WATERVILLE — The Maine Children’s Home for Little Wanderers will host its inaugural Christmas in July Family Carnival set for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the organizations 93 Silver St. campus. The family-friendly carnival is a fundraiser to help raise awareness and money for the agency’s year-round Christmas Program.

In 2012, donations to the Christmas Program were down significantly from previous years because of the economy and the impact of Superstorm Sandy. The agency reached out to the community to support the shortage of donations. As a result, the Maine Children’s Home was able to provide Christmas for more than 1,600 underprivileged children.

The event will include kid-friendly carnival games from local businesses, a chance to meet Santa, food and a free, make-your-own sundae bar for attendees that donate warm clothing. There will be giveaways and information from local businesses, and a raffle to win a free Christmas tree.

Admission is free and all attendees are encouraged to bring a donation to support the Christmas program. All items must be new items. Acceptable donation items include warm outfits, sizes 2-18, jeans or khakis, and a long-sleeved top or sweatshirt, toys such as lighted, musical or developmental toys for infants and toddlers, superhero action figures, arts and crafts kits, Lego sets, or baby dolls and accessories.

For sponsorship opportunities and more information about the carnival, contact Cristen Sawyer, Christmas Program director, at [email protected] or 873-0261.

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