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: 

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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.

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

Call Your Child’s School

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 by calling the school social worker, school psychologist, or guidance counselor. Tell them your situation, and ask for if they can help or have information on how to find help for Thanksgiving and Christmas in your area. If they don’t they will point you in the right direction. Schools are very giving during the holidays, and tend to have additional 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. The are not just going to offer. Most importantly, don’t wait until the last minute.

Call Local Food Banks

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 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.


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 ask if they know of any programs helping families 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 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 through Salvation Army.

They will require some simple information from you to determine whether you are really in need of the services. Find your local Salvation Army and their 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 phone book 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 to 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.

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New Hampshire

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West Virginia



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  1. Herbert handy says:

    I need music instruments for Christmas, food, clothes ,help in paying off bills, a gift of a much needed car,and an extreme makeover.if you can help me to get those presents i will appreciate it. Im low income and i make under $10,000.00 a please help me to get these gifts for Christmas .

  2. gerald malone says:

    My name is gerald and am a single father of 3 children ages 4 girl, 6 boy, and 8 girl . I am concerned about gifts for my kids because the gifts I did have and saved up for were all stolen from us during our move to lake lena Minnesota. I have Nothing for them now and am getting stressed out worrying about it cause Christmas is only 6 days away. I’m all cried out and no where to turn it seems. I am writing this as a hopeful last chance to believe that there still are good honest people out there with a little extra this year to assist my family in this dire time of need. Thank you for taking the time to read this

  3. Jennifer sigalas says:

    Angie I need help I have become disabled needing major surgery recently I need help for Xmas I have 3 kids and my phone number is 903-431-0623 and I live in Texas and I have called all the charities and they are full anyone could help I would be name is Jennifer email is

  4. To whom it may concern; My name is Vince and I am asking for help for the Holidays.About a month ago I went to work to find that my boss had taken his own life.This has put five employees out of work.I have filled out several applications and have not yet found any work.My family and I have tried different oganizations,but we are told that we are to late for any kind of help at this time.My wife and I have two children,one daughter age 7 and another daughter age 16.My wife is legally blind and disability just isn’t enough.It pays our house payment and that about it.If there is anyony out there that would like to help our family in this time of need,it would be greatly appreciated.We can be reached at (920)209-0166 we are located in Saint Cloud Wisconsin and my email address is Thank you and have a Merry Christmas.

  5. LaSonya Pollard says:

    I need help for my boys for Christmas thier father walk out on me and took everything I need help to make a nice Christmas plus my oldest will be 13 four days after Christmas I now it late but he just run out with all our stuff my email address is and my phone #8163821365

  6. My name is jenn. I have three kids. My daughter is ten and my sons are three and two. I need help with gifts for christmas for my kids. Im a single mom and in financial struggle. My email is my telep hi one number is 631 334 6976. I live in north carolina. Thank u

  7. there are 5 children in my home and I took your advice and called schools and churches and cant get help please what else can I do

  8. I am a single mother of 4 with one of my children is autistic and turns 2 tomorrow. Christmas is almost a week away missed the toys for tots registration. Haven’t told my kids I will not be able to give them a Christmas because they are not in a age where they can fully understand my oldest is 7 been praying every night in hopes in a miracle. My second child was a preemie at 24 weeks and was 1lbs and 10oz and now she is 6 so I know miracles are possible. I just hope god hears my prayer and grants me a wish for my kids. I havent been able to work due to medical reason and also being a mother of 4 with my youngest only 8 months really has me busy I don’t not get child support but do receive snap. I know I’m not the only with struggle I just hope god can bless all the family’s who may need help for the holidays and maybe next year I will be in a better place to give my kids a Christmas and maybe put a smile on a family’s face who maybe struggling just like me. If there is anyone who can help me please contact me at 860 938-4609 thank you and god bless!

  9. Nellie Porter says:

    Hello,I’m Nellie Porter we just move from Minnesota ,me and my dauther, with 7children,I just will be pleases if someone will helpus on Christmas toy and things.It will be a Blessings. I don’t have a email but here my phone number 414_323_7888,address 3006W Juneau Ave.unit B,Milwaukee, Wl.53208Have a bless Day God Bless ya!

  10. Cynthia Wheeler says:

    i have a 11 year old Beautiful Girl she is my whole world.. i don’t get to see her much , she lives with her dad and my vehicle is not dependable.. I’m disabled and im waiting on housing.. My Bills are more than i get each month.. i just wanna be able to see her Christmas morning and hold her and see her smile .And give her a few gifts .. I Love Her so MUCH.. it wld be so appreciated if someone could please help 1-706-220-8219 Cynthia Wheeler

  11. Am a single mom of a 7 yaer old I have no money for Christmas gifts. For my daughter. I prayer that someone help me gave my daughter gifts my phone number is 1 913 674 3114

  12. I thank this is a wonderful site I’m a single mother of 9 children whom my mother adopted she was married to a man whom made her a very happy woman he was an Retired Sgt. Major of 30 years in the US Army the only man my children and I have ever known had a massive heart attack and we buried him Dec. 5 my children are very sad and hurt by this tragedy and we ask you for prayer and Blessings God Bless

  13. I am a mother of 5 whose baby boy past away on September 3 2015 and my life came crashing down so badly. Than my baby girl turned 2 on 10/16 and my son turned 9 on 12/3 and my other daughter will be 6 today 12/13 and I was and am unable to do anything for their birthdays. I also have a 4 yr old son who has autism and he is so wonderful but I cannot afford to provide Christmas for them because we are close to being evicted and I get no child support or help fromantic social services and every dollar I get has to go to rent. They are so understanding I told them I promised I would do better next year and and my oldest 2 told me everything is going to be okay. I’m not asking for much just for somebody to please bring a little joy and hope to 4 children who have lost so much this year please and god bless.

  14. Good morning,

    I am finding that in Massachusetts it is more difficult then I expected to find places accepting items to help a couple families in need. My whole extended family went in together and purchased full decorations such as fake trees, stockings, etc. for a couple families in need in our area. I am having a hard time finding anyone who can help me get these to those families. Angie any help you can provide me would be greatly appreciated.


  15. tamatha woodard says:

    I’m a single mom of five. All I get is food stamps! I live in a housing home, Finally! We’ve really had a rough time of the last few years. We are in need of help with a few gifts this year. We live a ways out. We don’t have a car. Missed the toys for tots sign up time. I just recently hurt myself. Been very hard just making it to therapy for my back. Now Christmas is just days away. I’ve put it into gods hands now. Praying for somethings to make the children happy this year.if anyonw can help it would be a miracle! Thanks and god bless! Text me at 352-231-5206

  16. crystal hockaday says:

    Hello I’m need of help for Christmas I have for children and I have no income at the time I’m seeking a job but no luck at the time so if u can please help me and my family out it will be a blessing

  17. Heather Teague says:

    I have three children, two boys ages 6 and 13 and a daughter who’s almost 9. Just moved to a new apartment (low income housing) near Charleston after working hard to get stronger both physically and mentally. Am separated from my husband who has abused me for 15 years and continues to do so but in different ways. Have been hospitalized and near death from the effects of the trauma associated with the abuse, major depression and anorexia nervosa. Finally received electro convulsive therapy for three months and have been building a new life since March of this year. I’m grateful to have Christmas with the children and to have my life and my health even though it’s still a challenge. I feel bad because I don’t have the money to get them much of anything and I don’t even have a Christmas tree for them to decorate. Is it too late to get help at this point? I honestly didn’t know I’d make it this far and only a few weeks ago was able to move here. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated!


  18. Tiffany davis says:

    Hey i have 4 kids in this early have been very upsetting for me and my family we just find out the early part off this year my husband has bone cancer he had to leave his job he been on for 25 years. It’s hurting him so bad cause i work but all that money go on rent and bills we dont no if ill kids will wake up to anything this Christmas we two boys 14 and 13 and two daughter’s 11 and 6 i have try everything from tryin to get loans i went to the salvation army it was to late to sign up if anyone have any information on how i can get help please let me no it so sad and hurtful we can’t even get them a tree. Thanks Davis Family

  19. Hello everyone my name is Carla and me & my family are in desperate need of everyday essentials this year and we really need help. I have a fundraiser account with Given Foward and the link is below. Any type of help is excepted not just money so if you can please help that would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance for the consideration we appreciate it.

  20. kendrick martin says:

    On oct 30 i was in a real bad car accident which left me in the hospital 2 weeks. Due the accident im out of work until Jan.1,2016 and cause my job is unionized im unable to draw short term disability. I have no income coming in and no one to help me with my kids. I have to boys and a step daughter that looks like there not going to be able to have christmas.

  21. Felisha VENTURA says:

    I am 21 years old I have 3 children there father is in jail my children have been thru some rough roads.and I recently lost my job.. I am leaving house to house I have a 5 year 4 year boys and a daughter who’s bithday is on 1212 she will be 3 … I have been going thru some hard times and I pray that it will be over soon.I just don’t want my baby’s to have a sad christmas.. I cry at night praying that GOD hears my humble heart. You would make my christmas a very happy one if I know that may kids are happy…

  22. Hi I’m a single mother of five kids nd expecting one more December 23 , I was working before my doctor made me go on Maternity leave which I could only afford to pay my rent and bills with that I have a sixteen year old daughter that’s a Honor roll student that gives me big help with her siblings I have a fourteen year old daughter and a thirteen year old son that’s sayn they don’t want anything for Christmas just so I can make their seven and six years old sisters be happy for Christmas nd I would appreciate if I can get some help this Christmas for once just to make my kids smile on Christmas day a little of nothing will help brighten my kids .I felt really bad not being able to get them and the baby I’m expecting in a few weeks nothing for Christmas I had scraped up some change today just to get my babies a five dollar Christmas Tree that’s something they really wanted I trys my best to make them happy just hoping their Christmas be good Thank you I would be thankful if I can get any kind of help

  23. Audrey pachner says:

    I need help with Christmas this year

  24. Thank you for the info, I really appreciate it, Merry Christmas.
    I hope one of those sites you have listed will be able to help with christmas for my 4 kids…

  25. Stevie Sipes says:

    This year I’ve had a lot of medical issues hit my family & I. We are a family of 5 (2 parents & 3 children) but only one parent works because I’m disabled. I got a total hip replacement in March & still dealing with other health issues at the age of 31. I’ve survived cancer when I was 18. We aren’t eligible for assistance in my state. So I’m sending this message hopeing God will provide in someway to help with medical bills or just help so our children can have a great Christmas because all 3 of them have seen their mother in pain going on for almost a year now. They’re really are great kids, they truly bless our lives so much & deserve more then we can afford by far. Hope everyone how reads this have a save & Merry Christmas.

  26. jamie wilson says:

    Hi I am a 30 year old woman living in kansas city missouri. i am a wife and mom of 3 little children and a step mom to a 16 year old. My husband works but by the time the bills are paid on (not caught up) and the toiletries, and food is bought we don’t have enough money at the end to get holiday shopping or birthdays together. i am in desperate need of assistance with clothes for everyone but me. My 16 year old daughter is 6’0 and 200 lbs, her mother buys clothes too small. my 5 year old is 48″ tall. and all his clothes had to be givin to his 3 year old brother because they’re too small. my 5 year old is so tall that he needs size 7-8 clothes, except underwear. my 3 year old son needs new shoes. ( size 10) my 1 year old daughter doesn’t have a winter coat and is wearing all her baby clothes (0-3 months to no bigger than 9 months clothes) My husband is 6’5 260 lbs, and i have no idea where to get clothes for him, and the clothes i have found are too much money. He needs a new coat, doesn’t currently have one, and he works at aplant that is very very cold during the winter. he needs good work shoes (size 13) for standing and walking all day/night long. I am the only one that doesn’t need too much of anything.

  27. I need help getting my little girl Christmas gifts times have been better but God is good and this is just a bump in the road. Her birthday is one week after Christmas so if I make sure she is happy on Christmas I will be happy and grateful.

  28. I have three girls 8,6,2. Im in needed of help for christmas . I will be blessed for any help.

  29. ginger Monroe says:

    We are a family that need help. 3 boys with special needs .5 of us total. My husband is the only one that works we are a one income family i take care of everyone. Please help us.god bless you. Ginger Monroe

  30. In need help getting Christmas gifts for my children. Its been a ruff couple months for us

  31. Paula Thibeaux says:

    I looking for help gor my kids for chirstmas please

  32. Monica G Martinez says:

    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!

  33. amber hunt says:

    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 ->

  34. Erin McCormick says:

    Anything u are willing to give to us will be helpful thank you so much

  35. Marcia Jackson says:

    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

  36. Lisa sozio says:

    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

    • Lisa sozio says:

      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

    • Angela Harris says:

      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.

  37. camelia Scott says:

    Please give me a call back my mortgage company referred me,I would like to find out more my number is 5049066709

    • 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 ->

  38. camelia Scott says:

    In need of a call back

  39. 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…

  40. Sumeko milton says:

    Trying to find help for needy families

  41. Christine Rushing says:

    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


    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

  43. I need help with Christmas for my children they are amazing children and deserve to have a great Christmas

  44. 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

  45. sherriQuintana says:

    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

  46. Thanks for sharing all this info!

  47. 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!

  48. bonnie holt says:

    This is awesome I knoe a family that could really use this thank you for shareing it

  49. melissa potvin says:

    WOW ! Fantastic! Such great info

  50. Wynter Reign says:

    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.

  51. 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 :}

    • Angela Harris says:

      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.

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