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.
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):
In order to qualify, families must:
Read detailed eligibility guidelines here.
To qualify for the Christmas Program, your income must be at, or less than, the amount listed here for your family size.
Read the Christmas Program eligibility requirements, then go to the online application to apply. We have reached our limit of children for the Christmas Program this season and will not be taking any more applications. If you need help with Christmas gifts please try one of the following options:
-Your child’s caseworker, school counselor or school nurse
-Your local police or fire department
-Your town office
-Do a Google search for Christmas help in Maine or your town
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-September. Click the tab below to sign up!
Click here to see a list of the Christmas Program’s organizational supporters.