Packing boxes for the Christmas Program

In the past, 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 TWF 9am-2pm. 



For more information about the Christmas Program, please contact us by calling 207-872-0261 or via email.

We are currently making adjustments to the Christmas Program for 2020, in light of the current health crisis, and are not accepting applications at this time. While we are not yet accepting applications, we are still welcoming donations of new, unused items to support this program.

Donation Needs

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.

Full Needs List (updated 6/9/2020) (Download Printable Needs List PDF)

Christmas Needs List

  • Boys & Girls warm pajamas sizes 5-6 thru 18-20
  • Underwear 
  • Socks
  • Hats & mittens
  • Girls warm outfits (slim & plus sizes)
  • Boys warm outfits (slim & husky sizes)
  • Reading books
  • Coloring books
  • Board games ages 3 -12
  • Popular toys for boys and girls (Superheroes, baby shark, NERF, Ryan's World, PJ Mask, LOL Surprise, Pokemon, Paw Patrol, Mickey & Minnie Mouse, Dinosaurs, Scooters)
  • Play kitchen sets
  • Puzzles
  • Duplo blocks
  • Legos
  • Doll accessories

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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. 


Our Supporters

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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 are helping to 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!

If you would like to contribute, please check out our Amazon Wish List!