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.

Full Needs List (updated 10/24/18)

(Download Printable Needs List PDF - Click Here)

Our Most Urgent Needs

  • Complete outfits of clothing in size 0-16
  • Hand knit mittens in solid neutral colors
  • Warm pajamas in sizes 10, 12, 14, 16
  • Toys and playsets depicting popular characters from movie/tv
  • Family board games for ages up to 12
  • Gifts for older children such as wood, soap, or pottery craft kits, model car kits, larger Lego sets, makeup kits, science kits, pre-teen themed bedding or room decor, sporting goods, etc.
  • Books for newborns/toddlers, and for pre-teens
  • Coloring books and crayons
  • Infant and toddler toys encouraging mobility, development, or education


  • Complete outfits sizes 0-16 regular (appropriate for winter months)
  • Hat and mitten sets (depicting popular themes and characters)
  • Warm pajamas size 0-12 (especially 6-16)
  • Snow pants and jackets sizes 0-16
  • Boots for ages 18 mos. to age 12
  • Hand-knit mittens in solid colors
  • Thinsulate-lined gloves and mittens

Gifts for Our Older Children (Ages 10-12)

  • Lego sets of 500 or more pieces
  • Model car and airplane kits
  • Craft kits appropriate for ages 10-12 such as woodcrafts, pottery, soap making, paper crafts
  • Good quality sketching pencils, drawing paper, paint sets, art kits, etc.
  • Make-up kits
  • Nail polish, manicure/pedicure kits
  • Hair-styling tools
  • Jewelry
  • Family board games
  • Themed bedding sets

Toys, Crafts, Etc.

  • Family board games
  • Ken & Barbie houses, vehicles, playsets, etc.
  • Matchbox and Hot Wheels playsets or tracks
  • Any toy car, truck, airplane, motorcycle, etc.
  • Any action figures (Spiderman, Batman, wrestling)
  • Any toys or dress-ups from popular movies or shows like Frozen, Paw Patrol, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Elmo, Peppa Pig, Rescue Heroes, Star Wars, etc.
  • Cars and trucks
  • Baby dolls, doll furnishings, and accessories
  • Sporting goods (scooters, skateboards, football, baseball, sleds, etc.)
  • Any Disney- or Princess-related items
  • Any infant and toddler developmental/lighted or musical toy (V-tech, Playskool, Fisher Price, etc.)
  • Any play kitchens, play food, Easy Bake Ovens, etc.
  • Dress-ups (princess, superheroes, firefighters, etc.)

You may drop off or ship your items to Development (building #3) at: The Maine Children’s Home, 93 Silver St., Waterville, Maine 04901.

We begin packing in October. There is no deadline, but the earlier you are able to donate, the better. Donations received after we finish packing in December will be held in storage to help us build inventory for the following season. 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.

Thank you from the bottom of more than 1,700 little hearts!

Cristen Sawyer, Christmas Program Director