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 1,500 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.


Who is Christmas Program for?

This program is intended for Maine families who need help to provide Holiday 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. We do not provide game systems, video games, video game cartridges, electronics, cell phones, or “big ticket” items.  

We also do not give out gift cards.

How to Apply for Christmas Program: 

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


Please read the Terms at the top of the application before completing the application.


Each child typically receives: 

(box contents DO vary, due to availability of donated items) 

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


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. 

 2021 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