Finding Help with Christmas Presents?

October 29, 2020

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 am wondering if there are any resources out there that might be able to help me with getting her things for Christmas. I am not used to any programs due to making too much for her to qualify for any of these programs. Thank you in advance for anyone that responds.


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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.;607



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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.

Good luck!


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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.


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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!
Prayers for solutions!

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December 27, 2004

Can my children and I get help with Christmas presents this year?

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Start Looking for Help Early

Because of tremendous need every year, start calling locally and looking for help as early as possible. Much of the help can be gone by Thanksgiving.

By ThriftyFun

Join a Freecycle Group in Your Area

You might wanna try in your area. And there is always the option of making things out of ordinary everyday items! I wish you all the best and good luck in getting everything back together again!

By Kayla


Please go to http://www.freecycle.orgWe have many people (in our area) giving away lots of Christmas items.I'm sure you could find one in your area too.

By suzanne

Organizations for Help with Christmas Presents

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.

By Donna

Help with Christmas Presents

You can check with your local Church, Salvation Army, Local organizations, and police department. Sometimes these places help out during the holidays. You can check with Human Services also .These people know how you can get some help. May God Bless you All. Remember JESUS is the reason for the season.

By Pat Wilson

Churches and Clubs

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.

By Paula


I was in this situation years ago myself. My son was 4. We focused on giving to others one year, choosing toys and clothes of good quality that we passed along to another struggling family. We strung popcorn for the tree and made paper sack gingerbread men and had a simple dinner for Christmas. Those are memories we still hold very dear and we learned the spirit of Christmas that year.

By DonnaJBrooks

Make the Best of It

Thank you, DJBrooks, for sharing your ideas. I agree that by focusing on others it will take some of the attention from your own situation. I think baking cookies and sharing them with neighbors and friends is a good way to show your children "giving" to others even if you can't afford Christmas yourself. I remember one year that we had no Christmas; Dad was laid-off work and Mom was terribly sick with the flu. We kids got to decorate the house however we wanted! We were never allowed to do that before so we thought it was something special. We didn't have a tree, but we hung up garland that was saved from the previous years and hung ornaments all over that. Dad baked cookies with us and that was extremely special to us because he never had baked cookies with us before! For Christmas dinner, Dad made biscuits, gravy and fried potatoes...breakfast for dinner! We thought it was great. That one Christmas made me realize that it isn't about what you want for Christmas, but what you already have.

By Paula

* * * TOYS FOR TOTS * * *


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)

Salvation Army and Make your own

There are a lot of organizations out there to help people in need, check with Salvation Army they do a Christmas program that gives out food baskets, and a toy program. Get a few new toys and a few gently used ones...Also there are some places that have angel trees where you can have your childs name put on it (salvation army does one too) schools can often help as well as your township supervisor, churches are great to contact and this site also has a lot of inexpensive things you can make or do.

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.

By suzanne

RE: Need Help with Christmas Presents

Help with Christmas Presents

Call 2-1-1 in your state they can refer you to someone that my be assisting with toys for tots or angel tree.


By marie gilbert (Guest Post)
October 15, 20070 found this helpful

Call 211. Also try the salvation army or toys for tots:)


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November 11, 20070 found this helpful

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.

By phyllis (Guest Post)
November 26, 20070 found this helpful

Thank you for the 211 # i never knew about it

By theresa (Guest Post)
December 10, 20070 found this helpful

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.

By Katie (Guest Post)
November 7, 20080 found this helpful

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.

By nicole (Guest Post)
November 20, 20080 found this helpful

Thanks you guys were a big help!

By upset (Guest Post)
November 30, 20080 found this helpful

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.

By Denisha (Guest Post)
December 19, 20080 found this helpful


December 5, 20090 found this helpful

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If you are in need of help this holiday season and are anywhere in the PhiladelphiaPA area or suburbs please go to 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!

December 14, 20090 found this helpful

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

November 5, 20110 found this helpful

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.

November 28, 20120 found this helpful

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.

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