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Christmas Help for Low Income Families

17 November 2008 179 Comments

Don’t Wait Until Winter to Find Christmas Help

This year (2010), charitable agencies expect to have an increase in the number of families seeking assistance for the coming holidays over the amount they serviced in 2008 and 2009. There are national and local agencies offering Christmas help for low income families, but it is important that you contact them as soon as you can if you are a low income family in need of Christmas help.

If you are in need of free toys this Christmas for your children and need help in feeding your family a holiday meal, please contact your local branch of each of the following agencies in August. Ask them how and when you should contact them to get your family on their lists. Most of the agencies have deadlines so they can plan for their holiday giving. When it comes time to register for assistance, it will help to have your children’s first names, ages, sizes, and wish list written down before you contact them.

Salvation Army

The Salvation Army provides a large social services program to help needy people of all ages. Donations provide free Christmas toys, dinners, and clothing for families in need. For Thanksgiving and Christmas help, you need to contact your local Salvation Army for details on how to register for holiday food baskets and Christmas toys ASAP!  The time is now to make sure your family is on their reservation list.

Toys for Tots

Toys for Tots is a U.S. Marine Corps charity that collects new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December annually for Christmas. These free Christmas toys are distributed to children of low income families around the United States. Marine Toys for Tots makes it simple for you to receive free toys for your children, or for someone else. Search for the donation site in your state , follow their directions, and contact your local Coordinator.

United Way

United Way is accepting applications for free holiday food and toy assistance. To apply, families may need to present a picture identification card, Social Security cards for all family members, current proof of household income, proof of address (utility bill), and birth certificates or proof of custody for children ages 12 and under. Find your local United Way. The United Way can also direct you to agencies that can help you pay utility bills. Be sure to register for the Angel Tree program for your children to receive new Christmas gifts from local families.

Local Houses of Worship

Many local churches also offer free Christmas toys, meals, and clothes to families low income families.  Be sure to reach out to churches in your community.

PLEASE READ:  2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 - I have received requests from young mothers for help in providing Christmas gifts for their children. As much as I would love to bring smiles to children on Christmas, I am not financially able to do so. All I can do is post information on where families in need may go for assistance - read through all the posts under the category help for families in need

I really want to hear about your search for help so I can share it with others in hopes that it will help them.

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  • angela singleton said:

    I HAVE POSTED BEFORE AND I HAVE NOT GOT ANY RESPONSES SO I THOUGHT THAT MAYBE POSTING AGAIN I MIGHT HEAR FROM SOMEONE WHO LIVES NEAR ME. I LIVE IN TALLAHASSEE, FL…HI MY NAME IS ANGEL AND I AM A SINGLE MOM OF A WONDERFUL 3 YEAR BOY. I HAVE A PROBLEM WITH THE FACT THAT I AM NOT ABLE TO PROVIDE FOR HIM THIS CHRISTMAS. WE WERE INVOLVED IN A DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SITUATION TWO MONTHS AGO WITH MY SONS FATHER WHO I PRESSED CHARGES ON AND HE IS NOW GOING BACK TO PRISON BUT THAT LEFT ME WITH THE FULL CARE OF MY SON. I HAVE NO FAMILY AND HIS FATHERS FAMILY IS NOT A CHOICE. IF ANY ONE CAN HELP IN ANY SMALL WAY I WILL BE VERY GREATFUL FOR ANYTHING THAT CAN BE PROVIDED. IF YOU ARE WILLING TO HELP AND NOT GIVING FALSE HOPES WHICH IS WHAT HAPPEN 2 WEEKS AGO THEN PLEASE contact me through Nana AND LET ME KNOW. THANK YOU SO MUCH.

  • Elena Saccapilltio said:

    Hello,
    I was wondering if you have a program that I can sign my 4 daughters ages 12yrs, 8yrs, 5yrs & 3yrs up for that would help with Christmas gifts this year that I am unable to give them due to the tight money issues from just leaving a 5yr Domestic Violence Relationship.
    If you do or would know of someone that can help I would appreciate any help at all! Thank you for reading,
    Kind Reguards, Elena & Girls
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  • barbara said:

    hi im a aunt of four teenage kids and one whom is handicapped my kids that im raising are 15,16 17 and 18 im looking for help for christmas my husband has not been working much we are in need can someone help

  • kimble palmer said:

    I am a single mother with three boys and there names and age of my boys is coy and he is 6years old and troy he is 3years old and garrett he is 2years old and i do not have any money to get them any thing for christmas this year so will some one help my kids out for this year and i will be thank full for that and god bless any body does help them out. thanks and god bless us. kimble palmer 12/05/2010

  • dayton said:

    hi i am a single mother of a 6 year old boy an i am seeking christmas help if i can get it, yeah im a little embarresed of doing this but really i have no other choice,ive been trying to figure something out but not seeming to, i have got laid off an am in desprite need so if anyone can help me i would greatly appriciate it, thanks!! from indiana,indpls

  • carol Manning said:

    I am disabled and need help for at least one toy if possible. I am a Mother of a 12 year old son.

    anything you can do will be deeply appreciated,.

    thank you

  • Linda said:

    I need help with Christmas. I am on disablity and would like to get something for my grand daughter that is 9 years old and my family a little something. I would like to know if someone has some good tires to donated. I have a chance to get a wheel chair lift for my van, but my van failed the government evaluation because I have four bad tires and have no money to replace them. If you can help it would be so appreciated. I am disable with Ra and I have a 23 year old son that has MS. We really need this lift but can not afford it on our on.
    state: Texas

  • Joyce swann said:

    I’m a single mother of 8 kids . But one don’t stay with me . I have been looking for some help with Christmas for a month and no one is willing to help . My kids watches tv and say mommy I want that .and that . And I just say mommy don’t have any money baby . And they say we not getting anything for Christmas and I say I will see . That hurts when you can’t do anything for your kids . My kids is 19 ,17,16,12,7,5,and1 . And we really need some help . I’m in Cleveland, Ohio

  • TERRI said:

    HELLO I AM A SINGLE MOM RAISING TWO TEENS 16,17 YR OLD AN A GRANDSON i recieve disability trying to make ends meet but i would like some help if i can so they can have a beautiful christmas a little help is better than no help at all philadelphia pa

  • consuelo said:

    I am a singel mother of four who had a heart attack last year i have been sick ever sence i been looking for a job and cant find one i would like my kids to have a nice christmas i would be greatful for any help i can get
    lancaster ca

  • kj adelyn said:

    I am a young man that has 20 mounth old twins .My family has always been low income.I am not lasy i work every day and take care of my kids at night while my girlfriend go to school to become a hair dresser.I make just enough to pay my bills. I would like my kids to have a christmas.I cant even buy a tree .If anyone can help me i would realy be greatful.
    state: Virginia

  • Kim Palmer said:

    I am a mom of 2 children, and married. My husbands works in construction and has been so slow that his checks dont even pay our bills. I am in college full time for social work getting my bachelor degree. We are trying to better our lives, but it never gets better, we struggle every week. We have nothing for Christmas for our children, and cant find any help. No one will probaly respond to help us, but its worth a try to get our kids the Christmas they deserve. I just cry everyday because it never looks up, I have no family that can help, the economy is just horrible, and leaves people like us blowing in the wind. If anyone is willing to help please email me, and I can send Christmas list that my children have made. Live in Ohio, Thanks for reading and have a Blessed Christmas, Jesus knows your heart!
    state: Ohio

  • tiffanybode said:

    Well we r a family of 5 and i lost my job in february my husband is disabled and so is my other daughter. Even tho they get disabilitie payments and I’m still lokking for a better job it isnt going to cover all of what we need this year. I could really use help for te kids to have presents for christams. I feel as though I let my family down again. If you could help us I would be relieved. We live in El Dorado, Ca. Thank you Tiffany

  • syliva soto said:

    Hi I truely need somehelp for christmas I have 4 kids 3 girls 15,10 & 9 & a boy he is 5 I’ve beenn sick for moret then 6 months this year and its been truely hard on. Us I lost a lot of blood & I had a blood transfusion I thank God I’m doing better now but we got behind with everything I don’t even have enough to get them a tree so if theere is an angel I ask that u send it my way & help my kids have a christmas this year thank you so much.. state~houston,tx

  • tammie said:

    I am a sinlge mother of one shes 14 but she has some delays and im trying to get help but most places wont becouse of her age so if theres anyone that can please email me that you and god bless
    state: Ohio

  • baileyjoseph said:

    hello everyone , my name is joseph bailey , im currently in the national gaurd , i have been in for over 4 years , i am home for the holidays , but have been unable to find employment . my car is brokedown , and i live in a small town of about 200 people , i have been searching everywhere trying to find some assistance to make shure that my wife and two children are taken care of on christmas , and that we can have an enjoyable holiday together this year. we have been homless for about a year and a half , hopping from place to place , and are now staying with my grandparents , its been really hard for a really long time , and i just wish there was a way to make this holiday season one that we can be happy about . i have been so stressed over this situation , and have done everything that i can , its not in my nature to admit deafeat , but at this point there is no other way. i can only hope and pray that we will find a way for everything to be ok , and any help that you can provide would be greatly appreciated. i thank you for your time , and hope that everyone is blessed with a great holiday season , sincerly joseph c bailey
    state: Illinois

  • kim said:

    would like help with Christmas for my kids boys 17,14 and girl 13.I had back surgery and my husband lost his job and we have no income now. Would greatly appreciation any gift cards or any thing.we live in Hamilton ,Ohio. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart. Kim

  • margaret jeziak said:

    my name is margaret jeiak I am not writting for my self I no a family that could really use help .her name is tommie wallis she has 3 girls and another on the way , she is deaf lady very nice who could use anything for her girls she is raising them on her own she gets disabillity but it is not enough , by the time she pays rent there in not much left she does not no that I am looking to get help for her , so if you can the children would be so happy . there are 3 girls, rachel 17 cheyenne 7 madison 3 they are very much in need thank you so much for reading this even if they don,t get anything just for taking the time they live in clinton twp… god bless you I don,t no if I even filled out this app right .. Margaret Jeziak

  • kathi walker said:

    I am also a single mom. I have a 17 yr. old daughter whose father is deceased. I have been looking for work but no luck yet. Christmas is near and I would love for someone to adopt me and my daughter for christmas.

  • charles williams said:

    single dad, out of work with four kids that wont have a christmas unless i find some help, ages are three boys 9,7,2 and one girl 4, please help me!

    thank you and god bless
    state: California

  • domonique owen said:

    Hi I’m a single mom of a 7 year old little girl and i am asking if somone can help me give my daughter a chirstmas i dont have the money to really give her a good chirstmas this would be the first year that i cant afford it since i cant work any more i am on ssi mow and money is really tight and i recieve help such as food stamps but i dont recieve any other help i would greatly apprecaite it if some one can help me out with some chirstmas gifts for my daughter and i hope that some one can thank you

  • Dora said:

    I have childrens preschool toys in great condition. Also have boys toys (monster trucks/cars, clothes that range from 18 months – 3T and a high chair. They are free to a family that is in need. Email me to [email protected]
    I am in San Antonio, TX.

    ***SAN ANTONIO FAMILIES – PLEASE READ THIS!***
    Thank you, Dora for offering to help. Be safe.