Each year, the Christmas Program at the Maine Children's Home for Little Wanderers distributes boxes of gifts and clothing to approximately 1,600 financially disadvantaged children throughout the state. It is the only program of its kind that provides new toys, books, games and new warm clothing to boys and girls throughout Maine.

This July, join 92 Moose to help make Christmas brighter for hundreds of underprivileged kids and their families!

Look for Christmas in July trees and drop off boxes in the following locations:

Here is a list of some of the program's needs:

  •  Complete outfits in sizes 0-16 consisting of long pants and warm top (Especially in sizes 2 to 16)
  • Thinsulate lined gloves or mittens in all sizes from infant to adult
  • Warm pajamas in sizes 6-16
  • Hat and mitten sets depicting popular characters for ages 0-12
  • Any Lego set for boys or girls (especially for ages 7-12)
  • Craft kits for both boys and girls (pottery, jewelry, soap, woodcrafts, model cars)
  • Coloring books and crayons depicting popular characters and themes
  • Barbie, Ken and Monster High dolls, Barbie playsets, vehicles, accessories
  • Matchbox and Hot Wheels play sets
  • Any action figure or toy depicting wrestling, Spider-Man, Batman, Power Rangers, etc.
  • Any developmental/interactive toy for infants/toddlers or any lighted and/or musical toy
  • Any toy or item depicting popular characters from movies or children’s shows, such as:
  • Sofia The First, Frozen, Despicable Me, Doc McStuffins, Peppa The Pig, Nick Jr. (Dora, Diego, Sponge Bob, Bubble Guppies, Max and Ruby, etc.)
  • Any Hello Kitty toy, playset, bedding, or accessory
  • Good quality sketching artist's pencils, pads, canvasses, paints or kits
  • Any princess related item (Including Disney Princesses)
  • Any Disney related item
  • Any large car, truck, motorcycle, airplane, helicopter, train set, Thomas the Train
  • Any toy or item depicting animals such as horses, cats, dogs, zebras, giraffes
  • Baby dolls and baby doll furniture and accessories
  • Any horse related toy, book or item
  • Sporting goods (fishing poles, skateboards, scooters, baseball gloves, sleds, balls)
  • Preteen make-up, manicure/pedicure and hairstyling tools
  • DVD movies (PG or under)
  • Snow pants, boots and jackets for sizes 0-16
  • Fisher Price Imaginext, Laugh and Learn or Little People toys
  • Any Playskool Busy Basics or Explore and Grow toy
  • Family board games for ages 2-12