Christmas Program The Mission’s Christmas Program is a very popular program that celebrates the true spirit of giving. Each year, the program provides an opportunity for hundreds of people up and down the Maine coast make Christmas a special time for themselves as well as for the children, families and adults receiving Christmas gifts through the Maine Sea Coast Mission.

New items are donated throughout the year to be distributed to over 3,200 children, families, nursing home residents, and prisoners at Christmas meeting needs that might otherwise go unmet and bringing a little joy and hope as well. For children, this might be toys or warm clothes. For adults, it might be warm clothes, a jacket or work gloves, and books, calendars, and personal care items. Each present is carefully wrapped for a particular person who has been identified with a particular interest and/or need.

The presents provided through the Mission’s Christmas Program are all new so they are even more special. No one has ever worn the clothes or played with the toy before. Many people who are now adults and supporters of the Mission have written to tell us how important the presents they received from the Mission were. They restored hope that may have been lost and showed that people did, indeed, care about them. The thank you letters and cards that are received each year echo this sentiment.

The Christmas Program could not operate without the careful organization of Program Manager Marilyn Nickson and the countless hours of sorting, wrapping, and distributing by many wonderful volunteers. To find out how you can help the Christmas Program, email Marilyn Nickson at