Waterfront Maine

    Many needed items can also be purchased locally in DownEast Maine.
    Wicked Awesome Maine also offers you the option to have supplies purchased locally on your behalf if you would like to buy them here instead of taking them on your trip. If you are interested, please contact me here:
    Pack for a Purpose does not condone visiting orphanages, as this can often lead to negative impacts on children. The accommodation or tour company working with the orphanage will deliver the supplies in a coordinated and respectful way so that the children can benefit from them. Your generosity is not diminished because you do not interact with the children.

    Project #1

    The We Care Baby Center provides diapers, clothes and toys to low-income children in rural Maine. Washington County Maine is one of the poorest counties in the state, with almost 50% of the children up to age 8 living below the poverty level. Major industries here are seasonal, such as fishing, blueberry harvesting, and wreath making.

    An asterisk (*) before an item indicates this item is most urgently needed.


    General School Supplies:
    Book Bags, College-Ruled Paper, Colored Pencils, Crayons, Glue Sticks, and Pens

    Flash Cards:
    (English) Alphabet, Math, and Word

    Text/Reading Books:
    (English) Age-Appropriate Story Books and Board Books

    Educational Games/Toys:
    Connect Four, Stuffed Animals/Soft Toys, Puzzles, and Toddler and Preschool Education Toys and Games

    (Children’s Sizes from Newborn – 16) Children’s Boots, Hats and Mittens, New or Gently Used Children’s Clothing and Shoes, New Children’s Underwear*, New Swimwear, Outerwear/Snowsuits, Pajamas, Onesies, Sleepers, and Socks*

    Non-Perishable Food Items:
    Unopened Shelf Stable Foods

    Health/Personal Grooming:
    Band-Aids, Baby Wipes, Diapers, Hair Brushes, Hair Pins and Elastic Hair Bands, and Pull-Ups* (Urgently needed in larger sizes)

    Project #2

    The Machias Food Pantry provides food to an estimated 400 individuals per week. Because of the seasonal nature of the major industries here — fishing, blueberry farming and wreath making, there are many times throughout the year where families struggle to put food on the table.


    Non-Perishable Food Items:
    Only Non-expired Foods

    Health/Personal Grooming:
    Bars of Soap, Deodorant, Sanitary Napkins,Paper Towels, Tampons, Toilet Paper, Toothbrushes, Toothpaste, and Washing Powder

    Initiatives Supported

    All the needs are current as of November 25, 2020

    Listed on this page are the specific needs requested by the community project(s) so you can choose exactly what to pack for a purpose and express your gratitude to the local community with the supplies you take them.

    Candy and balloons are not on the needs list as they are harmful for the children and the environment for the following reasons:
    • Few of the children benefiting from these projects have access to toothpaste, toothbrushes, or a dentist. The candy promotes cavities.
    • The balloons once they become deflated are a choking hazard for local wildlife.

    Instead of taking candy or balloons, use that space for additional requested supplies, as they are priceless.