There is an orphan in my community who I’ve grown close to. She’s a young girl who lost her mother and I got to know her while volunteering to do homework with her for an hour each night. She wanted to make a chart for homework and get a prize if she gets enough checks. I wanted to know if I would be allowed to use Maasar money to buy that prize for her?
I also wanted to know if I wanted to buy her a present to bring a smile to her face, if I was allowed to take this out of Maasar
Yes, to provide for an orphan could be taken from Maaser. These are not luxuries but rather things that the average child would receive from a parent.
Aruch Hashulchan Y:D 249:17