Headshot Photo of Maxine Harvey
2014 Award Recipient


Project Debbie's Treasure Chest

Location Methuen, MA

Issue Area Philanthropy

Maxine experienced first-hand the transformative power an individual can make in another’s life when she was adopted from China by a single mother in Massachusetts. Grateful for the love and caring she felt, Maxine wanted to help other children who were given a similar chance for a new beginning. Every year, she looked forward to her family’s annual Chanukah party, during which toys were collected for local foster children. Maxine couldn’t wait until she could create a project of her own.

As a teen, Maxine co-founded Debbie’s Treasure Chest, a project that collects and raises funds to purchase clothes, toys, books, and toiletries for local families in need. Maxine has successfully grown Debbie’s Treasure Chest by closely collaborating with her local social services office to impact even more children and their families. The nonprofit now operates year-round in a 3,000 square foot warehouse, which has provided 1,500 families with more than 75,000 necessities.

I believe that DTC repairs the world one child at a time...Sometimes just having clothes you can call your own can repair your life.

Maxine Harvey
“It is never too late, too early, or too often TO GIVE BACK AND MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE”
Helen Diller