Maine Children's Home in Need of Donations to Complete Christmas Program

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WATERVILLE, Maine. (WABI) The Maine Children's Home for Little Wanderers in Waterville is in urgent need of gifts to wrap up their Christmas program.

More than 1800 children across the state will receive a box of Christmas presents courtesy of this program.

In their final push, the home is calling for the public's help in donating specific items for kids.

Winter clothing is one of the most needed gifts. Boots, coats, as well as homemade or store-bought hats and mittens are in short supply.

"They are so thankful- and that's the one thing that I've noticed, I've only been here about 12 weeks, and the families that come here very often come back later to help other families. So it keeps going," said Kelly Couture, Development Coordinator, Maine Children's Home.

"We start for Christmas 2018 in early January and so they can always do something a little later if they can't right now. Because it takes us a year to get ready to collect the tens of thousands of things we need.,> said Richard Dorian, Executive Director of the Maine Children's Home.

Items can be dropped off at their Silver Street location in Waterville.

To donate online or for a list of urgent need items, go to