program every Holiday Season!

For more information about the Giving Tree Program: [Link Here] and contact Elizabeth Barron for MCH Giving Tree Tags.

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

  • Ameriprise * Portland
  • Atlantic Great Dane * S. Portland
  • Beauty Bar Salon & Spa * Auburn
  • Blush Bridal & Formal * S. Portland
  • Central Maine Motors Auto Group * Waterville
  • Central School * South Berwick
  • Change Healthcare * Augusta
  • Connected Credit Union * Augusta & Winslow
  • Damon's Beverage & Redemption * Waterville
  • DHHS - Maine * Augusta
  • Dollar General * Clinton
  • Dollar General * South Portland 
  • Dollar General * Oakland
  • Dollar General * Waterville
  • DOT - Maine * Augusta
  • EA Fitness and Performance * Falmouth
  • Foley's Fitness Center * Scarborough << DROP OFF SITE
  • Hannaford Distribution Center * Winthrop
  • Holy Cannoli! * Waterville
  • Huhtamaki * Waterville
  • Kid Junction Day Care * York
  • KSW Federal Credit Union * Waterville
  • Lapointe Lumber * Augusta
  • Mainely Tubs * Scarborough << DROP OFF SITE
  • Mix Maine Media | The MIX 107.9 * Augusta << DROP OFF SITE
  • Northeast Laboratory Services * Winslow
  • Northern Light Inland Hospital * Waterville
  • People's Salon & Spa * Waterville
  • Pleasant Street United Methodist Church * Waterville
  • Raymond James Financial Services * Waterville
  • Remedy Salon and Spa * Belgrade Lakes
  • SCG Engineering * Augusta
  • Spruce Mountain Middle School * Jay
  • Stevens & Day, LLP * Augusta
  • T-Mobile Call Center * Oakland
  • Traverse Coffee * Hallowell
  • UPS Customer Center * Waterville
  • Walgreen's * Waterville
  • ... And MANY MANY More!!!

Our Supporters

New Balance Foundation logo

Marden's 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!