Christmas Help for Families in Need: Boston Area

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NanaFinds continues to receive pleas for Christmas help from parents unable to provide Christmas gifts for their children this year. Mothers on disability, a family about to lose their home and their business, homeless family living with family members, and others unemployed for sometime are some that have contacted me. My hope is that by my posting information about companies and agencies that reach out to families in need, that they can find the help they so desparately need…or that those in the position to help, find them.

The Boston Globe in Boston, MA, has been providing Christmas gifts for the children of families in need in the Boston area since 1956. If you live in their readership area, please follow the directions below on how to register to receive Christmas gifts for your children or how to donate to help the Globe Santa project.

How Globe Santa Works

Since 1956, Globe Santa has been The Boston Globe’s annual appeal for needy children in Greater Boston. The Globe Santa Fund collects donations from readers and advertisers to purchase holiday gifts for underprivileged children. The Globe pays administrative costs and provides space in the newspaper during the holiday season to publish stories about family needs and list the names of people who give. In recent years, Globe Santa has received more than $1 million dollars in contributions annually. The program helps brighten the holiday season for more than 29,000 families and 57,000 children in 167 communities every year.

•Families request toys by writing to Globe Santa, stating their family size and need. This need must be verified and countersigned by a social service or religious agency that has previously registered with Globe Santa Fund. The agency must have documented records of the particular family’s situation. The deadline for family letters this year is December 4, 2009.
•Agencies that can verify requests include welfare offices, hospitals, churches and clergy, halfway houses, AFDC office and similar social service organizations.
•Agencies must register with Globe Santa each year. The registration procedure is announced in the Boston Globe and by mail to agencies that registered in the previous year. The deadline for agency registration this year is October 31.
•Families apply for assistance during October and November. The application procedure is published in detail in ads in the Globe that run from October 1 through December 4, 2009.
•Toys are delivered to family households beginning the first week in December right up to two days before Christmas.

How Globe Santa Works
Phone 617-929-2007
Email [email protected]
The Boston Globe Foundation, d/b/a Globe Santa Fund Trust
135 Morrissey Blvd., Boston, MA 02125

Please note,  family requests are NOT accepted via email.

About Requests

Family Requests

This year, the deadline for all requests from families seeking Globe Santa aid will be December 4, 2009. Any letters received after the deadline can not be honored.

The requirements to qualify for Globe Santa are as follows:

Each family requesting aid must write their own letter containing

•an explanation of the family’s need
•the family’s name, address, apt. number, zip code, telephone number, email address, names, age and gender of each child 12 years old and under.

Also, the letter must be countersigned by a licensed and registered social worker who has knowledge of the family and documented evidence or records of their need or by a clergyperson who has up-to-date congregation census records and/or documentation of the family’s need.

Letters must be received by December 4, 2009
Mail requests to:
Globe Santa
P.O. Box 55820
Boston, MA 02205-5820

Agency and Clergy Requests

All social service agencies and clergy countersigning Globe Santa letters must be registered with the Globe Santa office by October 31, 2009. To register, please write a letter on your agency or church letterhead, with brief description of agency, names of those people who will be countersigning letters, email address and agency telephone numbers. The acceptability of the agencies registering will be at the discretion of the Globe Santa Fund. All letters must contain both the signature and office stamp/or Church Seal. Letters not containing either of these requirements will not be honored. Letters received from agencies or clergy not registered with Globe Santa office can not be honored.

Send letter of registration by October 31st to:
Globe Santa
P.O. Box 55820
Boston, MA 02205-5820

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7 thoughts on “Christmas Help for Families in Need: Boston Area

  1. Alexis Velasquez

    I am a single mom, went back to school full time. My son and I have been waiting for housing in this shelter for almost two years. Liam is 4, he is diagnosed with ASD and has been dealing with some really challenging behaviors. I know when he is having meltdowns and gets angry, he is feeling overwhelmed, he has a hyper sensitivity to sound and things have just been really hard. He is in the Boston Public School system , they fight to try and give him the absolute minimum they can. Its a fulltime job dealing with them. I am attending Lincoln Tech to be a registered medical assistant. Right now I am getting cash assistance which they are trying to turn off. Liam loves Christmas, I have a little tree in our room and I got some stockings from the thrift store. I want this to be special, he deserves some happiness. I don’t care about me, I just want this to be so special and I have nothing. I don’t have any help with anything. He is difficult so even his nana will only have a visit with him once a month. Please help me make this a special day that he wont forget.

  2. Kathy

    I am a mother of five an now a grandmother. My daughter has been struggling with depression an drugs an our family has been through tough times. My husband is unemployed an unable to collect as he was a painter an his business dwindled with the economy. My daughter is now away getting treatment an I have my grandson who will b a year old dec 19. This gas taken a toll on all if us. I am trying to keep up with my bills to keep food on our table an a roof over our heads. I guess I should be thankful for that. I wish I could make this Christmas a joyful one for my grandson but I don’t have funds to buy presents. I work two jobs and my husband helps with the baby during the day. It’s a sad time for all of us an wish I could do more for my family. All I’m asking is for prayers that my grandsons mother gets well so he can hav a mom to live him like he should. Thank you

  3. Kellie

    I am a single mom of a beautiful little gal”). I have a sister who is also a single mom of 3 children and carries the diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis. My sister is having a very hard time this year and will not be able to provide a christmas to her children. If anyone out there would like to help a family in need, please contact me. My sister and her family really need the help Katie my sister has two boys Mark 13, Jared 10 and Hayleigh 7. Being disabled and raising 3 children on her own is quite a task. Any and all help would be very much appreciated.

    Thank you,

  4. Jennifer

    MASSACHUSETTS – Boston area:
    Hi, My name is Jennifer, I live in Boston ma and I’m the (single) proud parent of an 8yr old son and an 18mth old daughter. My children are my world, and all I want for Christmas is for them to have a nice Christmas. Unfortunately at this time I Fear I will not be able to provide that for them. I have been unemployed, do to the closing of the company. I am also in the current situation where I’m moving my family from an extreamly unsafe, unhealthy building, a building where our apartment has been broken into far to many times by neighbors, neighbors who have threatened our lives and who stole the very last of my savings!
    If there is anyone out there able and willing to help my children have a nice christmas, I would be so very grateful! Please contact me even if you know of any organizations that are available to help.
    Thank you ever so much!

  5. dominque

    hello my name is dominque bell i just had my frist baby and my frist apartment im asking for help this year so that i can pay my rent and also give my baby a good christmas so if there is anybody reading this please contact me thanks for taking the time to read this yours truly ms bell

  6. erzulie

    I’m a single of 3 girls I’ve been unable to work due to surgery I have no income and disability keeps denying me I would like my kids to recieve something for christmas I live in Boston Ma.

  7. susan

    hello my name is susan,i need help this year for christmas,i have three grandkids,and they will not have a christmas this year,if i do not recieve help, i am waiting for my disability and i am unable to work due to alot of sickness,please find it in your heart to help my grandkids this christmas,this is my first time to ever ask anyone for help. thank you and God bless you. i live in dallas,tx.i did not know who to call or how to find information.

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