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23 September 2010 42 Comments


I’ve been attempting to help families in need by providing contact information of national and local charities. I have received many responses to my posts, most of which are from mothers and grandmothers asking for my help, mostly to help provide a Christmas for their kids. I may have a way families in need can receive the Christmas help they are seeking.

Families in Need of Christmas Help

The women who have contacted me can’t provide for their children because they are disabled, raising their grandchildren, recently widowed, unemployed, living in a shelter, or a combination of these unfortunate events. Some of the moms and grandmoms tell me they don’t quite qualify for welfare because the are receiving unemployment yet are having a difficult time paying all of their bills, providing the necessities, and keeping a roof over their children’s heads.

One mother whose husband passed away this year wrote: “I recycle and clean yards with my sons to make ends meet even though its a struggle.”

I wish I could help all those who ask, but I am not in the financial position to do so. All I can do is offer information that may point families in need in the right direction…hopefully.  Yet, they tell me they have contacted local charities in the past at Christmas time but did not hear back from them. In a stressed economy that has affected every community across the United States, charities are also struggling to make ends meet throughout the year.

Charities Are In Need Of Help, Too

A national survey released by Guidestar last month shows more than a third of nonprofits had to lay off employees and 40 percent received less in donations.

Because those who would ordinarily donate are having to tighten their budgets…including the government, funding has decreased while the number of low income families in need of Christmas help and help throughout the year continues to grow. The families are put on waiting lists or are turned away. It is so sad.

Some nonprofit agencies are running out of money. Others are low on funds.  Food Banks are purchasing more food than in the past making it necessary to cut staffing. In turn, soup kitchens and pantries must purchase more food to feed those who come to their doors for help.  They are all nervous about how they will manage this holiday season.

Families In Need: Find Help by Helping the Charities

That is why, I believe, it is so important for families in need to reach out and help the charities that help them. Now is the best time to contact local charities as they prepare for the holidays.

I say to those who are respond to my posts in search of help, call your local charities and offer to volunteer to help them. Many charitable organizations operate on a shoestring budget and are flooded with clients at Christmas and during the winter months of January and February. As the saying goes, Good things come to those who help others … or Those who give receive.

There are many ways families in need can help the charities by offering to:

  • organize and sort items
  • pick up donations
  • assist with registrations
  • answer the help line
  • filing, copying, scanning
  • stuffing envelopes
  • distributing fliers
  • prepare, serve, or deliver meals
  • donation collections at malls
  • make repairs where needed
  • design posters attracting donations
  • help record donations or inventory
  • help organize a food or clothing drive
  • mend donated clothing
  • knit or crochet scarves, baby blankets, etc.
  • tutor or read books to children in shelters
  • help in anyway you can…just make an offer!

I’m sure you can think of other ways that families in need may help charities. Think about what talents, skills, or interests you have. There is a charity out there that probably needs your help…and in return, maybe you can receive some holiday help for your family.

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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  • Andrea said:

    Hello, My name is Andrea and I am a Single mothere with one child. I was just layed off and my unemployment has not started yet. I am in desperate need for help with utility bills and Christmas. I am about to be 3 months past due on my car payment and at that point they will come and take it from me. This is our only way of transportation, and my son has a very important dr.’s appt. in January in San Diego at the Children’s Hospital. He was born with a heart murmur and this appt. will tell me if he will need surgery or not. Ihave no other way of getting up there. Anything would help out. Thank you to all and God Bless!!!!

  • Laurie said:

    good evening my name is Laurie McDonald. I am writing to you because i am in need of desperate help and don’t know where else i can turn to. I am a single mother
    of 2 on disability. I don’t have a way to get out of my home and i don’t have any money for the bare essentials in order to provide for my children. I have been to salvation army, my local churches, DHS, Sty.Viencent Depal, every where. I have always been self supporting and worked,But after a very abusive marriage that has left me completely disable I have no where else i can turn. So i am now humbling asking you or any organization for help. here is a list of things we
    need if possible.
    laundry soap
    fabric softener sheets
    bleach
    body soap
    shampoo
    tooth paste
    something for christmas for the children maybe a tree
    and dinner for my family for christmas.
    if you know of a organization that may help please contact me through Nana
    thank you from all my heart
    Laurie McDonald
    If not any way your help will be very much
    grateful
    state: Oregon

  • AMY MEYERS said:

    THIS PAST YEAR I THOUGHT I HAD IT ALL FIGURED OUT,WELL PLANNED, AND READY TO START A WHOLE NEW LIFE FOR ME AND MY DAUGHTER. I LEFT HER ABUSIVE FATHER!OVER THE PAST 20 YEARS I HAVE LEFT I DONT KNOW HOW MANY TIMES AND HE SOMEHOW ALWAYS CONVINCED ME TO GO BACK. I SWORE THIS TIME THERE WAS NO GOING BACK. WELL RIGHT AFTER THE SEPERATION I STRUGGLED A LITTLE BIT,JUST NOT KNOWING HOW TO DEAL WITH THE FEELING OF FINALLY HAVING MY LIFE BACK AGAIN!WELL,CLIMBED THAT MOUNTAIN,I GOT A NEW JOB,THE SHIFT I WANTED TO WORK,MAKING ALL-RIGHT MONEY,HOME WITH MY DAUGHTER AT NIGHT, I WAS LIKE “WOW!”I MADE IT,I REALLY MADE IT THIS TIME. I WILL NEVER FORGET HOW GOOD I FELT THAT DAY. MY DAUGHTER JUST HAD HER 8TH BDAY NOV 16. SHE WANTED SO BAD TO HAVE A ROLLAR SKATING PARTY,WHEN SHE ASKED PREVIOSELY I TOLD HER I JUST COULDNT AFFORD IT,WELL WITH MY NEW JOB N ALL I COULD AFFORD IT AND IT WAS SO AWESOME TO TELL HER I COULD GIVE HER HER SKATING PARTY!JUST SO LOOKIN FORWARD TO THIS DAY!WELL IT TURNED INTO DISASTER,I BROKE MY LEG/ANKLE/I WONT BE ON MY FEET FOR 3-6MONTHS THE DOCS SAID.I JUST DONT KNOW HOW THIS COULD HAPPEN!IM REACHING OUT FOR HELP BUT IT SEEMS LIKE NOONE CARES,WHICH IM USED TO ANYWAY,BUT I CANT CLIMB THIS MOUNTAIN ALONE,I NEED HELP,AND I KNOW THERE GOTTA BE GOOD PEOPLE OUT THERE WILLING TO HELP,I JUST DONT KNOW WHERE.IM WILLING TO GIVE BACK ANYWAY I CAN.I HAVE A COMPUTER SO I COULD DO ANY COMPUTER WORK,ANYTHING THAT INVOLVES SITTING I COULD DO!EAGERLY WAITING FOR A RESPONSE! SINCERELY, AMY

  • norma said:

    iam in need of help this christmas holiday this is going to be my childrens 1 st year in 11 years to celebrate christmas together we have been seperated and we join back to gether please help they cant have christmas this year me and my husband lost our jobs please help give my kids a chriwstmas

  • Nichole said:

    Hello my name is Nichole I am a mother of three boys 8,7,and 2. I normally don’t ask for help but I just recently separated from my husband and I moved in with my mother all of us in 1 room and no job. I just want my boys to have a good Christmas and forget for a second that life isn’t bad. If anyone can help that would be greatly appreciated. I know I’m not the only one out there it’d hard times. So anything would help thank-you love and prayers to all Merry Christmas
    state: New Jersey

  • kim said:

    Hi i am a mom of three we are in need for any help with making Christmas happen this year. My husband lost his job i can not work from back surgery and no income, we are struggling to keep the bills paid and have nothing for Christmas i have been every were for help but no luck,please find some help for us……thank you Kim

  • erzulie said:

    I’m single mom of three girls 18,12,19months became disable due to surgery I’ll be greatful for any help thank you

  • erzulie said:

    I’m single mom of three girls 18,12,19months became disable due to surgery I be greatful for any help thank you

  • Roseann said:

    I was with my boyfriend for 4 years my children and I lived with him I have lupes so I work as much hours as my joblets me. I traded my car in for another but i dint qualafy so he put it in his name. Ive had problems with him drinking and mentally and verbally abusive recently he hit me hurt me. he went to jail got out took my car away from me and threw us out I lost my job because of traportation from los lunes,I want to give my family some kind of christmas but am trying everything,

  • Jennifer said:

    Hi I am a single Mom of four small children. I receive no help and work 50 hours a week just to get the bills paid. I have no money left for gifts or toys or anything really. Their father is an abusive alcholic that I had no choice but to leave last year. Any help would be so greatly appreciated……I can’t begin to tell you how much my kids would be so happy.

  • Kerri said:

    I am a single parent of two children having a very difficult time financially this year. I live in Massachusetts. I have a 17 yr old daughter and an 11 yr old son. Any help would be greatly appreciated. I have always been able to give them some sort of christmas, but this year is really tough on me.

  • mary said:

    I am 45 ,a nurse and single mother of and 18 year old that started college this year.I was let go from my job at a rural hospital basically because they could hire a new graduate cheaper.I have lost 1/2 my yearly income and cancer and short term health benefits.I am in need surgery and can’t afford to take off to have it done.It is very important that i try and get enough money to pay my bills while i am out of work.I have had cancer in the past and now they have found numerous large complex cyst on my ovaries and uterous that are suspicious.We have been trying to deal with our gross loss of income.my daughter is not going back this next semester because we can not afford gas.It has been more than i can handle.Then this has come up and i hate to think i could die just because i can,t afford to take off to have surgery.If there is anyone who know of a group that could help please let me know.Thank you very much !!

  • REGINA said:

    NANA COULD YOU PLEASE SEND HELP MY WAY,,,,,,,FAMILY OF SIX MOM AND DAD NOT WORKING. HAVE TWO TEENAGERS SON 24 AND DAUGHTER 18, THREE GRAND CHILDREN ONLY ONE LIVES WITH US BABY GIRL AGE 3….HOUSE IS FALLING APART …….TAXES ON HOUSE IS PAST DUE…ALL OF OUR BILLS ARE BEHIND…WE REALLY NEED HELP OF ANY KIND…..PLEASE HELP OUR FAMILY….DEPRESSION AND ANXIETY HAS TAKEN A TOLL ON US ALL! THANK YOU SINCERELY REGINA AND FAMILY

  • tisha said:

    I am a mother of 6 kids, on a fixed income by the time I pay bills and get the things for the house their is no money I need help with chrismas for my children my ages of my kids my oldest is 12 a boy and 9 he is a boy and 8 she is my oldesy girl and 7 he is a boy and 2 she is a girl and my sweet lil baby is 5mhts old her frist christmas and no money to buy her an outfit form the dollor store I hv cried myself to sleep for nights now not knowing how they are going to get christmas just bracks my heart! If their is anyone tht can help me it would mean the world to me and my kids! Thank you for your time!

  • leslie said:

    LOOKING FOR HELP THIS CHRISTMAS FOR MY FAMILY I HAVE TWO CHILDREN AND IT IS REALLY HARD ON US LATELY I NEVER HAD A CHANCE TO GIVE THEM ANY KIND OF CHRISTMAS BUT THIS YEAR HAVE BEEN REALLY LOW FOR US I ALWAYS WORKED BUT ITS JUST LIVING CHECK TO CHECK IT WOULD BE A BLESSING TO BE ABLE TO REALLY GO SHOPPING FOR THEM PLEASE BE SO KIND TO HELP US.
    SAGINAW MI. [email protected]