Christmas Program

Packing boxes for the Christmas Program

Each year, the Christmas Program at The Maine Children’s Home distributes boxes of gifts and clothing to more than 1,700 financially disadvantaged 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 during 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 graciously welcome donations anytime. All items donated should be newly purchased and in original packaging free of dents, tears or dirt.


Christmas box contents How to qualify Income guidelines
How to apply Get involved Our supporters

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

Each child typically receives (box contents may vary):

  • Two sets of hats and mittens
  • Pajamas
  • An outfit of clothing
  • A coloring/activity book
  • Crayons or markers
  • Two toys
  • A game for the family to share

In order to qualify, families must:

  • Meet state income guidelines (we currently work at 133% of the federal poverty level)
  • Agree not to accept Christmas assistance from any other organization unless it is food
  • Be the parent or legal guardian of the children for whom they are applying
  • Apply only for children who are 12 or under
  • Provide social security numbers for each income-earning individual in the household
  • Provide their annual gross household income and any food stamps or child support received
  • Be willing to provide proof of income

Read detailed eligibility guidelines here.

2019 Income Guidelines

To qualify for the Christmas Program, your income must be at, or less than, the amount listed here for your family size.

Household Size Monthly (133% of Federal)
2 $1,874
3 $2,364
4 $2,854
5 $3,344
6 $3,834
7 $4,324
8 $4,813
9 $5,181

How to Apply for the Christmas Program

Read the Christmas Program eligibility requirements, then go to the online application to apply.

Our Christmas Application will open for the 2019 season on Monday, October 28th. We will announce when the application opens on our Facebook, follow us on Facebook to keep up to date! 

How to Get Involved

Each year, the Maine Children’s Home books individuals and groups of volunteers ages 12 and up for Christmas box packing, inventory management and organization, and other duties as needed. This work can be labor intensive and may involve some heavy lifting and travel up and down stairs.

If you are interested in any of these opportunities, please contact us by calling (207) 872-0261 or via email. If you would like to sign up to host a Giving Tree or Toy Drive, please fill out this form. Sign up to volunteer for Christmas begins in mid-October. Click the tab below to sign up!

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Our Supporters

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