Christmas Help for Needy Families

Christmas Help for Needy Families

Christmas help for needy families, holiday help for low income families, Christmas help, Holiday Assistance, Help With Toys for Christmas, Holiday Help, what ever you name it, it’s on the page. Whether you need help with food for Thanksgiving or gifts for Christmas.  I have taken my time to make a list of different ways you find help for the holidays. Enjoy and I wish you luck in finding the help you need.

Also check out these lists I created to help you earn cash for the holidays: 

Many people are in great need during this time of year. So it’s important when signing up to agencies for help that you truly need it. Most places work on a first come first serve basis. So be sure to sign up as early as possible this way the agency will not run out of toys or food baskets before they get to your family. If you are fortunate enough that you don’t need help this holiday season. Please consider making a tax deductible donation to one of the organizations below.

NOTE: I do not donate gifts to families. I have offered my time to find the resources listed below and update regular as I find more.

Call your child’s school and ask for help

One of the first and best places to start is your child’s school. If you don’t have children in school skip this paragraph and continue below. For those of you with children in school start with calling the school and ask for the school counselor or social worker (some schools have both). If your school is separated into different counselors for different grades or whatever just ask for your child’s counselor. It’s important that you talk the counselor, because they are the ones that will have this information. Asking the first person that picks up the phone may not get you anywhere, and sometimes they may even say they don’t help or they don’t know what your talking about. Simply because they really don’t most of the time. Once you have the counselor on the phone simply tell them your situation (why you’re in need) and ask if they have any information on how to find help for Thanksgiving and Christmas. If they don’t they will also point you in the right direction (important: most of the time if you don’t ask they won’t tell you). Schools are very giving during the holidays, and they also have other resources for school supplies, clothes, help with and electric bills etc all year round. You just have to ask to find out what your school can help with. My daughter’s school once helped us with getting her a pair of glasses. They paid for the eye doctor and all. All schools may not have the funds to have the same resources so please call them first. Most importantly, don’t wait till the last minute.

Call your local Food Banks or Pantries

Most food banks and pantries have resources for Thanksgiving and Christmas. In the past I was able to receive a nice Thanksgiving and Christmas basket from a local pantry. Head on over here to find your local food banks or pantries in your area and you can also try  If you have any trouble finding what your looking for remember you can always call your local Charities, Civic Organizations, Human Services, or D.S.S for information in your area.

Contact Your Local Charities

Also contact your local charities and civic organizations to find out about all programs for the needy during Thanksgiving and Christmas time and all year round.

Churches may be able to help

Ask your own church, call and speak with the pastor about receiving assistance for your family or another needy family you may know. If your church is already collecting food items and toys for Christmas and Thanksgiving for the needy, ask if you qualify to be a receiver. If you don’t go to church that’s fine too, you are still welcome to contact any of your local churches and inquire about their programs if any and apply.

Call a local TV or Radio Station

Call a local TV or Radio station and and ask if they know of any programs helping family for Thanksgiving and Christmas if they themselves can not help you they will know who you can call.  

Christmas Angel Tree -Salvation Army

Christmas Angel Tree is a program sponsored by the The Salvation Army. Have you ever gone into Walmart or the Mall and seen the little trees with tags on them that have children’s ages gender written on them. Well that’s part of their program. To get your child’s name on a tree you must register to receive Christmas toys through your local department of social services or call your local Salvation Army to find out where you can apply for it. Most of the time it’s threw Salvation Army.

They will require some simple information from you to determine weather you are really in need of the services. Find your local Salvation Army and there contact info just add your zip code to the top right corner. If you’re having trouble finding yours you can also just look them up in your phonebook or call information. Please call right away some places sign ups have already begun.
Family Christmas Online
Family Christmas Online was formed to help your family to have a joyful and meaningful Christmas, even if your life is going in thirty different directions.Check it out here at
Lion’s Club
Lion’s Club also helps with Christmas gifts. Simply contact your local Lions Club branch.  But please make sure you do this within 1-2 months in advance of Christmas to request assistance. Assistance is provided on a first-come-first-serve basis and limited by member donations and available volunteers. Click here to find a local Lions Club

Toys For Tots

The US Marines sponsors, Toys for Tots, each year and collect and donate toys to children of families in need. Toys you receive from Toys For Tots are new and unwrapped. To sign up for your children and request Christmas toys from Toys For Tots just contact your local Department of Social Services or Human Services, 2-1-1 or Catholic Charities for information on where they will be holding the event in your town and when. 

Again if you’re having any trouble please call your local Charities, Civic Organizations, Human Services, or D.S.S for information in your area. Request a Toy. You can also donate toys here.

The Angel Tree – Prison Fellowship Program

Angel Tree works by connecting parents in prison with their children through the delivery of Christmas gifts. In most cases, local church volunteers purchase and deliver gifts and the Gospel to children in the name of their prisoner-parent. 1-877-478-0100 

Family Giving Tree

Their Holiday Wish Drive offers a way to directly touch a child’s life. They work with more than 250 Bay Area, California social service agencies that supply them with the names and wishes of the children they serve year-round. A wish card is printed for each child, detailing their age, gender, first name and their wish for a holiday gift. Over 900 Bay Area, California companies, schools and organizations participate in the program by displaying the wish cards, often on trees, in their lobbies and other public areas. It is the generosity of employees, customers and students that makes this program a success. They do not work with individuals, but Social Service Agencies located in northern California, seeking assistance from the Family Giving Tree. So please check with your local Social Services office to ask for more information. Check out their “Who we Help” page before contacting their office. Head on over here for that information

Military Families – Trees For Troops
Part of the Christmas SPIRIT Foundation that provides real trees to families with members in the military. They are based out of Missouri, the foundation does provide National assistance to those in need. This year they are teaming with FedEx to deliver the trees all over the nation.  You can contact Christmas SPIRIT for help here
The National Holiday Project
Sign up with the charity for help and see what kind of assistance they offer in your area. They bring the spirit of a holiday to people who otherwise would not have a celebration

Make-a-Wish Foundation
The Make-a-Wish Foundation is a charitable foundation that grants wishes of kids throughout the year. Even more importantly, it’s for kids who face life-threatening medical conditions. For children ages  2 1/2 to 18 years old.
Operation Santa
Get a letter from Santa Mailed to your child click here for more information
Find a Freecycle in your area. Your trade items with other people that you don’t want.

List of Christmas Charities by State Please visit this site as it has a lot of information I already have but if you scroll down the page you will find a list of Christmas Charities by State in alphabetical order. Use the list below or click here.



























New Hampshire

New Jersey       

New Mexico     

New York

North Carolina  

North Dakota





Rhode Island    

South Carolina

South Dakota    







West Virginia



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  1. Hi i have five kids me and my husband try to do this as nice as we can for our family every year but its been three years that we just a small dinner on thanks giving so by christmas we dont have much to offer my kids please if some one can adopt us this year please I want to see a big smile on my kids thanks!

  2. hi my name is amber the past year has been one thing after another I lost my house and my car my kids are whats keeping me going but my life fell entirely apart on September 3 our baby pasted away from sids and I fell behind on everything. we are now trying to catch up on rent and bge and other bills but its been hard. now I have our 8 yr olds birthday is December 6 my 5 yr birthday is December 13 and than there is chrsitmas for all four of them I also have a 3 1/2 yr and a 2 yr old and I have no idea what I am going to do im struggling just to pay the rent. I hate to ask for help but I have to for my children they deserve some happiness after all the bad this year and how strong they have been. if anybody knows anywhere I can go or how I can get some help please let me know thank you so much I hope everyone has a happy holiday.

    • Toys for Tots sign up start right after Thanksgiving. Please call 2-1-1 or your local Catholic Charities to fins times, location and dates. I research information to help those in need and then post that information that I find for others to use. I have that all listed here ->

  3. Hi, I lost my job of 10 years while I was on medical leave I have no income and need help with making Christmas for my family I have a 22f,21f,21m,20f,16m my grandson are 3 and 2 I will be 37 on Tuesday I live in Chicago are there any organization that are still helping needy families for Christmas

  4. I need help with a Thanksgiving basket a Christmas basket and Christmas present me and my husband were involved in a car accident and we both recently have had surgeries done I can’t afford to buy a turkey for Thanksgiving or a meal for my childrenc I’ve tried to gone to other pantriesanticipate and nobody will seem to help meand nobody will seem to help meif there’s anything you can do can you please contact me at 716-524-0893 it would be gladly appreciated I live at 1932 LaSalle Avenue in Niagara Falls New York

    • I have 5 children n 2 grandbabies sorry that I didn’t include that in my plea for help for Thanksgiving and for Christmas baskets and presents

    • Thank you for reaching out to me. I research information to help those in need and then post that information that I find for others to use. I have that all listed here -> For thanks giving baskets it’s to late to sign up anywhere. The best you can do is ask the children’s school and local churches. You still have time to sign up to Toys for Tots. Sorry we help with links to information to help those is need.

    • Thank you for reaching out to me. I would love to give you a call however the information is easier for me to give you here. I research information to help those in need and then post that information that I find for others to use. I have that all listed here ->

  5. Hi i am in need of help for christmas this year i am a single parent low income my son deserves a good christmas this year so if u could help please email me at leytiniag@aol thank you and god bless…

  6. I am a single parent of 7 children living off check to check, I am not employed I am on disability and I am looking for someone to adopt my family for Christmas I can’t afford to get Christmas gifts for my children and I don’t want them to feel left out this year for Christmas so if you could help please contact 704-774-9764

  7. I need help to get christmas Toyos from my kids in a single mom and low incom how ir where i can get the help thank you

  8. Hello I am write you for my daughter and her husband and her kids and her step kids they all her life her family has been struggle with epliplsey for 17 years.My youngest grand daughter iladeen has epliplsey she is only 5 she been in and out of hospital in icc numerous times.My grand son Seth also has epliplsey and my son in law has epliplsey.I have four other grand kids faris is my daughter son and the other three are Samantha diamond and Nessy.My daughter had lost her apartment and had to move in with her husband mom and the kids they had moved there belonging to storage and went to check on it and to find out there storage unit had flooded and lost everything pictures kids toys clothes nothing was save able.I would really appreciate if you could please help this family for Thanksgiving and Christmas please my daughter is unable to work so she can care for her children and her husband. Mom is on limited income.They try to make the best of everything.Thank You.My daughter can be reached at 16148179920

  9. My name is Sherri Quintana,my major problem is this,as fewyrs bk my daughter tabrina Quintana who is 25yrs0ld whom was babysitting nd randomly shot in a drive by ,she also has diabetes,high blood pressure,severe noropathy,arthritis some of these illness’s came from here not being able to exercise and has limited movement, she is nw weighing 87lbs her bday is on Christmas Ihave fell hard financially ,she is in need of a bed,warm blankets,and in the last 2mnths our water nd utilities have been shut off 2times I have no way to accommodate her needs wen these services r not available I do have other bills that I need to catch up on I have no transport action to get her to and from a Dr evrtytime she needs to go to the hospital I have to call 911which is frustrating she does get soc,sec but it only goes so far I cannot afford the house I like in but wrkd for us bcuz itis with hardwood floors nd makes it easto get her around I’ve spent a lot on trying to comfort her she’s very sick I’m so scared that I’ll go in her RM one day nd she won’t b breathing ,I wld love to give her a great Christmas ,I NVR knwto much about ur program but by reading the information you’ve provided on ur website it looks like maybe u might b able to help anything is appreciate d I knw u can’t help with all this so anything is sincerely appreciated,thank u for taking the time to read my story thank u sherriquintaba,4351 milburn so.Colorado,springs,Colo,80906 #7192177283

  10. Wow! You’ve made a wonderful list that seems to cover most of the groups that are willing to help during the holiday seasons! You did an amazing job on this post, and I know that this will help many, many people!

  11. Thanks for all of this helpful information! I think this year I will see who I can help, even though it probably won’t be much since I am not working, I would love to brighten someone’s day, just a little.

  12. thank you so very much for sharing all this very good info I sure am glad i read all this because i have been having very hard times the last 4 months and I am going to look into some of the info you have again thanks so very much I hope I can find at leaset one place that can help me :}

    • Your welcome. Also keep in mind if you need any other help and can not find it on my website just send me an email and I will do my best to see if I can find it.