Hello. My name is Markita. I live in South Central KY. I am a single mother of a 5 year old little girl. I am struggling financially due to being off work because of the COVID-19 Pandemic. I am still trying to get my unemployment but I have not been successful on reaching them.
I'm sorry you are having these problems and it is sometimes difficult for small children to understand why this Christmas should be any different than in the past.
You are starting at a good time when asking for help as many people wait until everything is spoken for.
You do not say what county in South Central, KY but if a help link has the wrong county you can always look for the same assistance in your county.
Here is a page with some advice for finding help in Kentucky. Some of the answers were posted years ago so it is possible that some are no longer in operation.
I would also contact your local city, county and state websites to see if they have any advice too. Do it very soon as the funds often run out well before Christmas.
Here is one more article that might have some good advice too.
A lot of community centers, fire stations, police departments, churches, Salvation Army, and places like this offer Christmas help to needy families. I would start off searching for some of these in your local town and put in your application early for Christmas help. it is good you are starting off now because the lists for these organizations do fill up rather quickly and I am not sure what will happen this year at all.
Hopefully some of these will help also. Take a few days and just start calling and asking.
Take advantage of everything possible--from help with electric/gas/water bills, rent assistance, food programs, etc. and all of that will help have your holidays be financially a little less of a drain.
Post back with how things go!
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Can my children and I get help with Christmas presents this year?
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By Pat Wilson
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; when I worked at an elementary school the staff always had a fund to buy hats, boots, coats, and mittens for any children that needed them. 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.
FREE CHRISTMAS GIFTS for kids
Sponsored by the US Marines, helps low income familles. They have a warehouse full of unwrapped gifts for kids that you can pick from.
Call either a Marine recruiter, The Salvation army, a food bank, or anywhere you'd get foodstamps & they will direct you to "TOYS FOR TOTS" or another program in your area.
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)
There are many things you can do or make yourself for your children or family members. Cookie platters or gift jars are cheap to make and great to receive. 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. I for one appreciate homemade gifts so much more because thought and time is put into them.
Call 211. Also try the salvation army or toys for tots:)
go to your local food bank if your that low income, they can give you help with foods each money, the money you make later can be used for gifts for your kids. ask your local church to help.
Thank you for the 211 # i never knew about it
The last two yrs i've applied at these places, on pick up day they tell me my girls got picked to receive gifts, they say sorry must of gave them to someone else. But hey did i complain? no. Just try to do the best i can and still it not good enough, but this yr pay your bill, get gas for the car, eat or present. Not sure what to do. give up on faith.
To the Happy hugs fondation.... it keeps directing me to some other site. r u sure that is the exact address we need?
Editor's Note: It looks like it is no longer there. I'll remove the link.
Thanks you guys were a big help!
I have always given coats for kids and given money in the red kettles and now that I really need the help because I lost my job because of being diagnosed with MS and my husband has been laid off for a long time. I called the Salvation Army and they told me that if I didn't live in the county that there was a salvation army there was nothing that they could do for us. When I do get back up on my feet I will never give another thing to them as long as I live. And I will tell everyone my story also. I saved every email that I received from them also.
If you are in need of help this holiday season and are anywhere in the PhiladelphiaPA area or suburbs please go to www.lightalife.net and fill out a story. We are giving away a Christmas meal with presents for the family, a Christmas tree with all the ornaments and lights and a thanksgiving meal. Please I encourage you to go to the site and fill out a story and we will do our best to help you this holiday season! God Bless and Happy Holidays! http://www.lightalife.net
I am a very low income single mom who lost her job due to the swine flu. I just got done paying off past due bills with my new job and then my car breaks down. I had to fix that and that took my rent and utility money for this months bills so now I can't afford a Christmas for my kids. They tell me that they know they have me and that I love them and this is all they need but I would love to put one little present under the tree for them. Do you know of anyone who can help? I live in Pueblo Colorado ladybugvigil AT aol.com
Wow you've really helped. Thank you so much. May God bless you for all your help. We really appreciate it. For those that live in pueblo, co the salvation army is helping with presents for Christmas and the bikers have a food harvest where they go to your house and give you a food basket for thanksgiving with all you need for a complete meal. IDK Salvation Army's number but the bikers number is 2522171.
Yes, I have two children boy 11 girl 14. I lost my job last year; then my car; then my home. We are currently living in a hotel and every penny I get goes to it. Can you please help my children have a Christmas? Thank you, God bless.