How to Apply to Christmas Assistance Programs – Help with Bills, Food, Gifts,Toys

By | September 21, 2017
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Christmas assistance programs, like Thanksgiving assistance programs, work with charities, government, and community organizations that provide toys, gifts and financial help to needy families during the holidays.  You may also be eligible for assistance with bills, during the Thanksgiving holiday months.  Many are struggling financially and would like you child to receive a toy for the holiday season. If you need help, please locate your state to find holiday assistance programs near you.

Christmas Assistance Programs

Giving toys to Christmas is a wonderful act.  Your family has not been forgotten.   Many families need financial assistance with bills and food during the holiday season.  Many low-income families struggle with paying rent, utilities buying groceries and other needs.

We have also listed agencies that help maintain family stability by preventing evictions, paying past due utility bills and providing food assistance.

If you need help in any of these areas, we will show you where to go for help.  Eligibility is determined by the gross family income of the entire household.  Please be prepared to present proof identity, income and social security cards for all seeking help.

Why Christmas Assistance Programs Give Toys?

Christmas is a special time of the year, especially for children. I remember me and my sisters waking up to find a living room filled with dolls, baby buggies, and other toys.   It is very difficult for parents who love their children but can not afford to buy toys for their children.  Giving gifts and toys to children not only help the child, it gives the parents the joy of know their child will have a good Xmas.

The program listed here work with low-income households to provides toys and gifts for children and the elderly. There are many families that are looking for assistance each year. The key thing is to apply for a toy or gift early, so you child is placed on the list for a Christmas toy.

Do I Qualify for the Free Toy Program?

Everyone does not automatically qualify for the free toy program. Help is given to those in the most need. Eligibility is based on gross monthly or yearly family income. You may qualify if you receive:

  • WIC
  • TANF
  • SNAP
  • SSI
  • Medicaid
  • Section 8 Housing
  • School Lunch Program

How Do I Apply for a  Free Toy

It is important to apply for help in October.  December is a little too late and you may not be able to get assistance. Each program has a limited amount of funding and there are thousands of families that need help. Help is given on a first come, first served basis. Start contacting charities way in advance to make sure your child get a toy.


You can Apply for a Gift if you are a Legal Guardian for the Child.  There is a cut-off age for receiving help and groups are more likely to gift children under 12.  There may be some acceptions, so check with the organization you sign up with.  When applying make sure to bring documents that support your financial situation.  You will need to bring:

  • Photo ID
  • Proof of Income – payroll stubs, W-2 forms
  • Social Security cards for each person applying for help
  • Benefits documents from government agencies, unemployment benefits, child support

Organizations that Offer Thanksgiving and Christmas Assistance

Salvation Army –  Facilitates gifts through community organizations.  They give toys, help with bills,  help for children of prisoners, and groceries and hot meal programs.  Contact your local Salvation Army.

Catholic Charities – Help is facilitated through Department of Social Services and community poverty organizations. (More)

Marine Toys for Tots – Children up to age 12.  Register for Help Here.

St. Vincent de Paul – Christmas, Thanksgiving assistance, toys, food, clothes (contact a chapter in your city)

Make a Wish Foundation – Register, if you have a sick child up to 18, with a life threating illness. Website.

Department of Social Services – if you receive benefits from a government agency, ask your case worker how to sign up for holiday assistance.



3 thoughts on “How to Apply to Christmas Assistance Programs – Help with Bills, Food, Gifts,Toys

  1. Pamela Lipscomb Post author

    Hello, Sheila. If you do not have legal custody of your grandchild I suggest you see about doing this. With legal custody, you may be entitled to money, Medicaid, and SNAP benefits from the Department of Social Services, depending on their ages. Please check out this post here. As far as Christmas help contact the Christmas charities personally in October.

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