Looking for Christmas Help In New Jersey?

I am currently a single mother of 5. Unexpectedly I found out as I was giving birth on November 2nd that I was having twin boys. i am currently out of work and would love to give my kids a decent Christmas. The other 3 are girls, ages 7, 11, and 13. If anyone knows somewhere that will help in Cumberland County, NJ, please let me know ASAP. Everywhere I tried is closed because of deadlines and Toys for Tots has not been doing my county for the past 2 years.



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November 25, 20200 found this helpful
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You could get in touch with local churches, they often can help or give you a referral. Salvation Army in your area. Ask social media if there are any locations near you for Christmas help. Here are a few in your area - - - There are so many families doing without right now, so the need is heavy. Also it may come down to having a talk with your children . They see and understand more than you think. The demand and need is high for most families, along with housing and food , and lets not forget staying healthy!

November 26, 20200 found this helpful

Call 211---in most communities it is like the 411 and 911 for help..
the person on the phone should have a list of places that can help-also your children's school may have a program to...also get the signed up for Friday backpack program where the kids should be bringing lots of food for the weekend & then she returns the back pack on Monday to have it filled...


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November 26, 20200 found this helpful
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A lot of time the police department and fire departments in your local area have a fund drive to collect toys for children in need. There are also local churches and charities in your area that you can apply for now. it is a good time to start planning on this because there are a lot of people who need help right now. Check with your local churches in your area and see if any of them offer this type of help. All of this depends basically on what is available right now in your area.


With this pandemic going on right now a lot of charities that helped in the past are cutting back on the help right now because they just don't have the funds. Check this out now and do some searching online. Make a few phone calls to some local fire stations and police departments in your area. They are an excellent source of information and can help you out.


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November 26, 20200 found this helpful
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I've been trying to find help for a couple of families and it seems most of the bigger charities are already 'closed' to new families due to many reasons but mostly funds. Many of the funding businesses just do not have the resources they have had in the past and there are so many in need of help it looks like it will be a slim Christmas for many families.


This is how we have found help:
Posted 'need help' ads on local Craigslist, Freecycle,, USA4Sale and any other local news group in our area.
Ad had to be very specific as to why the help was needed, what adults were available in household but could not work (reason), transportation to pick up items available, sizes of clothes, etc.
A lot of help came from all of these sites but many people would not donate food because they felt the food stamp program funds should be sufficient for their families needs (usually true).

I did not travel with them as I do not go anywhere that is not absolutely necessary but I did help find locations that might be able to help with clothes and maybe some gifts.
Salvation Army, many nonprofit thrift stores still give vouchers for clothing and usually one 'gift' item.

I feel sure there are churches in your area that might be able to provide some help and where children are involved most will try to find a way.


You do not have to be a member but the church should be within your area. Of course, they will invite you to their church but that decision is up to you but maybe the children need some kind of social activity and that may be a place to start.

I have found that a typed story about your family and why you need help as well as a picture of the children is always a big help when asking for assistance. Be specific about what you need as far as clothing goes, especially sizes.
Take copies of this information when you visit places:
Fire stations, police branches, churches, thrift stores, anyplace you can think of that might be able to help.
How much help you receive will most likely depend on how much effort you put into finding what you need but it will have to be as quickly as possible.

November 25, 20200 found this helpful

Meant to say unexpectedly found out i was having twins the day i gave birth .


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November 27, 20200 found this helpful

Your local church should be able to help. You could also inform the social worker or guidance counselor in your childs school.

November 11, 20220 found this helpful

I am a 52 year old mother of 2. I stopped working 10 years ago to take full time care of my grandparents. Not thinking about the future. I devoted myself to them and my children. Within the last 9 months I have lost (in order) my nephew, my mother, my grandfather .


Then I lost my grandmother to dementia. I have lived in my grandparents house all my life and the state is trying to take that from me too. I'm in need of everything and especially prayer.


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