Need Christmas Help? Get Free Toys & Food!

(Last Updated On: January 1, 2019)

Need a little Christmas help? We know firsthand how frustrating it is when you can’t provide your kiddos with anything for the holidays. Sometimes, financial stress can make the holidays downright stressful and depressing. Fortunately, there are agencies that can help!

We have found a lot of programs that can help with the holidays.  However, each of these agencies receive more requests for help than they can fill. It’s always a good idea to contact them as early in the season as possible. Of course, we’ve done our best to find resources that can help you with last-minute needs but it’s always easier to get help if you start early in the season.

3 Agencies that Provide Christmas Help for Low Income Families!

Salvation Army

The Salvation Army can assist with holiday meals, toys and clothing to low income families, including families of prisoners. If you visit their website, you can search for your local Salvation Army chapter. Some local agencies begin taking registrations as early as October, so you’ll want to contact your local Corps Community Center as early as possible!

Toys for Tots

Register for Toys for Tots by visiting the Marine Toys for Tots page. You’ll be prompted to enter your state and select a local area. This will redirect you to your local Toys for Tots page, where you can receive further directions.

For our area, TANF recipients are directed to visit the Washington State DSHS office to apply. All other applicants are encouraged to call a phone number to reach their local coordinator. Our local organization begins accepting applications at the end of November.

Be an Elf

Write a letter to Santa! Send it to the Be an Elf program and you might just receive gifts in return! The Be an Elf website includes tips on writing effective letters and some great information about how this all-volunteer program works.  Please visit this link for more information. Remember to send the letter between Thanksgiving and the first of December!

Get FREE Christmas Gifts & FREE Christmas Dinner in YOUR area!

Of course, the best resources we’ve found are the small organizations in local communities. There are hundreds of local agencies that offer holiday help, so we can’t possibly list them all in this one post. That’s why we’ve broken this article into state and county resource guides – it’s just easier to use that way.

We have received literally thousands of information requests. We’re working through them as quickly as we can. When we finish a new resource list, it’s always uploaded and linked into this series for your convenience. Of course, if you don’t see your area listed, just let us know and we’ll make sure to research that as soon as we can!

Alabama

In 2015, the National Center for Children in Poverty found that 50% of children in Alabama lived in low income homes. That’s over 250,000 kids! Fortunately, we’ve found many agencies that are dedicated to helping these children during the holidays. If you’re looking for help this holiday season, then click here to find free Christmas gifts and food in Alabama!

Alaska

This series is written entirely by reader request and we haven’t had any requests yet! If you’re located in Alaska, please leave a comment and let us know what area we should research for you. Thanks!

Arizona

We’ve found resources for free Christmas gifts, free Christmas dinners and even free Christmas parties for low income kids in Arizona! Since more than half of Arizona’s children are being raised in low income homes, we’ve spent a lot of time researching helpful agencies in Arizona!

Arkansas

Arkansas families need a little help sometimes. The holidays are especially difficult for low income families who are barely getting by. If you need help this holiday season, then check out this list of helpful Arkansas agencies!

California

Since California is the most populated state in America, most of our information requests come from this area. We’ve spent a lot of time compiling this long list of agencies that provide free Christmas gifts and food to low income families in California!

Colorado

I love those snow-capped Colorado peaks in wintertime! However, they’re a lot less exciting when you’re financially strapped and dreading the holiday ahead. If you need a little help this holiday season, then click here to see this list of agencies that can help you! 

Connecticut

We don’t have any information for Connecticut yet. It may be that we haven’t had any requests or it could be that our readers haven’t caught up to the Connecticut requests we’ve received. Either way, leave us a note in the comments and let us know what Connecticut area you’d like us to research for you!

Delaware

We don’t have any information for Delaware yet. This is due to one of two things: either we haven’t received any requests for information in Delaware, or we’ve received a request and our writers haven’t caught up to it yet. Either way, leave us a note in the comments and let us know what Delaware county we should research for you!

Florida

Cash-strapped in Florida this holiday season? Fortunately, we’ve found agencies that can help! From Miami to Jacksonville to Pensacola, here’s a list of agencies around Florida that can help you find free Christmas gifts and toys this holiday season.

Georgia

The one year that we spent Christmas in Georgia, our family was surprised with a holiday meal from some dear friends. This caring gift was the best thing our family received that year. If you need a little help this holiday season, here are some agencies that can help you enjoy a hot meal and get free Christmas gifts for your children.

Hawaii

We haven’t had any requests for information in Hawaii yet! If you’re located in Hawaii and need help this holiday season, please let us know what area to research.

Idaho

I haven’t spent a lot of time in Idaho but I’ve heard that it’s beautiful at Christmastime! Fortunately, there are several agencies in Idaho that can help you if you’re having a hard time this holiday season. For free Christmas items in Idaho, check out this list!

Illinois

If you live in Illinois, then you’re in luck! Many of our requests come from your area, so we’ve done a lot of research on helpful organizations in Illinois. If you need a little help this season, then check out our list of organizations that assist with Christmas in Illinois!

Indiana

Christmas can be heartbreaking when you know you won’t be able to buy your children any gifts. If you’re facing a depressing holiday season, have hope! We’re looking into agencies in Indiana that can help. Here’s what we’ve found so far.

Iowa

Iowa families need a little help sometimes. The holidays are especially difficult for low income families who are barely getting by. If you need help this holiday season, then check out this list of helpful Iowa agencies!

Kansas

We haven’t found any information in Kansas yet! Either we haven’t received any requests, or our writers are still working on catching up to the requests we’ve received. Either way, let us know in the comments which Kansas county you’d like us to research.

Kentucky

We’ve found help in Kentucky! If you’re looking for a little help this holiday season, these agencies can help you with free Christmas gifts and food. 

Louisiana

If you’re in Louisiana, check this list of areas we’ve researched. If we haven’t found any Christmas help in your area yet, leave a comment and let us know! Here’s the list of what we’ve done so far. 

Maine

Need help this holiday season? We haven’t had any requests for help in Maine yet (or, if we’ve received a request, our writers haven’t been able to follow-up on it yet). If you’re looking for help in Maine, please leave a comment with your county name and we’ll look into it as soon as we can!

Maryland

Although Maryland has a lower percentage of low income families than many other states, they also have some great resources for those families! If you’re struggling financially in Maryland, here’s a list of agencies that can help you this holiday season.

Massachusetts

Cash-strapped in Massachusetts this holiday season? Fortunately, we’ve found agencies that can help! Here’s a list of agencies around Florida that can help you find free Christmas gifts and toys this holiday season.

Michigan

Whether you’re in the LP or the UP, we want to help you find free Christmas gifts and food for your family this holiday season. Here’s our list of Christmas resources we’ve found in Michigan.

Minnesota

Nearly a half-million Minnesota kids live in low income homes. If you need a little help this holiday season, there are agencies standing by to assist you. Here’s what we’ve found in Minnesota so far. 

Mississippi

We don’t have any Mississippi information yet. Either we haven’t received any requests yet or our writers haven’t caught up on our research list. Regardless, leave us a comment with your county name and we’ll look into it as soon as we can!

Missouri

If you know you can’t afford Christmas gifts and food in Missouri, you may be wondering where you can look for help. Fortunately, we have answer! Here’s a list of agencies that offer Christmas assistance in Missouri.

Montana

We don’t have any Montana information yet. Either we haven’t received any requests yet or our writers haven’t caught up on our research list. Regardless, leave us a comment with your county name and we’ll look into it as soon as we can!

Nebraska

Need help in Nebraska? Please leave a comment and let us know what county to research for you. We don’t have any Nebraska information yet but we’ll update this as soon as we do!

Nevada

Need help in Nevada? This series is written entirely by reader request so leave us a comment and let us know what county to research for you.

New Hampshire

Need help in New Hampshire? We haven’t had any requests for information in New Hampshire yet. Please leave a comment and let us know what county to research for you.

New Jersey

Need help in New Jersey? Please leave a comment and let us know what county to research for you. We write this series by reader request so we’ll get that information to you as soon as possible.

New Mexico

Families in New Mexico can get free Christmas gifts for their children and free holiday meals if they are low income. We’ve found a list of agencies that can help. 

New York

From the big city to the most rural township, low income families across New York need a little help sometimes. If you’re going to need some free Christmas gifts or food this holiday season, then you’ll want to see this list of resources we’ve found for you. 

North Carolina

We’ve had a lot of requests for information from North Carolina! If you’re looking for Christmas assistance in NC, this is the list you need to see. 

North Dakota

This series is written entirely by reader request and we haven’t had any requests yet! If you’re located in North Dakota, please leave a comment and let us know what area we should research for you. Thanks!

Ohio

From Adams County to Wyandot County, we’re working on a list of every agency, organization and event that helps with Christmas gifts and toys in Ohio. To see what we’ve done so far, visit this list!

Oklahoma

Almost half of Oklahoma’s children are growing up in low income households, so it’s no wonder why so many Oklahoma families need help during the holiday season. If you would like to know where to turn for free Christmas gifts and food, then this list of helpful agencies is for you!

Oregon

Oregon families need a little help sometimes. The holidays are especially difficult for low income families who are barely getting by. If you need help this holiday season, then check out this list of helpful Oregon agencies!

Pennsylvania

We’ve spent a lot of time researching the state of Pennsylvania! We’ve spent a lot of time compiling this long list of agencies that provide free Christmas gifts and food to low income families in Pennsylvania!

Rhode Island

We don’t have any information for Rhode Island yet. Leave us a note in the comments and let us know what Rhode Island area you’d like us to research for you! We’ll look into it as soon as we can.

South Carolina

Christmas in South Carolina should be a wonderful time! However, they’re a lot less exciting when you’re financially strapped and dreading the holiday ahead. If you need a little help this holiday season, then click here to see this list of agencies that can help you! 

South Dakota

We don’t have any information for South Dakota yet. This is due to one of two things: either we haven’t received any requests for information in South Dakota, or we’ve received a request and our writers haven’t caught up to it yet. Either way, leave us a note in the comments and let us know what Delaware county we should research for you!

Tennessee

Cash-strapped in Tennessee this holiday season? Fortunately, we’ve found agencies that can help! Here’s a list of agencies around Tennessee that can help you find free Christmas gifts and toys this holiday season.

Texas

Everything’s bigger in Texas – including the list of agencies that can help low income families with Christmas gifts and food! We’re still working on the research but you can see everything we’ve found in Texas so far by visiting this link.

Utah

I love Utah at Christmastime! We lived there for many years. If you live in Utah and you need some help this holiday season, here’s the list you need. 

Vermont

We haven’t found any information in Vermont yet! Either we haven’t received any requests, or our writers are still working on catching up to the requests we’ve received. Either way, let us know in the comments which Vermont county you’d like us to research.

Virginia

Christmas can be heartbreaking when you know you won’t be able to buy your children any gifts. If you’re facing a depressing holiday season, have hope! We’re looking into agencies in Virginia that can help. Here’s what we’ve found so far.

Washington

If you’re a Washington resident, then you’re in luck! We’ve found a lot of agencies that may be able to help you this holiday season. Here’s our list of organizations that assist with Christmas in Washington!

Washington DC

We haven’t had the chance to look into Washington DC yet but it’s on our research list! We’ll get this information published here as soon as our researchers finish it up.

West Virginia

West Virginia families need a little help sometimes. The holidays are especially difficult for low income families who are barely getting by. If you need help this holiday season, then check out this list of helpful W.V. agencies!

Wisconsin

We’ve found help in Wisconsin! If you’re looking for a little help this holiday season, these agencies can help you with free Christmas gifts and food. 

Wyoming

Need help this holiday season? We haven’t had any requests for help in Wyoming yet (or, if we’ve received a request, our writers haven’t been able to follow-up on it yet). If you’re looking for help in Wyoming, please leave a comment with your county name and we’ll look into it as soon as we can!

Get Last Minute Christmas Gifts & Help Near You!

Over the last several years, we’ve noticed that this post gets an insane amount of traffic during the week before Christmas. If you’re looking for last-minute help and we haven’t already written about your area, hopefully some of these last-minute Christmas gifts and resources can help you.

Buy Nothing

Buy Nothing is a local movement that helps reduce waste by encouraging people to give away items that are no longer used. Sometimes, you can find some awesome things there! On my local Buy Nothing groups, I’ve even seen people giveaway Christmas presents and other items to families in need. If you’re looking for some last minute assistance, checking our your local Buy Nothing group and see what’s available! Just search “Buy Nothing” on Facebook and see if you can find a group near you!

Santa’s Little Helpers

Santa’s Little Helpers is a subreddit that connects families in need with people who can help. Families can post their needs and Santas fulfill those requests by placing Amazon orders. It’s a great community that may be able to help you!

Food Bank

Sometimes local food banks also stock Christmas gifts for families in need. You can always reach out to your local food bank and see if they have anything available (or know of any local agencies that do). Food banks are usually well-connected to other local resources, so this can be a great way to find help for your family!

Library of Things

You can check out toys, drum sets, museum passes and even GoPro cameras at certain libraries! If all else fails, get your kiddo a library card and let them unwrap the gift of endless adventure – for free! Check out this list of everything you can check out from your local library.

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