Need FREE Christmas gifts in Sanford, NC? We totally understand how discouraging it can be to stare down the holidays after a long, hard year. Your children deserve the best… but sometimes, life kicks you down and you just don’t have the budget for the things you want them to have.
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Get FREE Christmas Gifts in Sanford, NC!
NC Treasure Chest Ministry provides gifts to families who can’t otherwise afford them. This ministry allows parent(s) to select the gifts from the available donations and provide those gifts for their child(ren).
According to Volunteer Lee, “We set up a mock toy store and allow the parents/caregivers to shop for their child – selecting gifts that they know their child would like rather than getting whatever is handed to them – regardless of the child’s needs or interests. We stress that these gifts are from them – not us.”
Salvation Army provides a Christmas JOY program that distributes gifts and clothing to low income members of the community. Registration begins in October! The Salvation Army may be able to provide other supportive services like help with your utility payments.
Sanford Elks Lodge also provides an annual Christmas toy drive. In 2017, they stated their intent to focus on older children and teens who are typically overlooked by other Christmas programs. I’ve reached out to the Elks for more information and I’ll update this post when I receive a reply.
Get help with holiday food from these food banks.
Bread of Life Ministries provides a food bank and a soup kitchen for the local community. Families can receive food every two weeks for food. You’ll need photo ID, Social Security cards for all family members and a current utility bill.
Catholic Charities provides food to those who need it. They can also provide baby items (such as diapers, clothing, formula and more) and other supportive family services.
Christians United Outreach Center of Lee County provides perishable and non-perishable food items to families who need them. You will be asked to provide the names and ages of your household members.
NC Treasure Chest Ministry also serves a community Christmas meal to those who are hungry or lonely. They offer a meal for Thanksgiving, also.