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5 November 2010 58 Comments

Please Adopt a Family this Christmas

I wish I could help all the families who have reached out to me from all over the United States, but I am not able to do so. My intent when I posted articles for families in need was to hopefully lead them to organizations that could help them. The outcome of those posts has been an overwhelming number of requests for Christmas help for their children.

I have just spent two hours reading and “approving”  over 1oo comments submitted in October to NanaFinds.com on posts such as Christmas Help for Families in Need: Where to Find Help for Your Family, Christmas Help for Low Income Families, Christmas Help: Donate or Receive a Christmas Tree, and Toys for Tots: Christmas Toys for Low-Income Children for over 200 in total. A majority of the comments were from young mothers and grandmothers humbly asking for help in providing a Christmas for their children. Their current situations are extremely dismal. They can’t afford to buy a tree or presents for their children. The requests are for trees, simple toys, and clothes. Never anything for the adults.

Offers to Help Families in Need this Christmas

In addition to the many requests for help, I have also received two offers to help. One offer is from a family who has been in the same predicament and is now able to help a small family of a single mother with one or two children in the Central Texas area. The other offer to help is from a person who has two pre-lit artificial trees to donate to families in the Burlington, NC area.

I just received another request for help. It is from a single New Jersey mom with a 9 year old son who has recently been evicted from their apartment and living in a shelter. They must be out by December 20. As a parent and grandparent, I can’t imagine the heartache that mom must feel knowing they might be homeless this Christmas.

Now that we are in the month of November, the charities have closed their registrations for Christmas help. I’m also told Toys for Tots and other charitable organizaitons are not able to service every family because of the increase in those who need their help. They can only help as many as they have received donations for this year.  Because of hard times, there are less donations in way of toys, food, and money coming to the agencies. Unfortunately, that means many children will go without a Christmas.

Adopt a Family on NanaFinds.com

I would love to be able to post more offers to help families in need.  If you and others would like to adopt a family for the holidays, please contact me by leaving a comment below. All comments are sent to my email and screened by me before they are published. If you do not wish for your comment to be public, please state that in your comment. Tell me what town/city and state is near your located and any specifications you require. I will attempt to connect you with families from which you may choose one or more to help.

Once you choose a family, for your safety (since this is through the Internet) my advice to you is to request at least two references so you can verify that their identify and need, such as a minister, doctor, social worker, agency representative, and/or school official (guidance counselor, nurse, principal).

Donation Tips

  • Never give cash. Gift cards to Walmart, Target, a supermarket, etc. are safer.
  • Specific items are better. You can include a gift receipt.
  • Think about whether or not you want to remain anonymous. Please specify in your comment to me.
  • If you make a personal delivery, do so at a mutually agreed upon public place such as at the location of the verified reference.
  • If you prefer to pay a utility bill or rent, make payment directly to the company. You will need to request account name, address and number. Be smart.

I’m giving it another try. Go to the New Help Forum Page. Click on this link.

To all of you who are seeking help for your family,

I have closed comments. Unfortunately, the few “donors” who responded with offers to help turned out to be deceitful. It breaks my heart to read all the requests for Christmas help and to find that so few are willing to donate. And it makes my blood boil knowing now that there are people who don’t mind adding to your heartbreak by playing a sick joke by offering help and then not responding. I am truly sorry I couldn’t help any of you.

Nana

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58 Comments »

  • Georgia Throckmorton said:

    Hello, I am a disabled mother of three from OHIO. I have a daughter who lives in South Bend, Indiana. She is a mother of 4 young children ages 7-3. Who is struggling just to feed her children and who is at the moment living in a home that she was renting that was foreclosed on. She has no vehicle cause all her money goes on just the bills alone leaving nothing for even clothes for my grandchildren. I have a van but with little money I recieve on disability I can’t at the moment afford brakes. And I won’t risked driving it to South Bend and endangering the lives of anyone. All we wanted was for her to come for Christmas for the first time in years. My son has no vehicle and is expecting my 10 grandchild next week. My EX-husband had given his word to her he would come and get her just so they can visit. Yesterday he backed down. It breaks all our hearts knowing this. We have no money to ask anyone otherwise I wouldn’t have embarassed myself. I was actually looking to see if people were able to adopt out of state families for Christmas when I came across this site. I read many stories of families who are in need again. And to the wonderful and charitable families who help. I personally know many, many people who are in need or who help. If anyone know a way for my family to spend this Christmas together, PLEASE let me know. We only have ourselves there are no other family whom we can turn too. Some are as bad off as we are if not worse. Thank you for reading this.

  • Dana Nicholas said:

    Hello my name is Dana,i just read every ones stories and i wish them the very best luck with help and god bless them. I have 6 small children myself their ages are,boy9yrs,boy5yrs,boy4yrs,boy3Mths,and girls 8yrs,2yrs.I really need help for my little angels for xmas i done called churches,santabear,dailystore,gods storehouse,and I couldn’t get any help from any of them but i undrstand there were other needy families to besides mine.We really,really need someones help.I love my children and i really would love for them to have a XMAS this year i cant see there sad faces on XMAS.Living with a friend with no home of our own,but we do have each other and thats what matters.My children are strong and say don’t woory mommy every things gonna be alright cause we love you my children are what keeps me holding my head high and shoulders up.If thers any one that could please help my babies for xmas please conatct me through Nana we are from Louisiana in Tangipohoa Parish Thanks so so much for taking the time to listen.

  • Kimberly said:

    I’m a single mom with 3 girls, 15yrs, 9yrs, and 3yrs. We live in Central Florida. I am on disability and have a very strict budget that pays the essentials like the mortgage and electricity, but leaves nothing left over for Christmas. This would be the first year I would not be able to have presents for my girls and I can’t tell you how agonizing it is for me to imagine Christmas morning with nothing under the tree. They are very big hearted and love me very much and so would never complain which just makes my heart break more at the thought of not having anything for them. I was ho ping I could get one famly gift like a wii for the older girls, and then a few girly things for the 3yr old like a dolly, those disney tinkerbell fairies, anything princess…she’s still really easy to please :) ! If you can help, please contact me at my email address: I would love to barter, or trade ( I am a fledgling photographer and would love to offer my services) or just work for the help. Thank you.

  • carla said:

    Hi,im a single mother to two beauitful babies naliyah(4yrs.old) and jayden(5months).Im currently unable to get my kids any christmas gifts this year due to my daughter be diagnose with hirschsprungz diease and having a total of 5 surgeries this year.Ssi has denied my daughter because she can walk and talk but my daughter is disabled from the inside and it really makes me upset that they would deny a child who really needs the help,both my parents are deceased and im doing the best i can do to provide for my babies as a stay at home mom,so if someone in aurora,il area can please find it in your heart to help me give my kids a christmas this year that would really mean alot to me!God bless =-)p.s. my daughter is(4t clothes,12 shoe)son(6mos-12mos,3c baby shoe)any toy they will be gravetful for!!!!!

  • Nana said:

    Family looking to donate Christmas tree and decorations in Dallas, TX area. Contact Nana here if you live in Dallas or nearby and need a tree.

  • Wendy said:

    Hi. My name is Wendy and I am a mother of 5. I have a 7 year old girl who suffers from some hearing loss and heart murmurs. I have a 5 year old girl, 4 year old girl, 3 year old girl and 1 year old boy. They have a father in their life but with the cost of everything we just cant afford a christmas this year. I would love to be able to give them everything but unfortunately I can not and they would be greatful for anything. They have never been picky and have always appreciated everything ever given to them. I want them to believe in Santa and have trust in him to give them a christmas this year but I am very worried that that might not happen. If anyone could offer anything to them we would greatly appreciate it. I dont want their light of christmas to fade because we are down on out luck this year. Please if anyone is reading this just one thing each would be so much appreciated. Diapers are greatly needed as I have two in diapers and two in pull ups. If anyone is interested I live in MO. Thank you for reading my story.

  • alana hunter said:

    i am needing help for christ gifts for my 15 year old daughter and my 11 year old step son and my new born baby i dont have any money for them to get christmas gifts because we just lost everything in a house fire and im really needing help this year and my husband isnt around for a while and i wish someone will help us we are haveing a very hard time this year
    fort worth texas