Christmas Program Application Information

Christmas donations

Christmas Program at Maine Children's Home (MCH) is the only one of its kind that provides brand new clothes, winter essentials, toys, books, and games to more than 1,100 Maine children whose families are facing financial hardship. This program that relies on the generosity of so many people — donors, volunteers, and community supporters — also connects families to licensed social workers who can provide mental health and parenting support.

At Maine Children’s Home, we see this special program as a way to bring a little relief to families during a stressful time, and as a way to provide families with tools for play, connection, and comfort.

Applications Are Closed for 2023

Christmas Program applications have closed for the season due to the large number of requests we've received. We apologize that we are unable to assist you, but you can try contacting 2-1-1, your local town office, local churches, your children’s school, or your local Community Action Agency to see if there are other holiday/winter assistance programs near you.

Each child typically receives: 

(box contents DO vary, due to availability of donated items and we do not give out gift cards) 

  • Hat and mittens set
  • Pajamas 
  • Underwear
  • Socks
  • An outfit of warm clothing 
  • A book
  • A coloring/activity book with crayons or markers 
  • Two toys
  • A game for the family to share 
  • Small, "stocking stuffer"-type gifts

We do not provide game systems, video games, video game cartridges, electronics, cell phones, or “big ticket” items.  

Who is Christmas Program for?

This program is intended for Maine families who need help to provide winter gifts to their children between the ages of 0–12 years. It is intended only for those who have no other way of providing gifts for their children and provides a basic package of clothing, toys, and books, as listed above.

In order to qualify, families must

  • Meet state income guidelines (we currently work at 133% of the federal poverty level) 
  • Agree not to accept Holiday assistance from any other organization (except food support) 
  • Be the parent or legal guardian of the children for whom they are applying 
  • Apply only for children who are ages 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 
  • Be able to pick up their gift boxes from Maine Children’s Home campus in Waterville. 

Income Guidelines 

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

Household Size     

     Monthly Income Limit

















Add $428.33 for each person in household over 8 persons.

This income information comes from this Federal Poverty Guidelines Chart