Here's Information on getting "HELP for the Holidays"
Hello everyone, I do have to say that anyone still in need for Christmas, its pretty late in the day to ask and most charities already have their list together and are not accepting names. I will give you suggestions that may still be able to help you. I wish everyone luck and God bless.
Anyone with a legitimate need for themselves, children, or the elderly should contact the Marine Corps Toys for Tots (items for kids 0-16 yrs); the Salvation Army; local Lions Clubs often adopt a needy family for the season; the Red Cross will offer help; many police departments adopt a family for the holidays; Social Service agencies, VFW's, and churches offer help. Use the phone book and your computer to look. You can also check Human Services, they may have ideas on where to look in your community.Contact a church, any church, even if you are not a member they will help you or find someone who will help you. If you have a St. Vinnie's many of them have food pantries. If you have children in school contact the school principal and ask for any help they can give; Many of the Lions Clubs have mitten trees, even local libraries sometimes have mitten trees. You will have to do some calling, but once the word gets out about your need you will be surprised at the help you will get from your own community.
Also for free gifts for kids that have parents in jail. Contact "Project Angel Tree" on the web for a local chapter, (a Christian organization started by Chuck Colson of Watergate fame)
Check local goodwills etc... For new and gently used items. Sometimes you even come upon brand new items there. Make homemade soaps, as well as homemade bath salts, etc. Become a member of the local freecycle.com,, you will be surprised what you will find. I resently received from my freecycle a Xbox with 5 games for my two boys, they loved it works great and to them its new. I suggest that you start now doing all this as time is flying by and there are lots of people in need these days.
For families in Ohio only
Posted in Discussing "holiday assistance" 17 minutes ago
- Bill's Bike's Memorial Toy Run - Held at the South Florida Fairgrounds on Suday, December 14th
- Christmas Cards for Charity - Purchase your Christmas cards from a host of non-profit organizations.
- Christmas Seals - Support the American Lung Association by making a gift and sending an E-Christmas Seal!
- Nevada County Food & Toy Run - Held on December 13th in Nevada City, California
- Oakland HOG Toy Run - Held in Oakland, California on December 6th
- Olympia Toy Run - Toy Run held in Olympia, Washington on December 6th.
- Operation Christmas Child - Provides gift-filled shoe boxes to children in desperate situations in over 90 countries across the world.
- Oregon State Employee Toy Drive - Held in the Salem, Oregon area.
- Rogue Valley Toy Run - Toy run held on December 6th in Medford, Oregon
- Santa VP - Christmas charity which provides food and gifts to the poor. Based in Chicago.
- Santa's Children - Dedicated to supporting children and families with special attention to children with serious and terminal illnesses.
- Spark of Love Toy Drive - Sponsored by the Los Angeles Fire Department.
- Sturgis Toy Run - Toy run held in Sturgis, Michigan
- The Family Gving Tree - Bay area (CA) nonprofit organization dedicated to fulfilling the Holiday wishes of kids who would otherwise go without gifts.
- Tijuana Toy Run - Held in Chula Vista, California on December 14th
- Toy Shower - Chicago toy drive organized by Catholic Charities
- My Two Front Teeth - Help sponsor a child this Christmas -- supports dozens of charities, daycares, and preschools across the US.
Another suggestion, post on your local freecycle group, call local churches, salvation army, toy time or toys for tots.
If you have an active case at Children services, They can be a huge help too.