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Christmas Help for Familes in Need: Lafayette, Ind.

10 November 2009 10 Comments

NanaFinds is collecting posts on organizations helping families in need find assistance during the Christmas holiday, including receiving Christmas gifts for their children. I’ve taken the liberty to copy the news-worthy posts so that those in need of Christmas help and those in the position to offer help to the organizations may easily find this valuable information. If you know of organizations offering help to families this Christmas by providing gifts, dinners, clothing, etc., please leave the information in the comment box below this post. Thank you!

New families in need during holidays
Rise in families that need assistance
Updated: Monday, 09 Nov 2009, 9:40 PM EST
Published : Monday, 09 Nov 2009, 9:40 PM EST
by Tiffanie Dismore

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – As the holiday season draws closer, organizations are coming together to help families in need. The Salvation Army and Lafayette Urban Ministries have Christmas assistance programs for families who can’t afford to provide a Christmas for their children.

LUM is helping 591 families this year including more than 1500 children in their Jubilee Christmas program. Salvation Army Corp Officer Nelson De La Vergne said they have seen 50 more families in their Christmas assistance program this year. That’s a 15 percent increase from 2008.

“We keep talking about the economy and that has affected us,” said De La Vergne. “We’ve seen a lot of new families this year and they will probably only be here for one year and get back on their feet.”

“A lot of new ones,” said LUM program director Eileen Weiss. “A lot of new people this year that are hurting. And some stories that would really touch your heart.”

Lafayette Urban Ministries and the Salvation Army had applications people could fill out and apply for the programs. LUM’s Jubilee Christmas takes place on December 12, 2009 while the Salvation Army has their program the week before Christmas.

Both programs have tags for children that you can pick up to buy gifts. The tags indicate the child’s age and whether they are male or female.

The Salvation Army places them on trees around the community while LUM works together with over 28 churches in the area to buy gifts for the children.

Tags include infants to 12 years old in Jubilee Christmas and gift cards are given to parents to buy for their teenage children.

The Salvation Army provides presents for infants to teenagers 15 years old. They also encourage people to purchase gift cards for teenagers.

“We then place those on little cards that we place on little giving trees that we place throughout the community where families can come and take a card and buy items for that particular individual,” explained De La Vergne.

Parents will then be able to “shop” for their children when it is time to pick out toys.

“The purpose is that the parents be seen as the heroes in their children’s eyes,” Weiss said.

The Salvation Army gives families vouchers they can take to the grocery store to buy a Christmas dinner and the LUM program provides a meal for the family.

Weiss says donations are a big help during this season. They help provide more than just presents. Donations help provide a Christmas dinner for the families in the programs.

“Money is always the biggest thing we need because we do want to make sure the families have a good Christmas day dinner,” said Weiss.

Both programs stopped taking applications during the first week of November, but there are still other options available for families in need.

“We do our regular process, our regular food pantry and our regular assistance throughout the Christmas season so anybody that needs assistance will still receive some type of assistance,” said De La Vergne.

De La Vergne also said any toys they have left over will go towards families who missed the cut off date to apply.

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  • Robin Lewis said:

    To whomever may HELP a family of three this Christmas:

    I am writing on behalf of my friends Shelly Carter and her two girls who are 14 and 15 years old. It has been a tough couple of years for these three and now more than ever is harsh for their spirits. Shelly the mother is trying to find employment and they have been horribly robbed multiple times over the last year. They are in need of basic items and a little extra if possible from your community. We are here in Florida and have not much to send them. They do have a vehicle in need of minor improvements if anyone is able and also a number of items replaced like game systems and televisions, household items, clothes and most importantly gifts from Santa this year. I apologize to ask but Shelly is and her girls are sad in which I have never noticed. So, If anyone is up to it please feel free to get in touch with her at:(337) 500-7505 home. Happy Holidays!

  • Sabrina Ladd said:

    Hi, my name is Sabrina Ladd. I have two beautiful children. Ian who’s 1yrs old and Kassidy 7yrs. I’m a single mom, with no income trying to make the best of things for Christmas, and give my children the joy they deserve this holiday. Thanks much and Merry Christmas ;)

    Ian who’s 1yrs old needs clothes. He wears a 2t- 3t , he also likes music so musical toys if possible. Please and thank you. Kassidy 6 yrs old likes playing dress up, likes holly hobbie, Wii games for a girl , and princess tiana. I appreciate everything and thank you for caring *Merry Christmas* ;)

  • DALILA GONZALEZ said:

    NOVEMBER 18, 2011
    TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN,
    I AM WRITING THIS LETTER IN HOPES YOU MAY ADOPT MY FAMILY FOR THE HOLIDAYS. MY CIRCUMSTANCES ARE COMPLICATED. I WILL DO MY BEST TO KEEP THIS BRIEF. MY NAME IS DALILA GONZALEZ NAVA I AM THE MOTHER OF FOUR WONDERFUL CHILDREN AND ONE GRANDSON. BENNIE 14, ANTHONY 16, DARLENE 19, JESSE 20, AND TONY 2.
    I HAVE BEEN DEPORTED FROM CALIFORNIA SINCE JAN 11, 2008. I LIVE IN TIJUANA, B.C. I STILL SEEK FOR A PRO BONO LAWYER TO RETURN TO THE U.S. MY REQUEST IS FOR MY FAMILY IN THE U.S. IN LA COUNTY TO HAVE A THANKSGIVING AND/OR A CHRISTMAS I MYSELF CAN NOT PROVIDE. YET I MUST LET YOU KNOW THAT THEY ARE ALL SEPARATED. THE TWO YOUNGEST ARE IN FOSTER CARE. BENNIE LIVES IN PALMDALE. ANTHONY LIVES IN PASADENA. DARLENE IS GOING TO SCHOOL LIVES ON HER OWN IN A COTTAGE IN NORTH HOLLYWOOD AND IS ABOUT TO GRADUATE DEC 2, 2011. JESSE IS HOMELESS IN THE AREA OF COMPTON. MY OLDEST NEEDS HELP AS HE BOUNCES FROM CITY TO CITY UNABLE TO KEEP A STEADY HOME FOR MY GRANSON. UNABLE TO FIND A JOB. AS GENERAL RELIEF PROVIDES SO LITTLE. MY CHILDREN’S DADDY IS DECEASED SINCE 1999. MY CHILDREN HAVE BEEN THROUGH SO MUCH ALL THEIR LIVES AND I AM BLESSED THAT GOD HAS KEPT THEM HEALTHY. YET I WOULD LIKE TO BRING SOME JOY IN THEIR LIVES. THEY ARE GOOD STUDENTS. BENNIE GOT A’S AND B’S IN HIS LAST REPORT CARD AND ANTHONY STAIGHT A’S. DARLENE IS ABOUT TO GRADUATE SO THAT SPEAKS FOR HER. ALTHOUGH JESSE IS NOT IN SCHOOL. LIFE HAS NOT BEEN KIND TO HIM AND I LOVE HIM. SO YOU CAN UNDERSTAND I WANT ALL MY LOVED ONES TO BE BLESSED. IT BRAKES MY HEART NOT TO BE THERE. IF ANY ONE KNOWS ABOUT AN IMMIGRATION LAWYER WHO WOULD BE WILLING TO REVIEW MY CASE, AS MY RIGHT WERE VIOLATED. FOR THE SAKE OF MY CHILDREN PLEASE HELP US REUNITE.
    THANK YOU FOR THE TIME YOU TOOK TO READ THIS. IF YOU CAN NOT PROVIDE, WOULD YOU BE KIND ENOUGH TO LET ME KNOW WHERE TO FORWARD THIS TO. SO THAT I COULD GET ASSISTANCE. MAY YOU HOLIDAYS BE FULL OF JOY AND LOVE WITH YOUR LOVED ONES.
    “LORD LET YOUR WILL BE DONE AS I SEND THIS REQUEST OUT TO THE WORLD. AS I FAITHFULLY WAIT ON YOUR GRACE, OH FAITHFUL FATHER. IN JESUS NAME AMEN”

    THANK YOU KINDLY,
    DALILA GONZALEZ

  • Jenn said:

    PENNSYLVANIA: Looking for help in Hanover, PA. For my 2 young boys, their 19 yr old sister and my soon to be 1 yr old grandson. My husband and I split, he is having trouble with having a good christmas for the kids. I am trying my best to help him with everything so I thought I would try this. My boys, their sister and the baby all live with him in Hanover PA. He finally got a stable job after bouncing back and forth via temp agencies and unemployment due to the economy. We always donated in the past to different places to help families so now I am hoping we can get help so the kids have a good holiday. Like I stated the kids live with him and I try my best but I can’t give them everything they need. Please help. Thank you so much!!

  • Nicole Aaron said:

    Hello my name is Nicole Aaron and I’m a single parent of two lovely boys, there’s Jared-Allen who’s 7, and Jordan who’s soon to be 3 on the 2nd of January. Well this last part of the year has been a hard on for me, I lost my job, my mother told me she had “Breast Cancer” so during recovery she had to stop working herself, now my mom helped me out with all of my short comings and with her going through thing Cancer she’s unable to help out. I had to get foodstamps inorder to feed my kids, so as far as food we’re pretty good. Well Christmas is soon coming and I don’t have anything at all to give my Kids, we don’t even have a tree, every year since my 1st child was born we would go to the mall and pick a kid name of the tree and buy that kid everything that was on the list, so that that kid that had nothing would have a little something. Now I find myself having to choose to pay rent or buy gifts. I hope someone reading this can lead a helping hand so that my boys can receive that same holiday happiness that we put on kids faces through out the years. PLEASE HELP I DON”T KNOW WHAT TO DO.

  • sabrina hartlove said:

    hi my name is sabrina and iam a single mom of 3 and have a son that is disable and i have moved to TN from maryland with now a ex boyfriend and now i have lost all family from home base on my move and now im in very much needed help for christmas for my children. I have no family out here or any support and looking for some help for christmas for my 3 kids.. I hope i can reseave some help. thank you sabrina. thank you

  • leona harrison said:

    Xmas present, food, gift cards, blankets, coats, shoes will be helpful for my 4 kids

    Hi I was wondering if anyone knows of any one that might help me or my family im in deep neep for help gift cards and any thing will be a blessing
    that could help out with a Christmas present for my children no only that but I can not feed or clothing them
    old son. After years of donating to salvation army, I called them for help and they said
    I missed registration by 1 day, and could not help me nor refer me to any agencies or churches.
    My husband recently was killed by drive by gang shooting, I have applied everywhere for work,
    even fast food restuarants, walmart etc. I have tryed every where but cannot find work.
    The unemployment rate is just too high. I have never had to ask for anything, but I can barely
    feed and clothe my children. I have contacted every church and they cant help either,
    I have heard of the adopt a family program. Times I guess are too hard. I am willing to
    work or volunteer to get my children a present. I am more concerned about my 4 year old
    it would break my childrens heart to not have a christmas present. My son would understand,
    We are currently living day to day in a Any referrals or suggestions
    or help or work would mean the world to me, I can’t break my baby childrens heart.
    I appreciate you taking the time to read this. And if you can’t help,
    I understand and god bless you and your family.

    http://orangecounty.craigslist.org/com/1462914874.html

  • tanisha bryan said:

    i have many kids in needy for christmas please help thanks i reside in yonkers,ny

  • ranika said:

    how can i sign up for help for my family?

  • hollie said:

    how can i get help for christmas for my 3 kids

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