Accommodation

Wicked Awesome 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: packwithapurpose@acadiamainevacation.com

Project

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.

Needs

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

Clothing/Shoes:
(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)

Initiatives Supported

All the needs are current as of April 26, 2017

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.