Some families in Indiana find themselves in hard times during Christmas, which is especially hard in a season when you want to be able to give freely. But several places in Indiana can help people have a great Christmas even if they don't have the money.
The United Way of Indiana offers services to poor families in need of help at Christmas time through several programs. The United Way sponsors an Adopt a Family program in which those who want to donate to a family in need can do so. The United Way also campaigns for fundraising so it can provide food and clothing to families in need. Altogether, the United Way gives out almost $800,000 in aid to low-income families all over Indiana. Top be considered for help, contact your local United Way in Indiana to find out if you qualify for help.
The Salvation Army in Indiana gears up for a busy Christmas season by helping those in need. You've seen The Salvation Army volunteers ringing bells and collecting money at stores throughout the Christmas season, and you can benefit from donations by speaking to The Salvation Army about your situation. Not only do they have Adopt a Family programs, but also Angel Tree programs for kid's gifts, and Stuff A Stocking programs specifically to help those with teens. If you think you need help, you can apply at The Salvation Army website.
If you don't qualify for Salvation Army or United Way aid through the Christmas season, you might think about asking a church for help. If you are an active member of a church, your clergy might be able to solicit help discreetly and even anonymously from the other parishioners to gather some money, toys, clothes and food for your Christmas. If you aren't religious, you can still find help from churches that don't discriminate against your faith or lack thereof. The Ridgecrest Baptist Church Food Pantry can offer you food for your family, and North Knox Social Ministries can offer gifts to make your Christmas a memorable one.