HowChristmas assistance programs. The Salvation Army and other charities help low-income families keep the holiday traditions. These holiday assistance incentives work with charities, government, and community organizations that provide Thanksgiving and Christmas food baskets, holiday meals, free Christmas toys, gifts and financial help to needy families during the holidays. You may also be eligible for assistance with bills. Many are struggling financially and would like your 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 Christmas 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 who 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.
Organizations that Provide Christmas Assistance
Facilitates gifts through community organizations. They give toys, help with bills, help for children of prisoners, and groceries and hot meal programs. This program is made possible because of donation for individuals community organization and corporations. If you need help this Christmas, contact your local S.A. organization. (more)
Help is facilitated through the Department of Social Services and community poverty organizations. Catholic Charities is an international faith-based organization that is dedicated to helping disadvantaged families and individuals in the community. If you need help, please contact your local Catholic Charities. You can walk in to receive free groceries from a local food bank. (More)
Marine Toys for Tots
Children up to age 12. Register for Help Here.
Operation Christmas Child
This program is associated with Samaritan’s Purse in Boone, NC. Their famous outreach to children give a Christmas Shoe Box to kids throughout the world and the U.S. Shoe boxes are decorated and filled with toys, clothes, school supplies for children. If you would like to support this outreach or desire to see one in your community contact Samaritan’s Purse. (more)
St. Vincent de Paul
This faith-based charity helps with housing, utility payments, travel vouchers, gas cards, clothing, food, basic mandatory needs. They have programs that help ex-offenders, the disabled, beds, crib, baby supplies, and etc. They also provide Christmas, Thanksgiving assistance, toys, food, clothes (contact a chapter).
Make a Wish Foundation
Register, if you have a sick child up to 18, with a life-threating illness. Website.
The United Way
This organization reaches the United States and worldwide. This resource provides assistance and referrals to community services. If you are looking for help for Christmas or any time. The United Way and point you in the right direction. Looking for toys for your children, clothing, furniture, help with rent, utility or more, contact this organization by dialing, 2-1-1.
Operation Homefront is an outreach to military families at Christmas and every day. They join with Dollar Tree to provide toys for children whose parents are in the military. If you would like to receive a give for your child to register with a local Operation Homefront Tory Distribution in your state. You can also receive a homecooked holiday turkey dinner. Contact to find dates this year. (find out more)
Loaves and Fishes
Loaves & Fishes provides free groceries to families and individuals who are experiencing financial challenges. If you need help with groceries contact Catholic Charities of Department of Social Services to get a referral to Loaves and Fishes. The also give turkey and fixings for families with children. They are located in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg area. (more)
Which Programs Give Toys?
Christmas is a special time of the year, especially for children. It is very difficult for parents who love their children but can not afford to buy toys for their children. Therefore, giving gifts and toys to children not only help the child, but it also gives the parents the joy of know their child will have a good Xmas. These Christmas assistance programs give away toys and gifts:
- Salvation Army Angel Tree
- Toys for Tots
- Lions Club
- Catholic Charities
- Make a Wish Foundation
- Angel Tree Christmas Prison Fellowship
The programs 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 your child is placed on the list for a Christmas toy.
Do I Qualify for Christmas Assistance Programs?
Everyone won’t qualify for these Christmas assistance programs like the free toy program. Therefore, help is only given to those at-risk families. Eligibility is based on gross monthly or yearly family income. When you apply, you must present, proof of identification with a photo, proof of address, proof of income, proof of the age of the child, and proof you are the parent or guardian of the child receiving gifts. You may qualify if you receive,
- Section 8 Housing
- School Lunch Program
If you receive help from a government agency you must have proof of enrollment in that program.
How Do I Apply for a Free Toy
It is important to apply for help in October. However, 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 gets 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 to 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.