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.
General School Supplies:
Book Bags, College-Ruled Paper, Colored Pencils, Crayons, Glue Sticks, and Pens
(English) Alphabet, Math, and Word
(English) Age-Appropriate Story Books and Board Books
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
Band-Aids, Baby Wipes, Diapers, Hair Brushes, Hair Pins and Elastic Hair Bands, and Pull-Ups* (Urgently needed in larger sizes)
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.