Every year Christmas charities help single mothers and low income families make it through the holidays. These Christmas assistance programs give toys, and
They help make a real difference in the lives of disadvantaged families, the elderly and homeless.
The “miracle” of Christmas is repeated over and over again through the joy of caring and sharing. The traditional red kettle is an integral part of the Christmas scene, with millions of dollars donated each year to aid needy families, seniors, and the homeless. Donations and financial assistance provide Christmas dinners, clothing, and toys for families in need, including families of prisoners.
Catholic Charities USA
There are more than 160 Catholic Charities agencies across the country. Each one provides a unique array of social services based on the needs of its community. Find an agency near you below and contact them directly to find help or offer assistance.
To apply for service, either call 1-630-571-5466 and request an application or visit directory.lionsclubs.org to contact your local branch. As with many service organizations, help is provided by local members on the community level. Ideally, you should contact your local Lions Club branch 1-2 months in advance of Christmas to request assistance. Assistance is provided on a first-come-first-serve basis and limited by member donations and available volunteers.
Toys for Tots
One of the most famous Christmas Help programs, Toys for Tots is managed by the Marine Toys For Tots Foundation and has a long history of helping provide presents to Children on Christmas. Requesting a Toy for a needy or underprivileged child is very easy, simply visit www.toysfortots.org/request_toys/Default.aspx to locate a local program and request toys. As with the other programs, it is recommended to apply for assistance at least a few weeks before Christmas. Available toys are limited by what is provided by corporate sponsors and individual donors.