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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!

We have found FIVE nationwide programs that provide Christmas help to low income families. Because each of these agencies receive many requests for help, it’s always a good idea to make your request as soon as possible.

Our list only includes nationwide programs, because we wanted it to be usable for everyone. Want a more detailed local list? Leave a comment below with your county/state and I’ll see what I can do.

5 Agencies that Provide Christmas Help for Low Income Families!

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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.

United Way

Contact your local United Way chapter! Your local chapter may provide items gathered through food drives, giving trees and other methods. They will help you get the help you need!

Catholic Community Services

Once again, Catholic Community Services is a nationwide organization that offers help through local chapters. Visit the CCS website to search for your local agency. Services vary by location, but the search results will reveal your closest offices and provide you with the contact information you’ll need to find more information.

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!

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I’m always happy to look for local help! Here are some areas I’ve researched for other readers. Don’t see your area listed? Leave me a comment with your city/state or zip code! 🙂

















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