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.

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Some programs and other sites that might help you in your time of need:

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New lists and programs added for 2014



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Many people are in great need during this time of year. So it’s important when signing up to agency’s 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.

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 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 your in need) and ask if they have any information on how to find help for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Also ask if the school has any programs available to help your family. 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 bill etc all year round. You just have to ask to find out what your school can help with in times of need. My daughters 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 feedingamerica.org/foodbanks and you can also try FoodPantries.org.  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, Civic Organizations, Human Services, or D.S.S
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 dont go to church thats fine too, you are still welcome to contact any of your local churches and inquire about there 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 cal

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 childrens ages gender written on them. Well thats part of there 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 salvationarmyusa.org/usn just add your zip code to the top right corner. If your having trouble finding yours you can also just look them up in your phone book or call information. Please call right away some places sign ups have already begone.
 
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  www.familychristmasonline.com.
 
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 https://directory.lionsclubs.org/.
 
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 Charity’s for information on where they will be holding the event in your town and when.The list below can link you with the various state 2-1-1 web sites:
Again if your 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 angeltree.org/angeltreehome

Family Giving Tree
There Holiday Wish Drive offers a way to directly touch a child’s life. they work with more than 250 Bay Area 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 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. Social service agencies or any individuals seeking assistance from the Family Giving Tree should check out there Agencies page before contacting there office. Head on over here for that information http://www.familygivingtree.org/

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 christmasspiritfoundation.org.
 
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 http://www.holidayproject.info/.
 
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 operationlettertosanta.com.
 
2Hands.org (FreeHolidayHelp.org)
2 Hands is a site based on one hand helping another. If you are in need for Christmas or feel you can help someone else please take a look at the postings in your area at http://www.2hands.org/freeholidayhelp. Note this is not a guarantee of help for the holidays but worth a try.
 
Wish Upon A Hero
You can make 3 wishes for cards and little things as well as clothes and things, No wish is to small or to big wishuponahero.com.
 
Freecycle
Find a Freecycle in your area. Your trade items with other people that you don’t want. http://www.freecycle.org

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.

Alabama

Alaska

Arizona

Arkansas

California

Colorado

Connecticut

Delaware

Florida

Georgia

Hawaii

Idaho

Illinois

Indiana

Iowa

Kansas

Kentucky

Louisiana

Maine

Maryland

Michigan   

Minnesota      

Mississippi         

Montana        

Nebraska     

Nevada 

New Hampshire

New Jersey       

New Mexico     

New York

North Carolina  

North Dakota

Ohio   

Oklahoma

Oregon

Pennsylvania    

Rhode Island    

South Carolina

South Dakota    

Tennessee    

Texas   

Utah

Vermont    

Virginia

Washington       

West Virginia

Wisconsin

Wyoming

More links worth checking out:

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