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Pennsylvania Christmas Assistance?

My family and I recently moved to Pittsburgh. I am on unemployment and I am the head of my household as my husband and 14 year old daughter both have a disability. I am looking for help to get them a few Christmas gifts as our financial situation does not allow for any extras. Please let me know if there is anywhere in the Pittsburgh area that could assist me.

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By Stacie S. from Pittsburgh, PA

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November 19, 20130 found this helpful

My husband and I were in a similar situation a few years back when we both were laid off at the same time. We did eventually find jobs but I remember being scared to spend any money on anything other than the real basics.

A friend of mine turned me onto Swagbucks at that time. It is one of those online survey websites, but it's not one where you have to provide real personal info. To this day I still do as many surveys as I can because you start getting gift cards as little as $5 for 500 points.

Swagbucks is one of the biggest survey rewards platforms and if you and hubby start now (you both can have an account) you should be able to get some decent gift cards. I generally save my points for bigger gift card amounts but this being so close to Christmas and them taking up to 7 days to deposit the gift cards in your account, you may want to just get as many small ones as you can.

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I gravitate towards Amazon and Best Buy but they also have Walmart, Paypal and many other sponsors. The only drawback I've noticed is that it seems you have to use the gift cards online, but that's why I stick with Amazon because of the free shipping.

So far this year, I've averaged about $30 - $50 a month and it's really helped with diapers and things like that. For Christmas, we won't be spending any of our own money and everyone will get something nice/decent. Good luck with everything and I hope this helps you.

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