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.
Generally you can Google something like: family needs help with Christmas toys/clothes/food & your zip code. There should be several agencies appear and you'll have to check each one out as they will not all be offering the same things.
If you also need food assistance (even if you're getting food stamps) many sites will have dinners available for Thanksgiving and Christmas (especially the church charities).
Remember; you are fortunate that you have not had to ask for help before but this is your time of need so ask!
Try any/all of these links as some may be 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. I hope you can find the help you need and can get the answers soon so you can apply for the programs they have to offer.
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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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.