Need a little Christmas help? We know firsthand how frustrating it is when you can’t provide your kiddos with a huge holiday celebration. Sometimes, financial stress can make the holidays downright stressful and depressing. Fortunately, there are agencies that can help!
Although we’ve written about the five primary agencies that assist with Christmas across the United States, there are countless smaller, local agencies that also assist with this desperate need.
If you don’t see your city/county listed below, leave us a comment and let us know!
In order to help your family have the best possible holiday season, we’ve enlisted a help of some additional researchers to find what Christmas resources exist in your local communities! Once you’ve made your request, we’ll forward it to our researchers. Once they’ve reviewed resources in your area, we’ll leave a comment here and let you know what they’ve found!
Each list includes free gifts and free food that will help your family make the most of your holiday season.
Here’s what we’ve researched in Massachusetts so far:
Remember – if you don’t see your area in the list, leave a comment below!
Franklin County includes Greenfield, Orange, Northfield, Bernardston, Buckland, Conway, Shutesbury-Erving, Deerfield, Montague, and Sunderland. If you live in any of these towns (or the surrounding area), then click here to find help for your holiday season!
If you live in Hampden, Springfield, Holyoke, Ludlow, Westfield, Monson, or anywhere else in Hampden County, then you may be able to receive help from a few agencies listed below.
Free Christmas Gifts in Hampden County, Massachusetts
My Brother’s Keeper in Easton invites low-income families to apply for their holiday assistance program during their time of struggle. With this holiday program, they want to make sure everyone’s holiday is bright by treating the entire family, not just the children. Each member of the family receives a gift and the family receives one $50 gift card to use at a local grocery store for food.
Northeast Center For Youth and Families in Easthampton invites low-income families living across Massachusetts and Northwest Connecticut to apply for their “Kids in Care” Holiday Gift program during the holiday season. This program connects disadvantaged families with volunteers who buy the family gifts, such as toys, books, and games for children, small gifts for adults, food, and clothing for everyone in the household.
Salvation Army in Brockton invites disadvantaged families with children aged newborn to 12 years old to apply for their Toy For Joy program. With this program, families receive several new toys for each of their children from generous community members and organizations.
Toys For Tots in Springfield invites disadvantaged families living in Hampden County to apply for their holiday assistance program. With this program, families with children aged newborn to 14 years old receive new, unopened toys for their children to open on Christmas morning.
The Toys for Tots program distributed 258,301 toys to 199,194 children in Berkshire, Franklin, Hampshire, and Hampden Counties.
West Springfield Park and Recreation Department hosts their Operation Santa program each year to assist low-income families living in West Springfield. With this program, they deliver toy baskets and food baskets to registered families who cannot afford to purchase these items during the holidays.
There are five ways to apply for the program. You can complete the application in 5 ways. You can email them, take it to the drop box, mail it in, fax it, or take it to them in person.
Residents of Hampshire County can get help from several agencies! We’ve found help in Amherst, Easthampton, Northampton, Hadley, Belchertown and more! Click here to see the full list.
Of course, Plymouth County includes Plymouth. Whether you live in Brockton, Plymouth, Bridgewater, Marshfield, Middleborough, Hingham, Wareham, Scituate, Norwell, Pembroke or the surrounding area, we’ve found resources that can help your family with free Christmas gifts and food this holiday season!
In addition to the city of Worcester, this county also includes Leominster, Fitchburg, Shrewsbury, Milford, Gardner, Westborough, Grafton and more. If you live anywhere in Worcester County, then this list is what you’re looking for.