How to Get Christmas Help for Your Kids

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Christmas is a holiday known for bringing out the best in some people as the spirit of the season moves them to help others less fortunate. As families struggle to keep a roof over their heads, food on the table and the utilities on, they can reach out to places, groups and organizations that will help them provide a Christmas for their children. If you find yourself in need this year, or know someone else who can use the help, know that you are not alone and there is nothing wrong with asking for a little assistance to see your children smile on Christmas morning.

Christmas is a holiday meant to elicit appreciation for what we have, not dwell on things we lack.
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Things You'll Need

  • Proof of income and residency (possibly)
Step 1

Call local churches, human services, welfare or social services departments as well as other established organizations, such as the Salvation Army and Toys for Tots. The sooner you call, the more likely your chances are of receiving Christmas help for your kids.

Toys for Tots.
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Step 2

Have all of your pertinent information available as you reach out to these organizations. Be willing to share information such as details about your situation and your children's names, ages and interests. Some organizations may require proof of your income.

Some organizations may require proof of your income.
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Step 3

Apply online, over the phone or in person once you know the requirements and stipulations for each organization.

Apply.
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Step 4

Follow their instructions and wait for them to present you with gifts for your children. Send a detailed letter of appreciation to the organization or person you've been in contact with.

Follow their instructions and wait for them to present you with gifts for your children.
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Tips & Warnings

  • Some churches and organizations or people within will adopt a family for the holidays. This may include gifts, coats, clothes, food or even help paying utility bills. You do not have to be a member of a church or organization to benefit from their kindness.
  • Do not take advantage of multiple agencies, as there are tons of other children and families in need. Only apply to one charity, as the point is to receive gifts for your kids, not be greedy.
  • Apply as soon as you can. Agencies often receive so many requests they cannot meet the needs of every family who applies.

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