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Help for Low Income

WIC & Farmers Market Emergency Needs and Other OrganizationsEmergency Needs Grant Information and Explanation, Welfare Rights Organizing Coalition

DSHS now has three types of emergency grants available to low-income families. This fact sheet explains what the grants may be used for and how to apply for them. You may be eligible for these programs whether or not you receive assistance already.



Family Support Network, Placentia, CA

They provide items such as cribs, strollers, diapers, high chairs and specialized formulas to families who may have difficulty meeting their needs because of poverty-level income or no income. Families must be referred by a nurse, case manager or social worker.



Emergency Assistance Program, Radford, VA

Some kinds of assistance provided may be: transportation, food, clothing, blankets, bed linens, utility payments, household products, furniture, infant needs, prescriptions, rent, mortgage payments, shelter for homeless people, bus/taxi fare, gasoline, car repair, fees for services, personal hygiene products, assistance with letter writing or completing applications, household items, etc.



The Right Connection, Macomb County, MI

Directory of local services from rape counseling to food assistance.



Three Projects/One Community, Seattle, WA

20 nonprofit partners are coming together to help low-income families and youth address emergency needs, achieve stability and find their unique voice.



Oklahoma Association of Community Agencies

Directory of all sources of community assistance for residents of Oklahoma.



Arlingtonians Meeting Emergency Needs, Arlington County, VA

An Arlington resident facing financial difficulties due to housing expenses, medical needs, or utility bills, contacts a social worker at a qualifying agency. The social worker, after determining the eligibility of the request, contacts one of our daily volunteers who arranges to have a check available to pick up later on the same day.



The Housing and Energy Services Division, Springerville, AZ

Can provides low income assistance for Southern Apache County residents in the communities of Springerville, Eagar, St. Johns, Nutrioso, and Vernon. The Division serves those who are unemployed and under employed, have inadequate education, inefficiently or ineffectively utilize income, maintain inadequate housing, lack the ability to meet emergency needs, or are categorized as starving or malnutritioned.



Community Action Project, Tulsa County, OK

CAP's mission is to help families in economic need achieve self-sufficiency. Our strategic vision is to improve the prospects for the long-term economic success of very young, low-income children, their families and the communities in which they live.



Harris County Housing Resource Center, Houston, TX

Emergency money and other forms of assistance and direction. Resource clearinghouse for many needs.
The Salvation Army is serving more people in the US than ever before. We are already seeing increases in the number of Americans seeking the basic necessities of life - food, shelter, and warmth.
Salvation Army Food and Nutrition Program Helpline (800-481-4989) a statewide service that provides free food stamp eligibility screenings & refer callers to other programs for which they may be eligible.
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Christmas Toy & Food Drives for Needy Families in Sacramento

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Toys For Tots

Toys for Tots
MISSION: The mission of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to needy children in the community in which the campaign is conducted.
GOAL: The primary goal of Toys for Tots is to deliver, through a shiny new toy at Christmas, a message of hope to needy youngsters that will motivate them to grow into responsible, productive, patriotic citizens and community leaders.

OBJECTIVES: The objectives of Toys for Tots are to help needy children throughout the United States experience the joy of Christmas; to play an active role in the development of one of our nation's most valuable natural resources - our children; to unite all members of local communities in a common cause for three months each year during the annual toy collection and distribution campaign; and to contribute to better communities in the future.

ACTIVITIES: The principal Toys for Tots activities which take place each year are the collection and distribution of toys in the communities in which a Marine Corps Reserve Unit is located and in communities without a Reserve Unit that has a Marine Corps League Detachment or group of men and women, generally veteran Marines, authorized by Marine Toys for Tots Foundation to conduct a local Toys for Tots campaign. Local Toys for Tots Campaign Coordinators conduct an array of activities throughout the year, which include golf tournaments, foot races, bicycle races and other purely voluntary events designed to increase interest in Toys for Tots, and concurrently generate toy and monetary donations.

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The Salvation Army

THE SALVATION ARMY
William Booth embarked upon his ministerial career in 1852, desiring to win the lost multitudes of England to Christ. He walked the streets of London to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ to the poor, the homeless, the hungry, and the destitute.
Booth abandoned the conventional concept of a church and a pulpit, instead taking his message to the people. His fervor led to disagreement with church leaders in London, who preferred traditional methods. As a result, he withdrew from the church and traveled throughout England, conducting evangelistic meetings. His wife, Catherine, could accurately be called a cofounder of The Salvation Army.

In 1865, William Booth was invited to hold a series of evangelistic meetings in the East End of London. He set up a tent in a Quaker graveyard, and his services became an instant success. This proved to be the end of his wanderings as an indepedent traveling evangelist. His renown as a religious leader spread thoughout London, and he attracted followers who were dedicated to fight for the souls of men and women.

Thieves, prostitutes, gamblers, and drunkards were among Booth's first converts to Christianity. To congregations who were desprately poor, he preached hope and salvation. His aim was to lead people to Christ and link them to a church for further spiritual guidance.

Many churches, however, did not accept Booth's followers because of their past. So Booth continued giving his new converts spiritual direction, challenging them to save others like themselves. Soon, they too were preaching and singing in the streets as a living testimony to the power of God.

In 1867, Booth had only 10 full-time workers, but by 1874, the number had grown to 1,000 volunteers and 42 evangelists, all serving under the name "The Christian Mission." Booth assumed the title of general superintendent, with his followers calling him "General." Known as the "Hallelujah Army," the converts spread out of the East End of London into neighboring areas and then to other cities.

Booth was reading a printer's proof of the 1878 annual report when he noticed the statement "The Christian Mission is a volunteer army." Crossing out the words "volunteer army," he penned in "Salvation Army." From those words came the basis of the foundation deed of The Salvation Army.

From that point, converts became soldiers of Christ and were known then, as now, as Salvationists. They launched an offensive throughout the British Isles, in some cases facing real battles as organized gangs mocked and attacked them. In spite of violence and persecution, some 250,000 people were converted under the ministry of The Salvation Army between 1881 and 1885.

Meanwhile, the Army was gaining a foothold in the United States. Lieutenant Eliza Shirley had left England to join her parents, who had migrated to America earlier in search for work. In 1879, she held the first meeting of The Salvation Army in America, in Philadelphia. The Salvationists were received enthusiastically. Shirley wrote to General Booth, begging for reinforcements. None were available at first. Glowing reports of the work in Philadelphia, however, eventually convinced Booth, in 1880, to send an official group to pioneer the work in America.

On March 10, 1880, Commissioner George Scott Railton and seven women officers knelt on the dockside at Battery Park in New York City to give thanks for their safe arrival. At their first official street meeting, these pioneers were met with unfriendly actions, as had happened in Great Britain. They were ridiculed, arrested, and attacked. Several officers and soldiers even gave their lives.

Three years later, Railton and other Salvationists had expanded their operation into California, Connecticut, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. President Grover Cleveland received a delegation of Salvation Army officers in 1886 and gave the organization a warm personal endorsement. This was the first recognition from the White House and would be followed by similar receptions from succeeding presidents.

The Salvation Army movement expanded rapidly to Canada, Australia, France, Switzerland, India, South Africa, Iceland, and local neighborhood units. The Salvation Army is active in virtually every corner of the world.

General Booth's death in 1912 was a great loss to The Salvation Army. However, he had laid a firm foundation' even his death could not deter the ministry's onward march. His eldest son, Bramwell Booth, succeeded him.

Whether it be a local incident or a major disaster, Salvation Army staff and volunteers are often the first on the scene and the last to depart, honoring a century-old commitment to serve those in need, at the time of need, and at the place of need.

The red shield continues to be a beacon of compassion; of immediatte aid, psychological support and spiritual counsel to individuals and families whose lives have been disrupted or shattered by forces beyond their control.


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Make A Wish Foundation

The Make-A-Wish Foundation® is the largest and most respected wish-granting organization in the world. It exists for one purpose: to fulfill the special wishes of children under the age of 18 who have life-threatening illnesses. The foundation is a nonprofit, privately funded organization composed of more than 11,000 volunteers in 82 chapters in the United States and its territories. In addition, Make-A-Wish Foundation® International has 13 affiliates in other nations. Volunteers around the world have fulfilled more than 50,000 wishes since the first Make-A-Wish® chapter was founded in 1980.
MAKE-A-WISH GRANTS 50,000TH WISH

PHOENIX, August 19, 1997—What child doesn't’t dream of being a cowboy? A four-year old boy named Aaron will get the chance to make that dream a reality, and at the same time help the Make-A-Wish Foundation® mark an important milestone—its 50,000th wish.

Aaron has sickle cell anemia, a chronic, often painful blood disease which can be life-threatening if not properly managed. When Aaron spends a week as a cowboy on a working Montana ranch next week, he becomes the 50,000th child to have a wish fulfilled through Make-A-Wish, the world’s largest wish-granting organization.

Like many little boys his age, Aaron loves horses and wants to be a cowboy. "I don’t know where he gets it," smiles his mom, Judith. "He’s just always loved horses. He went to a birthday party recently where they had a pony and we could not’t get him to come down!" Thanks to the Greater Bay Area Make-A-Wish Foundation in California, Aaron’s wish is about to come true.

On Wednesday, August 27th, Aaron will leave his hometown of San Francisco to head to his wish location of Dillon, Montana. Aaron’s festive sendoff at the San Francisco airport will include balloons, banners, and even some down-home western music to put him in the mood for his Montana arrival. Once in Dillon, Aaron will spend five adventure-packed days on the Selkirk ranch learning how to be a real cowboy. Selkirk ranch is owned by the Zenchiku Land & Livestock company and is an 88,000-acre working ranch.

On the night of his arrival, Aaron will be the honored guest at a welcoming Bar-B-Que. On Thursday, he will be outfitted in a complete new set of "cowboy clothes," just in time to be introduced to his own ranch horse. He will spend the next few days getting the feel of the saddle, eating cowboy grub around a campfire, attending a county fair, riding in a Labor Day parade--and just enjoying cowboy life under that big Montana sky.

What makes Aaron’s dream even more special is that it marks the 50,000th time the Make-A-Wish foundation of America has helped grant the wish of a child with a serious illness.

"Having Aaron selected as the 50,000th wish child is incredible," says Judith, a single mother currently earning her Master’s Degree in early childhood education. "It makes this experience all the more significant." And since Judith is usually the one who ends up being Aaron’s "horse," she’s even more excited.

Founded in 1980, Make-A-Wish was inspired by the love that friends and relatives had for a 7-year old boy named Chris. Chris was dying of leukemia but dreamed of becoming a police officer for a day. With the help of some Arizona Department of Public Safety officers, Chris’ wish was granted. The officers swore him in as an honorary DPS officer—complete with custom-made uniform, helmet, and the personal badge of the DPS commandant. Then, zipping around on his own, junior-sized police motorcycle, Chris even qualified for his Highway Patrol wings.

Chris died four days after his wish was granted. But his legacy has lived on in the 50,000 wishes that have come since. And it will continue to live on in countless dreams to come. With 82 chapters nationwide, Make-A-Wish is dedicated to its mission of granting wishes to children under 18 who have life-threatening illnesses. A volunteer-based organization, Make-A-Wish granted 6,490 wishes in 1996 alone.

Fifty-thousand wishes. 50,000 dreams come true. "We feel that’s an incredible achievement for an organization that’s only 17-years old," says Herb Paine, President and CEO of Make-A-Wish. "This milestone is one of many important accomplishments propelling us into the 21st century, and paves the way for our 20th anniversary celebration coming up in the year 2000."

In the meantime, a little boy named Aaron will live out a dream not all that different from that of Chris, the first Make-A-Wish child. "It’s a wish born of a desire to be something—or someone—special," says Paine. "The kind of wish that leads us to remember our own childhood dreams. It helps us remember the milestones that have brought us to where we are today not only at Make-A-Wish, but in our own lives."

Make-A-Wish Foundation® of America · 100 W. Clarendon, Suite 2200 · Phoenix, AZ 85013-3518

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America's Promise

America's Promise
If you find yourself inspired by General Colin Powell and you’d like to assist at-risk children, getting involved is simple. You can do it through America’s Promise, which actually works as a clearinghouse/cheerleader for government organizations, schools, and non-profit service groups that are looking for volunteers. America’s Promise routinely matches individuals and corporations with local, beneficent outfits that can use a helping hand.

If, as a small business owner, you would like to do this with the intention of offering assistance on a company wide basis, you can become a Commitment Maker and work with your employees to pony up time or money or merchandise toward fulfilling any or all of the five fundamental resources that Powell (and just about anybody else with a heart) believes that every kid, rich or poor, should have (they include mentoring, safe places and structured activities during non-school hours, a healthy start each day, access to marketable skills, and opportunities to give back to their communities). America’s Promise staff members will work with you to tailor your program so that it does the most good and fits your vision of what Commitment Making ought to be.

Signing up is a five-step process that requires you to do the following: Determine your organization’s areas of expertise and capabilities that can be employed for contributing to one or more of the five resources; define the outcome you expect to achieve; develop a plan for implementing the commitment, including a timetable and an estimate of how many young people you anticipate reaching; put your commitment including all of the above in writing on company letterhead and sign it; complete the Commitment Maker’s form (you can download it from America’s Promise Web site from the link at the bottom of this page or obtain it through the mail by calling 703-684-4500.

To get an idea of the sorts of commitments you might want to make, here are some suggestions directly from America’s Promise: Offer paid time-off for employees to volunteer in mentoring programs; support free meal programs for children in disadvantaged neighborhoods; contribute manpower and funds to the building of after-school centers; through job training, provide solid employment opportunities for children who come from under-served communities. While America’s Promise is built around the philosophy that many small donations of time and money will have a huge cumulative effect, many large corporations are active participants as well.

If you are interested in contributing to America’s Promise on an individual basis, there are opportunities to get directly involved with any of the many good-work organizations that reside under the America’s Promise umbrella.

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Amazing Kids

Amazing Kids
Amazing Kids! is dedicated to inspiring excellence in children. We base this mission on the belief that every child has the potential to be "amazing" in her or his own way. We believe it is through the realization of this potential that children will be able to live more productive and satisfying lives.
Amazing Kids! seeks to improve the lives of children through:

uncovering the potential within each child
providing them with the tools to nurture their unique talents, including access to a mentor.
inspiring them to pursue excellence in their endeavors and to become lifelong achievers
Studies have shown that one of the most effective ways children learn is through the use of cross-age peer tutoring; that is, an older child given the task of teaching a younger child. Why?

When students learn from someone who is "just like them," they are more engaged in their learning. Peer tutoring highlights a "common bond" between tutor and pupil; consequently, children are often more open and receptive to learning. Both children benefit: not only is the younger student more engaged in her learning, the older student experiences a sense of pride and accomplishment in having helped another child learn.

Amazing Kids! uses these findings as the basis for designing its educational programs for children. We strongly believe in the power of peer role models to teach and inspire excellence in children. Unfortunately, our children today do not always have access to positive role models, especially good peer role models. Many of the messages children are hearing today is that it is "cool" to have an "attitude" and to be an underachiever. If children need good peer role models to educate and inspire them (and they do!), where can children today go to find them?

It is the objective of Amazing Kids! to offer children a selection of quality educational programs which present them with a wide range of positive and inspiring role models; someone they can relate to, as well as someone to emulate.

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American Heart Association
The American Heart Association is a national voluntary health agency whose mission is to reduce disability and death from cardiovascular diseases and stroke.

A pioneering group of physicians and social workers formed the first Association for the Prevention and Relief of Heart Disease in New York City in 1915. They were concerned about the lack of heart disease information. At that time, heart disease patients were considered doomed, limited to complete bed rest. So these physicians conducted studies in New York City and Boston to find out whether heart disease patients could safely return to work. Similar groups in Boston, Philadelphia, and Chicago evolved into heart associations in the 1920s.

A small national staff in New York City then began to organize American Heart Association divisions across the country. They launched the first national fund-raising campaign the following year in February 1949, raising $2.7 million.

Since 1949, the American Heart Association has grown rapidly in size, financial resources, involvement with medical and non-medical volunteers, and influence -- both nationally and internationally. The AHA moved the National Center from New York City to Dallas in 1975 to better serve affiliates and local divisions nationwide. The volunteer-led affiliates and their divisions form a national network of local AHA organizations involved in providing research, education, and community programs and in raising money to support the association's work. The network continues to gain strength as it expands at the grass-roots level.

Finally, and most profoundly, AHA volunteers and staff began transforming the organization into an enterprise that could be vibrant and relevant in the 21st century. The change was deeper than anything since 1948, when the AHA transformed itself from a scientific society into a voluntary health agency. The first step was in identifying the organization's strategic driving force in March 1995: Providing credible heart disease and stroke information for effective prevention and treatment.

Agreement on the driving force made it clear that individual Americans, not the AHA's affiliates, were the National Center's primary audience. The new driving force altered the whole organization, which can be seen in the decision to become a single corporation in June 1997. This action reinforced the spirit of cooperation that people brought to the effort.
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Alaska

Project Alaska Christmas Kids (PACK) helps bring the holiday to needy children of the state if the form of books. You can check for government assistance programs to find out what you qualify for and look into the Alaska Food Bank.

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2-1-1 Connects Alabama
I often receive requests for locations where they can inquire about donation information so their families can receive Christmas assistance in the way of gifts for their children, Christmas trees, and clothing because they are unemployed, disabled, or this year are survivors of the devastating tornadoes and other disasters that hit this country. The following links are for Alabama charities and organizations that may be able to help families in need of Christmas donations and other types of assistance.

Christmas Assistance Resources in Alabama
211 Connects Alabama – 68 locations offering services for Family/Community Services – Holiday Assistance – Christmas Programs

Red Cross – Alabama – click on your county

Salvation Army – Alabama – Contact your local Salvation Army to find out how they can help you or you can help them this Christmas – ASAP!

Toys for Tots – Request a Toy for an Alabama child(ren)

United Ways of Alabama

White Christmas program - Applications for help during the holidays are being accepted - BAY MINETTE, Alabama — The North Baldwin White Christmas program will begin taking applications for the elderly who need assistance at Thanksgiving and families with children 12 or younger who need help at Christmas.

Rental Assistance – Alabama Rental Assistance Program and additional charities that donate clothing and more.

Adopt A Family Clearinghouse Form – Interested in donating to help a family have a brighter Christmas this year, fill out the form and you’ll be matched with a family in need.

Christmas Charities Year Round – Christmas Charities Year Round’s current goals are to provide clothing for qualified individuals, to give children toys at Christmas, furnish needy families with household goods and clothes, to recognize the elderly with a Christmas gift and meal, and help local residents in times of crisis.

Fayette County Department of Human Resources - Applications are being accepted for Christmas assistance now through October 31st. No applications will be accepted after the deadline. Posted: 2011-10-11

A Child’s Candy Christmas – 2011 tornado survivor children will receive gift donations.

Marshall County Sheriff’s Department Toy Drive - Families wishing to receive a toy for their children can begin applying Oct. 3 in the sheriff’s office. Enrollment will stay open until Nov. 30 or until all the toys and donations are gone. Toys will be provided for children through the age of 14. The department will verify all requests with other agencies to ensure there is not duplication of help.
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At this time of the year, need becomes more evident than during any other season. Most of us want to help, but we don't really know how. The charities listed below will make your "Holiday Giving" easy and cheerful. Merry Christmas to you all!


Alternative Gifts International

"Gifts Inspiring Change." Alternative Gifts International is a non-profit organization that inspires support for humanitarian and environmental causes. They offer donors the option to designate charitable gifts through carefully selected agencies in the name of their relatives, friends and associates.







Angel Tree

Angel Tree is a ministry that reaches out to the children of inmates and their families with the love of Christ. It seeks to transform the lives of these families and to reconcile them to their Heavenly Father and each other.




Christmas Spirit Foundation

The Christmas Spirit Foundation is committed to keeping the spirit of Christmas alive and growing memories for the next generation of children and families. Your charitable contribution will help needy children and families in the United States during the holiday season and promote environmental stewardship throughout the year.







The Family Giving Tree

The Family Giving Tree exists to provide the exact holiday wish, or a backpack filled with school supplies, to those children in the most need in our communities while striving to inspire the values of kindness, philanthropy and volunteerism.




Holiday Project

The Holiday Project's mission is to enrich the experience of the holidays by arranging visits to people confined to nursing homes, hospitals and other institutions. Each year, more than three million people spend their holidays confined to institutions, 60% never receive visitors. The Holiday Project provides an opportunity to make a difference in people's lives during the holidays.





Make-A-Wish

Since 1980, the Make-A-Wish Foundation has enriched the lives of children with life-threatening medical conditions through its wish-granting work. The Foundation's mission reflects the life-changing impact that a Make-A-Wish experience has on children, families, referral sources, donors, sponsors and entire communities.





My Two Front Teeth

Founded in 1999 and is a nonprofit provider of online services which bring personalization, efficiency and simplicity to the charitable gift-giving efforts of community organizations throughout the country. They enable dozens of charities, daycares, and preschools to accept toy sponsorships online, thereby helping to brighten the holidays for thousands of underprivileged children.





The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army endeavors to bring spiritual light and love to those it serves at Christmas so that the real meaning of the season is not forgotten.





Samaritan's Purse

Operation Christmas Child - Fill a shoe box with toys and gifts and track its progress as it journeys to a child in need of healing and hope.




Santa's Sleigh.org

Sponsored by the Merry Network, funds from all sectors of the community are collected in an effort to help a family in need and to bring Christmas to deserving children.







Christmas Tree Santas
Christmas Tree Santas is an all-volunteer, non-profit with a mission of spreading holiday hope and joy by giving Christmas trees to families in need. We are a recognized 501(c)(3) charity and all donations are tax-deductable.
http://www.christmastreesantas.org/





Toys for Tots

Toys for Tots helps less fortunate children throughout the United States experience the joy of Christmas while playing an active role in the development of one of our nation's most valuable resources - our children.




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Wish Upon a Hero
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Wish Upon A Hero is a website that brings together people to help grant wishes big and small. No wish is too large, no hero is too small.




Operation Christmas Child

Courtesy of Operation Christmas Child
Operation Christmas Child invites you to pack a shoe box with small toys, school supplies, other gifts, and a personal note to introduce a hurting child to God's love. The small gifts of love and messages of hope through Jesus Christ are delivered to needy children overseas.


SAMARITANS PURSE: Operation Christmas Child: This is a unique project of Samaritan's Purse that enables caring people to share God's love with hurting girls and boys in the far corners of the globe. Take an ordinary shoe box, fill it with toys and other presents, and you have an extraordinary gift for a child in need of joy and hope.






The Christmas Angel Tree – Salvation Army

This is a great charitable organization that offers help to low income families and those in need of some holiday assistance. This is a need-based organization that offers gifts to underprivileged kids around the nation. If you meet the guidelines, you can sign up for help and check out local locations of the Salvation Army.





The Angel Tree – Prison Fellowship Program

This group is a little different than most of the others on the list. The Prison Fellowship Program is designed to offer gifts and the word of Christ to children whose parent(s) are incarcerated in prison or jail. It’s a good program that brings a little spirit to kids that sorely miss a parent at the holidays. You'll need to find your local Angel Tree contact to sign up. As a jail guard, I can assure you there are many children that could use this type of program during the holidays.




Family Giving Tree

There is a special Holiday Wish section of this group. While most donations are done in California, they are expanding beyond California. While the organization does provide help all year, the holiday section is specifically designed for holiday wishes. They started out giving out backpacks in 1990, but have expanded their services to include the holiday wish program. You can contact the Family Giving Tree to get help.





Trees for Troops

This is a part of the Christmas SPIRIT Foundation and provides real trees to families with members in the military. Based out of Missouri, the foundation does provide National assistance to those in need. It’s a great organization that helps out during the holiday. Every family deserves a nice tree! This year they are teaming with FedEx to deliver the trees all over the nation. You can contact Christmas SPIRIT for help.




The National Holiday project

The National Holiday Project is an organization that aims to brighten the lives of the needy through local chapters. You can sign up for help with the charity and see what kind of assistance they offer in your area.





Operation Santa Claus

While you will not receive gifts or money from this group, your child can get a letter from Santa for the holidays. This could easily brighten the eyes of any child that may not get much for Christmas.




Childs Play Charity

This is really unique. Most states are represented through various children’s hospitals. Each hospital makes a wish list of electronics “wish list” items for their patients. Children that are very ill and in these hospitals are eligible to receive the items. The site will let you find a location in your state.
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At this time of the year, need becomes more evident than during any other season. Most of us want to help, but we don't really know how. The charities listed below will make your "Holiday Giving" easy and cheerful. Merry Christmas to you all!


Alternative Gifts International

"Gifts Inspiring Change." Alternative Gifts International is a non-profit organization that inspires support for humanitarian and environmental causes. They offer donors the option to designate charitable gifts through carefully selected agencies in the name of their relatives, friends and associates.







Angel Tree

Angel Tree is a ministry that reaches out to the children of inmates and their families with the love of Christ. It seeks to transform the lives of these families and to reconcile them to their Heavenly Father and each other.




Christmas Spirit Foundation

The Christmas Spirit Foundation is committed to keeping the spirit of Christmas alive and growing memories for the next generation of children and families. Your charitable contribution will help needy children and families in the United States during the holiday season and promote environmental stewardship throughout the year.







The Family Giving Tree

The Family Giving Tree exists to provide the exact holiday wish, or a backpack filled with school supplies, to those children in the most need in our communities while striving to inspire the values of kindness, philanthropy and volunteerism.




Holiday Project

The Holiday Project's mission is to enrich the experience of the holidays by arranging visits to people confined to nursing homes, hospitals and other institutions. Each year, more than three million people spend their holidays confined to institutions, 60% never receive visitors. The Holiday Project provides an opportunity to make a difference in people's lives during the holidays.





Make-A-Wish

Since 1980, the Make-A-Wish Foundation has enriched the lives of children with life-threatening medical conditions through its wish-granting work. The Foundation's mission reflects the life-changing impact that a Make-A-Wish experience has on children, families, referral sources, donors, sponsors and entire communities.





My Two Front Teeth

Founded in 1999 and is a nonprofit provider of online services which bring personalization, efficiency and simplicity to the charitable gift-giving efforts of community organizations throughout the country. They enable dozens of charities, daycares, and preschools to accept toy sponsorships online, thereby helping to brighten the holidays for thousands of underprivileged children.





The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army endeavors to bring spiritual light and love to those it serves at Christmas so that the real meaning of the season is not forgotten.





Samaritan's Purse

Operation Christmas Child - Fill a shoe box with toys and gifts and track its progress as it journeys to a child in need of healing and hope.




Santa's Sleigh.org

Sponsored by the Merry Network, funds from all sectors of the community are collected in an effort to help a family in need and to bring Christmas to deserving children.







Christmas Tree Santas
Christmas Tree Santas is an all-volunteer, non-profit with a mission of spreading holiday hope and joy by giving Christmas trees to families in need. We are a recognized 501(c)(3) charity and all donations are tax-deductable.
http://www.christmastreesantas.org/





Toys for Tots

Toys for Tots helps less fortunate children throughout the United States experience the joy of Christmas while playing an active role in the development of one of our nation's most valuable resources - our children.




wishuponahero.org
The Wish Upon A Hero Foundation is proud of the way it manages and safeguards the generous contributions it receives from individual donors, corporations and other ...

www.wishuponahero.org


Wish Upon a Hero
www.wishuponahero.com
Wish Upon A Hero is a website that brings together people to help grant wishes big and small. No wish is too large, no hero is too small.




Operation Christmas Child

Courtesy of Operation Christmas Child
Operation Christmas Child invites you to pack a shoe box with small toys, school supplies, other gifts, and a personal note to introduce a hurting child to God's love. The small gifts of love and messages of hope through Jesus Christ are delivered to needy children overseas.


SAMARITANS PURSE: Operation Christmas Child: This is a unique project of Samaritan's Purse that enables caring people to share God's love with hurting girls and boys in the far corners of the globe. Take an ordinary shoe box, fill it with toys and other presents, and you have an extraordinary gift for a child in need of joy and hope.






The Christmas Angel Tree – Salvation Army

This is a great charitable organization that offers help to low income families and those in need of some holiday assistance. This is a need-based organization that offers gifts to underprivileged kids around the nation. If you meet the guidelines, you can sign up for help and check out local locations of the Salvation Army.





The Angel Tree – Prison Fellowship Program

This group is a little different than most of the others on the list. The Prison Fellowship Program is designed to offer gifts and the word of Christ to children whose parent(s) are incarcerated in prison or jail. It’s a good program that brings a little spirit to kids that sorely miss a parent at the holidays. You'll need to find your local Angel Tree contact to sign up. As a jail guard, I can assure you there are many children that could use this type of program during the holidays.




Family Giving Tree

There is a special Holiday Wish section of this group. While most donations are done in California, they are expanding beyond California. While the organization does provide help all year, the holiday section is specifically designed for holiday wishes. They started out giving out backpacks in 1990, but have expanded their services to include the holiday wish program. You can contact the Family Giving Tree to get help.





Trees for Troops

This is a part of the Christmas SPIRIT Foundation and provides real trees to families with members in the military. Based out of Missouri, the foundation does provide National assistance to those in need. It’s a great organization that helps out during the holiday. Every family deserves a nice tree! This year they are teaming with FedEx to deliver the trees all over the nation. You can contact Christmas SPIRIT for help.




The National Holiday project

The National Holiday Project is an organization that aims to brighten the lives of the needy through local chapters. You can sign up for help with the charity and see what kind of assistance they offer in your area.





Operation Santa Claus

While you will not receive gifts or money from this group, your child can get a letter from Santa for the holidays. This could easily brighten the eyes of any child that may not get much for Christmas.




Childs Play Charity

This is really unique. Most states are represented through various children’s hospitals. Each hospital makes a wish list of electronics “wish list” items for their patients. Children that are very ill and in these hospitals are eligible to receive the items. The site will let you find a location in your state.
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At this time of the year, need becomes more evident than during any other season. Most of us want to help, but we don't really know how. The charities listed below will make your "Holiday Giving" easy and cheerful. Merry Christmas to you all!


Alternative Gifts International

"Gifts Inspiring Change." Alternative Gifts International is a non-profit organization that inspires support for humanitarian and environmental causes. They offer donors the option to designate charitable gifts through carefully selected agencies in the name of their relatives, friends and associates.







Angel Tree

Angel Tree is a ministry that reaches out to the children of inmates and their families with the love of Christ. It seeks to transform the lives of these families and to reconcile them to their Heavenly Father and each other.




Christmas Spirit Foundation

The Christmas Spirit Foundation is committed to keeping the spirit of Christmas alive and growing memories for the next generation of children and families. Your charitable contribution will help needy children and families in the United States during the holiday season and promote environmental stewardship throughout the year.







The Family Giving Tree

The Family Giving Tree exists to provide the exact holiday wish, or a backpack filled with school supplies, to those children in the most need in our communities while striving to inspire the values of kindness, philanthropy and volunteerism.




Holiday Project

The Holiday Project's mission is to enrich the experience of the holidays by arranging visits to people confined to nursing homes, hospitals and other institutions. Each year, more than three million people spend their holidays confined to institutions, 60% never receive visitors. The Holiday Project provides an opportunity to make a difference in people's lives during the holidays.





Make-A-Wish

Since 1980, the Make-A-Wish Foundation has enriched the lives of children with life-threatening medical conditions through its wish-granting work. The Foundation's mission reflects the life-changing impact that a Make-A-Wish experience has on children, families, referral sources, donors, sponsors and entire communities.





My Two Front Teeth

Founded in 1999 and is a nonprofit provider of online services which bring personalization, efficiency and simplicity to the charitable gift-giving efforts of community organizations throughout the country. They enable dozens of charities, daycares, and preschools to accept toy sponsorships online, thereby helping to brighten the holidays for thousands of underprivileged children.





The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army endeavors to bring spiritual light and love to those it serves at Christmas so that the real meaning of the season is not forgotten.





Samaritan's Purse

Operation Christmas Child - Fill a shoe box with toys and gifts and track its progress as it journeys to a child in need of healing and hope.




Santa's Sleigh.org

Sponsored by the Merry Network, funds from all sectors of the community are collected in an effort to help a family in need and to bring Christmas to deserving children.







Christmas Tree Santas
Christmas Tree Santas is an all-volunteer, non-profit with a mission of spreading holiday hope and joy by giving Christmas trees to families in need. We are a recognized 501(c)(3) charity and all donations are tax-deductable.
http://www.christmastreesantas.org/





Toys for Tots

Toys for Tots helps less fortunate children throughout the United States experience the joy of Christmas while playing an active role in the development of one of our nation's most valuable resources - our children.




wishuponahero.org
The Wish Upon A Hero Foundation is proud of the way it manages and safeguards the generous contributions it receives from individual donors, corporations and other ...

www.wishuponahero.org


Wish Upon a Hero
www.wishuponahero.com
Wish Upon A Hero is a website that brings together people to help grant wishes big and small. No wish is too large, no hero is too small.




Operation Christmas Child

Courtesy of Operation Christmas Child
Operation Christmas Child invites you to pack a shoe box with small toys, school supplies, other gifts, and a personal note to introduce a hurting child to God's love. The small gifts of love and messages of hope through Jesus Christ are delivered to needy children overseas.


SAMARITANS PURSE: Operation Christmas Child: This is a unique project of Samaritan's Purse that enables caring people to share God's love with hurting girls and boys in the far corners of the globe. Take an ordinary shoe box, fill it with toys and other presents, and you have an extraordinary gift for a child in need of joy and hope.






The Christmas Angel Tree – Salvation Army

This is a great charitable organization that offers help to low income families and those in need of some holiday assistance. This is a need-based organization that offers gifts to underprivileged kids around the nation. If you meet the guidelines, you can sign up for help and check out local locations of the Salvation Army.





The Angel Tree – Prison Fellowship Program

This group is a little different than most of the others on the list. The Prison Fellowship Program is designed to offer gifts and the word of Christ to children whose parent(s) are incarcerated in prison or jail. It’s a good program that brings a little spirit to kids that sorely miss a parent at the holidays. You'll need to find your local Angel Tree contact to sign up. As a jail guard, I can assure you there are many children that could use this type of program during the holidays.




Family Giving Tree

There is a special Holiday Wish section of this group. While most donations are done in California, they are expanding beyond California. While the organization does provide help all year, the holiday section is specifically designed for holiday wishes. They started out giving out backpacks in 1990, but have expanded their services to include the holiday wish program. You can contact the Family Giving Tree to get help.





Trees for Troops

This is a part of the Christmas SPIRIT Foundation and provides real trees to families with members in the military. Based out of Missouri, the foundation does provide National assistance to those in need. It’s a great organization that helps out during the holiday. Every family deserves a nice tree! This year they are teaming with FedEx to deliver the trees all over the nation. You can contact Christmas SPIRIT for help.




The National Holiday project

The National Holiday Project is an organization that aims to brighten the lives of the needy through local chapters. You can sign up for help with the charity and see what kind of assistance they offer in your area.





Operation Santa Claus

While you will not receive gifts or money from this group, your child can get a letter from Santa for the holidays. This could easily brighten the eyes of any child that may not get much for Christmas.




Childs Play Charity

This is really unique. Most states are represented through various children’s hospitals. Each hospital makes a wish list of electronics “wish list” items for their patients. Children that are very ill and in these hospitals are eligible to receive the items. The site will let you find a location in your state.
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At this time of the year, need becomes more evident than during any other season. Most of us want to help, but we don't really know how. The charities listed below will make your "Holiday Giving" easy and cheerful. Merry Christmas to you all!


Alternative Gifts International

"Gifts Inspiring Change." Alternative Gifts International is a non-profit organization that inspires support for humanitarian and environmental causes. They offer donors the option to designate charitable gifts through carefully selected agencies in the name of their relatives, friends and associates.







Angel Tree

Angel Tree is a ministry that reaches out to the children of inmates and their families with the love of Christ. It seeks to transform the lives of these families and to reconcile them to their Heavenly Father and each other.




Christmas Spirit Foundation

The Christmas Spirit Foundation is committed to keeping the spirit of Christmas alive and growing memories for the next generation of children and families. Your charitable contribution will help needy children and families in the United States during the holiday season and promote environmental stewardship throughout the year.







The Family Giving Tree

The Family Giving Tree exists to provide the exact holiday wish, or a backpack filled with school supplies, to those children in the most need in our communities while striving to inspire the values of kindness, philanthropy and volunteerism.




Holiday Project

The Holiday Project's mission is to enrich the experience of the holidays by arranging visits to people confined to nursing homes, hospitals and other institutions. Each year, more than three million people spend their holidays confined to institutions, 60% never receive visitors. The Holiday Project provides an opportunity to make a difference in people's lives during the holidays.





Make-A-Wish

Since 1980, the Make-A-Wish Foundation has enriched the lives of children with life-threatening medical conditions through its wish-granting work. The Foundation's mission reflects the life-changing impact that a Make-A-Wish experience has on children, families, referral sources, donors, sponsors and entire communities.





My Two Front Teeth

Founded in 1999 and is a nonprofit provider of online services which bring personalization, efficiency and simplicity to the charitable gift-giving efforts of community organizations throughout the country. They enable dozens of charities, daycares, and preschools to accept toy sponsorships online, thereby helping to brighten the holidays for thousands of underprivileged children.





The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army endeavors to bring spiritual light and love to those it serves at Christmas so that the real meaning of the season is not forgotten.





Samaritan's Purse

Operation Christmas Child - Fill a shoe box with toys and gifts and track its progress as it journeys to a child in need of healing and hope.




Santa's Sleigh.org

Sponsored by the Merry Network, funds from all sectors of the community are collected in an effort to help a family in need and to bring Christmas to deserving children.







Christmas Tree Santas
Christmas Tree Santas is an all-volunteer, non-profit with a mission of spreading holiday hope and joy by giving Christmas trees to families in need. We are a recognized 501(c)(3) charity and all donations are tax-deductable.
http://www.christmastreesantas.org/





Toys for Tots

Toys for Tots helps less fortunate children throughout the United States experience the joy of Christmas while playing an active role in the development of one of our nation's most valuable resources - our children.




wishuponahero.org
The Wish Upon A Hero Foundation is proud of the way it manages and safeguards the generous contributions it receives from individual donors, corporations and other ...

www.wishuponahero.org


Wish Upon a Hero
www.wishuponahero.com
Wish Upon A Hero is a website that brings together people to help grant wishes big and small. No wish is too large, no hero is too small.




Operation Christmas Child

Courtesy of Operation Christmas Child
Operation Christmas Child invites you to pack a shoe box with small toys, school supplies, other gifts, and a personal note to introduce a hurting child to God's love. The small gifts of love and messages of hope through Jesus Christ are delivered to needy children overseas.


SAMARITANS PURSE: Operation Christmas Child: This is a unique project of Samaritan's Purse that enables caring people to share God's love with hurting girls and boys in the far corners of the globe. Take an ordinary shoe box, fill it with toys and other presents, and you have an extraordinary gift for a child in need of joy and hope.






The Christmas Angel Tree – Salvation Army

This is a great charitable organization that offers help to low income families and those in need of some holiday assistance. This is a need-based organization that offers gifts to underprivileged kids around the nation. If you meet the guidelines, you can sign up for help and check out local locations of the Salvation Army.





The Angel Tree – Prison Fellowship Program

This group is a little different than most of the others on the list. The Prison Fellowship Program is designed to offer gifts and the word of Christ to children whose parent(s) are incarcerated in prison or jail. It’s a good program that brings a little spirit to kids that sorely miss a parent at the holidays. You'll need to find your local Angel Tree contact to sign up. As a jail guard, I can assure you there are many children that could use this type of program during the holidays.




Family Giving Tree

There is a special Holiday Wish section of this group. While most donations are done in California, they are expanding beyond California. While the organization does provide help all year, the holiday section is specifically designed for holiday wishes. They started out giving out backpacks in 1990, but have expanded their services to include the holiday wish program. You can contact the Family Giving Tree to get help.





Trees for Troops

This is a part of the Christmas SPIRIT Foundation and provides real trees to families with members in the military. Based out of Missouri, the foundation does provide National assistance to those in need. It’s a great organization that helps out during the holiday. Every family deserves a nice tree! This year they are teaming with FedEx to deliver the trees all over the nation. You can contact Christmas SPIRIT for help.




The National Holiday project

The National Holiday Project is an organization that aims to brighten the lives of the needy through local chapters. You can sign up for help with the charity and see what kind of assistance they offer in your area.





Operation Santa Claus

While you will not receive gifts or money from this group, your child can get a letter from Santa for the holidays. This could easily brighten the eyes of any child that may not get much for Christmas.




Childs Play Charity

This is really unique. Most states are represented through various children’s hospitals. Each hospital makes a wish list of electronics “wish list” items for their patients. Children that are very ill and in these hospitals are eligible to receive the items. The site will let you find a location in your state.
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At this time of the year, need becomes more evident than during any other season. Most of us want to help, but we don't really know how. The charities listed below will make your "Holiday Giving" easy and cheerful. Merry Christmas to you all!


Alternative Gifts International

"Gifts Inspiring Change." Alternative Gifts International is a non-profit organization that inspires support for humanitarian and environmental causes. They offer donors the option to designate charitable gifts through carefully selected agencies in the name of their relatives, friends and associates.







Angel Tree

Angel Tree is a ministry that reaches out to the children of inmates and their families with the love of Christ. It seeks to transform the lives of these families and to reconcile them to their Heavenly Father and each other.




Christmas Spirit Foundation

The Christmas Spirit Foundation is committed to keeping the spirit of Christmas alive and growing memories for the next generation of children and families. Your charitable contribution will help needy children and families in the United States during the holiday season and promote environmental stewardship throughout the year.







The Family Giving Tree

The Family Giving Tree exists to provide the exact holiday wish, or a backpack filled with school supplies, to those children in the most need in our communities while striving to inspire the values of kindness, philanthropy and volunteerism.




Holiday Project

The Holiday Project's mission is to enrich the experience of the holidays by arranging visits to people confined to nursing homes, hospitals and other institutions. Each year, more than three million people spend their holidays confined to institutions, 60% never receive visitors. The Holiday Project provides an opportunity to make a difference in people's lives during the holidays.





Make-A-Wish

Since 1980, the Make-A-Wish Foundation has enriched the lives of children with life-threatening medical conditions through its wish-granting work. The Foundation's mission reflects the life-changing impact that a Make-A-Wish experience has on children, families, referral sources, donors, sponsors and entire communities.





My Two Front Teeth

Founded in 1999 and is a nonprofit provider of online services which bring personalization, efficiency and simplicity to the charitable gift-giving efforts of community organizations throughout the country. They enable dozens of charities, daycares, and preschools to accept toy sponsorships online, thereby helping to brighten the holidays for thousands of underprivileged children.





The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army endeavors to bring spiritual light and love to those it serves at Christmas so that the real meaning of the season is not forgotten.





Samaritan's Purse

Operation Christmas Child - Fill a shoe box with toys and gifts and track its progress as it journeys to a child in need of healing and hope.




Santa's Sleigh.org

Sponsored by the Merry Network, funds from all sectors of the community are collected in an effort to help a family in need and to bring Christmas to deserving children.







Christmas Tree Santas
Christmas Tree Santas is an all-volunteer, non-profit with a mission of spreading holiday hope and joy by giving Christmas trees to families in need. We are a recognized 501(c)(3) charity and all donations are tax-deductable.
http://www.christmastreesantas.org/





Toys for Tots

Toys for Tots helps less fortunate children throughout the United States experience the joy of Christmas while playing an active role in the development of one of our nation's most valuable resources - our children.




wishuponahero.org
The Wish Upon A Hero Foundation is proud of the way it manages and safeguards the generous contributions it receives from individual donors, corporations and other ...

www.wishuponahero.org


Wish Upon a Hero
www.wishuponahero.com
Wish Upon A Hero is a website that brings together people to help grant wishes big and small. No wish is too large, no hero is too small.




Operation Christmas Child

Courtesy of Operation Christmas Child
Operation Christmas Child invites you to pack a shoe box with small toys, school supplies, other gifts, and a personal note to introduce a hurting child to God's love. The small gifts of love and messages of hope through Jesus Christ are delivered to needy children overseas.


SAMARITANS PURSE: Operation Christmas Child: This is a unique project of Samaritan's Purse that enables caring people to share God's love with hurting girls and boys in the far corners of the globe. Take an ordinary shoe box, fill it with toys and other presents, and you have an extraordinary gift for a child in need of joy and hope.






The Christmas Angel Tree – Salvation Army

This is a great charitable organization that offers help to low income families and those in need of some holiday assistance. This is a need-based organization that offers gifts to underprivileged kids around the nation. If you meet the guidelines, you can sign up for help and check out local locations of the Salvation Army.





The Angel Tree – Prison Fellowship Program

This group is a little different than most of the others on the list. The Prison Fellowship Program is designed to offer gifts and the word of Christ to children whose parent(s) are incarcerated in prison or jail. It’s a good program that brings a little spirit to kids that sorely miss a parent at the holidays. You'll need to find your local Angel Tree contact to sign up. As a jail guard, I can assure you there are many children that could use this type of program during the holidays.




Family Giving Tree

There is a special Holiday Wish section of this group. While most donations are done in California, they are expanding beyond California. While the organization does provide help all year, the holiday section is specifically designed for holiday wishes. They started out giving out backpacks in 1990, but have expanded their services to include the holiday wish program. You can contact the Family Giving Tree to get help.





Trees for Troops

This is a part of the Christmas SPIRIT Foundation and provides real trees to families with members in the military. Based out of Missouri, the foundation does provide National assistance to those in need. It’s a great organization that helps out during the holiday. Every family deserves a nice tree! This year they are teaming with FedEx to deliver the trees all over the nation. You can contact Christmas SPIRIT for help.




The National Holiday project

The National Holiday Project is an organization that aims to brighten the lives of the needy through local chapters. You can sign up for help with the charity and see what kind of assistance they offer in your area.





Operation Santa Claus

While you will not receive gifts or money from this group, your child can get a letter from Santa for the holidays. This could easily brighten the eyes of any child that may not get much for Christmas.




Childs Play Charity

This is really unique. Most states are represented through various children’s hospitals. Each hospital makes a wish list of electronics “wish list” items for their patients. Children that are very ill and in these hospitals are eligible to receive the items. The site will let you find a location in your state.
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Christmas Charities
At Christmas, need becomes more evident than during any other season. Most of us want to help, but we don't really know how. These charities will make your "Holiday Giving" easy and cheerful.

Alternative Gifts International
"Gifts Inspiring Change." Alternative Gifts International is a non-profit organization that inspires support for humanitarian and environmental causes. They offer donors the option to designate charitable gifts through carefully selected agencies in the name of their relatives, friends and associates.
http://www.altgifts.org
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Angel Tree
Angel Tree is a ministry that reaches out to the children of inmates and their families with the love of Christ. It seeks to transform the lives of these families and to reconcile them to their Heavenly Father and each other.
http://www.angeltree.org
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Christmas Spirit Foundation
The Christmas Spirit Foundation is committed to keeping the spirit of Christmas alive and growing memories for the next generation of children and families. Your charitable contribution will help needy children and families in the United States during the holiday season and promote environmental stewardship throughout the year.
http://www.christmasspiritfoundation.org
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Holiday Project
The Holiday Project's mission is to enrich the experience of the holidays by arranging visits to people confined to nursing homes, hospitals and other institutions. Each year, more than three million people spend their holidays confined to institutions, 60% never receive visitors. The Holiday Project provides an opportunity to make a difference in people's lives during the holidays.
http://www.holiday-project.org
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Make-A-Wish
Since 1980, the Make-A-Wish Foundation has enriched the lives of children with life-threatening medical conditions through its wish-granting work. The Foundation's mission reflects the life-changing impact that a Make-A-Wish experience has on children, families, referral sources, donors, sponsors and entire communities.
http://www.wish.org
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My Two Front Teeth
Founded in 1999 and is a nonprofit provider of online services which bring personalization, efficiency and simplicity to the charitable gift-giving efforts of community organizations throughout the country. They enable dozens of charities, daycares, and preschools to accept toy sponsorships online, thereby helping to brighten the holidays for thousands of underprivileged children.
http://www.mytwofrontteeth.org
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Samaritan's Purse
Operation Christmas Child - Fill a shoe box with toys and gifts and track its progress as it journeys to a child in need of healing and hope.
http://www.samaritanspurse.org
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Santa's Sleigh
It's our little way of giving back. Sponsored by the Merry Network, funds from all sectors of the community are collected in an effort to help a family in need and to bring Christmas to deserving children.
http://www.santassleigh.org
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The Family Giving Tree
The Family Giving Tree exists to provide the exact holiday wish, or a backpack filled with school supplies, to those children in the most need in our communities while striving to inspire the values of kindness, philanthropy and volunteerism.
http://www.familygivingtree.org
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The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army endeavors to bring spiritual light and love to those it serves at Christmas so that the real meaning of the season is not forgotten.
http://www.salvationarmy.org/ihq/www_sa.nsf
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Toys for Tots
Toys for Tots helps less fortunate children throughout the United States experience the joy of Christmas while playing an active role in the development of one of our nation’s most valuable resources – our children.

http://www.toysfortots.org
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Charities and organizations that can help with paying bills.

These national organizations and charities can provide you with various forms of help, including assistance with:

•Free consultations for credit card debt reduction.
•Health care expenses, free medical care, and disease prevention.
•Rent, housing, and eviction prevention.
•Mortgages and foreclosure help.
•Car repairs as well as access to new new and used cars donated by charities.
•Help for paying utility and heating bills.
•Find organizations and charities that provide free food and cheap groceries.
Organizations can also provide job training and employment opportunities. There are also charities and groups that provide multiple types of assistance. If you need help with your car, find ways to get a free car or free gasoline. Over 900 law offices across the country also offer free legal advice to income qualified individuals.




In addition, charities and non-profit organizations can also help by directing you to other aid and assistance programs that can be available as resources.

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Community Action Organizations - Local public or non-profit organization that provide numerous types of help and assistance, including help with utility bills, job training, and other services. More.

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•American Red Cross - Local branches of the American Red Cross provide Americans with help paying electric and heating bills. The Red Cross will also provide other forms of assistance, such as aid to military families, health and safety classes, disaster assistance, and other community services. The services provided by the Red Cross depend on the individual consumer need, and the Red Cross must also always keep extra funds in reserve available for emergencies. The Red Cross receives most of the money it has available to pay out from the United Way.

•Gradient Gives Back Community Outreach Program - This program provides families with direct financial assistance, including rent and mortgage payments. They also offer counseling, help with tax returns, budgeting skills, and more. Read more on Gradient.

•Operation Homefront - The non-profit charity organization Operation Homefront provides emergency financial assistance, grants, counseling, and other aid for military personnel. It helps those who are currently in the service, as well as ex- military. In addition they can also assist families of service members as well as wounded soldiers. Continue.

•Operation Round Up - Operation Round Up is an assistance program that is offered by utility and gas companies in many states. This organization, and the aid they will give provides energy assistance funds to families and individuals in need of help. In addition, the program will offer additional aid, such as help for paying medical bills, rent or housing costs, and more. Select your state to learn if Operation Round Up is available.

•United Way - Numerous utility companies across the country offer support and assistance to Americans to help them pay their electric bills. The utility companies will sometimes out source the administration of the program to the United Way. Please contact you local United Way office to see if they are aware of any assistance or support provided by your utility provider. A search box is at the bottom of this page.

•Salvation Family Emergency Services - You can also contact The Salvation Army for additional help paying heating, utility and electric bills. The Salvation Army Family Emergency Services unit helps support basic human needs. The Salvation Army will provide a safety net to anyone who has nowhere else to turn, and if those people need help paying bills. Some of the services provided by the Salvation Army include clothing, food, electric bill help and counseling. The Salvation Army also has many case workers that are part of the Family Emergency Services, and these case workers will help prevent homelessness through crisis intervention. You need to contact your local Salvation Army Chapter for more information on charity assistance and other services they offer. Click here to find many locations, or use the search box that is at the bottom of this page.

•Ways to Work Foundation - This organization helps families and individuals who can't secure loan funding or cash grants at traditional lending institutions. Funds provided can be used to pay for items such as unexpected bills, fix transportation issues and purchase prescription drugs. Continue.
Charity Health Care
•American Veterans Relief Foundation - Aid military veterans and their family members when they are burdened with mounting medical bills and debts. 800-215-6782

•CancerCare Co-Payment Assistance Foundation - This non-profit organization provides financial assistance and cash grants to people who need assistance with paying hospital and medical bills that result from a cancer diagnosis. Read more on help with cancer bills.

•CaringBridge - This charity provides information and free websites that connect family, patients and friends to all them to share information, support, and love during a serious health event or medical condition, get information on treatment and recovery. www.caringbridge.org

•Catholic Charities - They will offer medical bill assistance to those in need of help with health care bills throughout the United States. This charitable organization works closely with the Providence Healthcare Network to provide assistance and services.

•Children’s Health Fund (CHF) - This charity is committed to providing free health care to America’s most medically under served children as well as their families. It will provide medical care, help with medical costs, and essential services to children and families in need of aid, regardless of their ability to pay. (212) 535-9400

•Dental Care - Assistance is coordinated by a national non-profit organization, and free dental programs are provided by thousands of dentists as part of the Dental Lifeline Network and other charities. Read more on free dental care.

•Eyeglasses and exams - Find a listing of several non-profits and charities that provide either free or low cost eye exams and prescription glasses. More on free glasses and exams.

•Free Prescription Medications - There are several programs that offer discounted and free prescription medications. They include Dispensary of Hope, Together RX Access, NeedyMeds, and Patient Advocate Foundation. Click here to learn more.

•Free Diapers For Kids - The Diaper Bank (TDB) is a recently formed charity that provides and distributes free diapers to lower income families through existing service providers, including daycare centers, soup kitchens, food pantries, social service agencies, shelters and more. They provide free diapers through its extensive Diaper Distribution Network (DDN) of dozens of agencies and charities. 203-934-7009

Additional non-profits and charities across the nation provide free diapers to low income families. Find an agency in your area that distribute free diapers.

•Free Medical Camps - This charity organization doesn't assist with paying past medical bills, but the organization does provide new and continuing health care for those who meet the income guidelines of this program.

•HealthWell Foundation - This is a charitable assistance organization that helps people pay for prescription medications. This group provides financial assistance and grants to help patients to pay for various out-of-pocket health care expenses including health insurance premiums, prescription drugs, and a wide variety of other costs. More.
•Life Beyond Cancer - This non-profit foundation will help cancer patients with paying for their everyday living expenses. Grants and financial assistance is available for expenses including mortgage, monthly rent payments, food, car payments, and utility bills for cancer patients who are in active treatment. Click here to learn more.

•Medi-Corp Health System - This group provides and assists with charity care, payment scheduling and they can also negotiate and provide medical bill discounts for those in need of assistance with paying medical bills. If you plan on receiving care from this charitable program, you need to get approval in advance of your medical treatment. In addition, Medi-Corp also offers a discount program that enables lower bills for the both the underinsured and uninsured. Medical bill discounts are provided on a sliding scale, and those discounts will typically cover between 20 to 60 percent of the health care costs.

•Mission of Mercy, Inc. - Offers free healthcare, including prescription medications, dental care, x-rays and lab tests, to both the uninsured and under insured using volunteer healthcare professionals that operate from a mobile medical clinic. (717) 642-9062

•Modest Needs - A charitable organization that helps with securing a variety of medical bill assistance. Grant and funds provided can be used to aid qualifying individuals include self-sufficiency grants, independent living grants, back to work funding and more.

•Patient Access Network - This non-profit organizations may be able to help the uninsured pay for medical and hospital bills. They have provided tens of millions of dollars in financial assistance over the years. Read more.

•Patient Advocate Foundation - This is a national non-profit charity organization that seeks to help safeguard and protect patients through effective mediation and assuring access to health care, help with medical bills and debts, preservation of patient financial stability, and maintenance of employment in regards to their diagnosis of debilitating or life threatening diseases. More on the Patient Advocate Foundation.

•Patient Services Inc. - May be able to provide help for paying medical bills, insurance premiums, and other financial aid for the chronically ill, low income and uninsured patients. Click here for more information.

•Shepherd's Hope, Inc. - Free medical care is provided for lower income, uninsured families using
an all-volunteer healthcare staff and services. (407) 876-6699

•Smiles Across America, Inc. - This organization provides preventive dental care to uninsured and lower income children in school-based settings. Some of the dental services provided include cleaning, education, sealants and fluoride treatments. (312) 836-9900

•UnitedHealthcare Children's Foundation - The UHCCF organization provides medical cash grants of up to $5,000 to children's families to help families in need pay for non-covered medical services, bills and expenses from their commercial health benefit plan. (952) 992-4459

•Find additional ways to save on medical bills and get help with medical debt, including free health care from hospitals, assistance from drug companies, medical billing advocates, and many others.

•Top Rated Charities to Help With Medical Expenses and Bills
Below are the top rated charities that may be able to help with paying for specific medical conditions and expenses. Obviously contact the charity that may apply to your condition. For example, if you have arthritis needs, contact the “Arthritis Foundation”.
◦American Brain Tumor Association
◦American Kidney Fund
◦American Liver Foundation
◦American Lung Association
◦American Parkinson Disease Association
◦Arthritis Foundation
◦Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America
◦Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
◦Diabetes Research Institute Foundation
◦Epilepsy Foundation & Research Foundation
◦First Candle/SIDS Alliance
◦Huntington's Disease Society of America
◦Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International
◦Lupus Foundation of America
◦Lupus Research Institute
◦Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research
◦Muscular Dystrophy Association
◦National Hemophilia Foundation N.O.
◦National Jewish Health
◦National Kidney Foundation
◦National Organization for Rare Disorders
◦Parkinson's Disease Foundation

•Dozens of non-profits and charity organizations across the nation can provide financial assistance for medical bills, insurance payments, prescription medications, and other forms of aid. Find a listing of how to get financial help with medical bills from non-profit organizations.


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•Free credit counseling - Several non-profit agencies can help individuals with a number of financial assistance programs. Non-profit credit counselors can help individuals get out of debt, repair credit scores, provide bankruptcy advice, and even free foreclosure counseling. More on credit counseling agencies.
Energy Bills
•Citizens Energy Oil Heat Program - Free and/or discounted oil
Citizens Energy works with CITGO. This program, in cooperation with thousands of local fuel assistance agencies and heating oil dealers in 17 states, provides delivery of free home heating oil to those who need help across the Northeast and other cold weather states. This year, the Oil Heat program will provide qualified families a one-time delivery of 100 gallons of free home heating oil. State that are eligible for aid include AK, CT, DC, DE, IN, MA, MD, ME, MI, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI, VA, VT, WI.


Mortgage
•The organization LoanHelpSite has helped over 100,000 families who are behind on their mortgage. It is free to request info, and you have no obligation. You will be put in touch with loan servicers who can assist you. Register to request free mortgage modification proposals.
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•Free Home Repairs - In addition to receiving mortgage assistance from Loan Modifications Pros per above, there are also numerous programs offered by charities and other non-profit agencies that will either provide direct cash grants or very low interest loans that will pay for home repairs. Click here to learn more on this resources.
Education and Employment
•Angels' Place, Inc. - They have a comprehensive support center that helps lower income, single parents stay in school by offering them FREE childcare, tutoring, career planning, counseling, and also informal parenting classes. 412.321.4447

•Dress for Success - The goal of the Dress for Success organization is to promote the economic independence of struggling or disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, career development tools, and a network of support to help women be successful in both work and in life. They are located in more than 90 cities in the US. 212.532.1922

•Mercy Education Project - This group dedicated to providing education, academic and life skills help to assist at-risk women and girls in achieving academic success and with a goal of eventual self-sufficiency.

•The Midnight Mission - Provides help to the homeless through education, counseling, job training, and job placement. They also assist by providing shelter, food, clothing, personal hygiene needs and health care.

•Reading Is Fundamental, Inc. (RIF) - The RIF organization provides free books for children across America to help in their education, and they are free to choose and keep the books. By promoting a love of books among kids, RIF will encourage children's literacy and also involves communities across the nation.





Charity Organizations for Food and Groceries
•Angel Food Ministries - This is a non-profit, non-denominational organization that is committed to providing grocery bill relief and other financial support to people and communities throughout the United States. They help and serve hundreds of thousands of families every month across 35 states. There are no applications, qualifications, income restrictions, or minimums. Click here, or dial 1-877-FOOD-MINISTRY

•Feeding America - The nation leading hunger-relief charity is Feeding America. Every year, the Feeding America assistance network helps provide food to over 25 million people with hardships or facing hunger in the United States, including helping over 9 million children and almost 3 million seniors in need. They have a network of over 200 food banks serving people in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and also Puerto Rico. They distribute more than 2 billion pounds of donated food and grocery items annually. 800.771.2303

•Share Our Strength - Includes a network of community groups, food programs, and activists to help make sure that no kid in America grows up hungry.

•Local Food Banks and Pantries - Almost 40 millions Americans receive free or reduced priced food from pantries and food banks every year. The non-profit centers and charity organizations are located in every state, and are committed to helping to end hunger. More on food banks and pantries.
Transportation
•1-800-Charity Cars - This is America’s #1 Car Donation Charity. It provides donated vehicles to struggling families in need of transportation, provided they are willing to work and become self-sufficient, tax-paying members of the community. The Charity Cars assistance program will provide a vehicle that has been refurbished to insure both reliability and safety of the vehicle, and they may also provide at times a license plate, the down-payment to pay for insurance bills, a service warranty to help with future repairs, and also case management services to families willing to work to pay their bills. 1-800-242-7489

•Free Gas USA Inc. - Provides grants that can be used for free gasoline for low income, elderly, and disabled Americans. Continue.

•Free Car Repairs - Several national and regional charities, churches, and non-profits can provide individuals with low cost or free automobile repairs. You will need to apply, and the services are usually targeted at people who need their car for work. Click here to learn about free car repair programs.

•Opportunity Cars - Over 150 nonprofit organizations around the nation are part of this program. They are all dedicated to increasing private automobile ownership for low income working families who can’t obtain their own transportation. The automobiles are to be used to help people find and keep their jobs. They may give away used cars for free, providing matching grants, or offer low interest loans. Learn more.

•Ways to Work in an organization that provides people with low interest rate auto loans. The loans can be used to help a family or individual purchase a new or used car, pay for car repairs and maintenance, and it can assist with other transportation expenses. Learn more about Ways to Work auto loans.
Additional assistance is also provided by your local government that can help you with paying bills or that can also help you with paying your mortgage and foreclosure assistance.

Charity organizations offer numerous programs and resources that can be used to provide you with short term help. If you need assistance, you should take advantage of these programs and the aid they offer.
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State and local charities and organizations that provide help.

Find local organizations and local charities, including at the state and county levels, that can help you with paying bills and debt. Find help with electric bills, food assistance, and other aid. In addition to the charities and organizations listed below.

•Find assistance programs offered from your local and state government agencies, including rent assistance, mortgage and foreclosure help and more.
•Your local community action agency may also be another place to turn to for aid. Many of these organization administer energy assistance and weatherization programs, provide rent assistance, and more.
Alaska - General Relief Assistance (GRA)
GRA will provide for many of the basic needs of Alaskans who are not eligible for other state assistance programs. Some of the help offered includes help with utility bills, shelter, limited assistance for clothing, food, transportation, medical expenses and burial.

Arizona - Home Energy Assistance Fund
This assistance program provides help to families who are undergoing financial hardship. Grants are provided to help pay overdue utility bills, and the funds can also be used to prevent potential electric or gas service shutoffs. Families can receive anywhere from $500 - $1000 for aid.

Colorado - Energy Outreach Colorado
This energy assistance program is dedicated to the efficient delivery of low cost energy assistance. The program provides both energy conservation and energy education for lower income, or struggling households. This aid will help those families maintain their self-sufficiency and well being.


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Connecticut - Operation Fuel
This program provides emergency energy bill assistance to families who either do not qualify for, or have used up, all of their government assistance. Most of the clients of this group are not poor enough to receive government aid but, only because of a recent crisis in their lives, cannot make ends meet and need short term help. 860-243-2345

Indiana - Winter Assistance Fund
The Winter Assistance fund helps families who are not eligible for any other types of energy assistance programs. 317-923-1466

Louisiana - Outreach Center
This organization provides a variety of aid including job training, emergency shelters, and job placement, transportation, food and clothing distribution, transitional housing, financial assistance and grants to help with bills, life skills training, holiday meals, and toy distribution.

Maryland - Fuel Fund
The Fuel Fund of Maryland provides support and aid to vulnerable Maryland families to help them pay for heat and home utility needs. 410-821-3022

Nebraska - Pennies For Power
This fund will help struggling individuals and families pay energy bills. It will provide emergency aid, help fix heating and cooling equipment, and may pay for energy saving home improvements. 1-888-890-9569



Nevada - Project REACH (Relief through Energy Assistance to Prevent Customer Hardships)
A program that was created to help vulnerable adults over the age of 62, medically fragile people, seniors who are isolated, and to also aid deployed reserve and National Guard members in need of emergency energy assistance. 455-7051


Nevada - Special Assistance Fund for Energy (SAFE)
An assistance program for low-income customers, and it is administered by Community Services Agency. 775-882-8448

Oregon - Oregon HEAT
This organization is a statewide fund that was designed to prevent disconnection of utility service during inclement weather by providing heating and utility bill payment assistance to low income households in emergency situations. Oregon HEAT works closely with social service, charities, and other agencies across the state to review requests for assistance from customers of PGE, Pacific Power, and West Oregon Electric Cooperative. Oregon HEAT also has a recovered oil program and the program will help households pay for all fuels such as propane, gas and wood. 503-612-3790



Pennsylvania



Rhode Island - Good Neighbor Energy Fund
This fund is available to any families in Rhode Island who are experiencing a temporary financial difficulty and therefore can’t pay their energy bills, and it can also help those who have not qualified for or received any other energy assistance funds. 401-421-0956

Rhode Island - UniBank Fuel Assistance Fund
Grants may be available to help families who do not qualify for other aid under traditional income guidelines. Assistance may also be provided to those who can’t afford the standard 100-gallon minimum delivery amount, and also to people who may have already reached their annual maximum for other fuel oil benefits. 508-754-1176

West Virginia - Utility Assistance Program - Dollar Energy Fund
This charity program was created to assists with paying residents heating, gas, electric and water bills. A one time cash grant is paid. Aid is available if the applicant is not eligible for any other aid programs. (800) 683-7036

Wisconsin - Keep Wisconsin Warm Fund (KWWF)
KWWF is a community based aid program that was created to meet the need for energy bill assistance to low income people.
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List of Christmas Charities by State

Christmas Charities for Low Income Families
If you need help paying for Christmas, here is a huge list of charities that will assist you. Some programs are designed for children, while others are designed to help out low income and needy families. Listed below are some of the charitable organizations that offer assistance during the Holidays for people in need.

NOTE: If you know of another organization, please leave a comment and I’ll research them and possibly add them to the list.



First Up - National Organizations



The Christmas Angel Tree – Salvation Army

This is a great charitable organization that offers help to low income families and those in need of some holiday assistance. This is a need-based organization that offers gifts to underprivileged kids around the nation. If you meet the guidelines, you can sign up for help and check out local locations of the Salvation Army.



The Angel Tree – Prison Fellowship Program

This group is a little different than most of the others on the list. The Prison Fellowship Program is designed to offer gifts and the word of Christ to children whose parent(s) are incarcerated in prison or jail. It’s a good program that brings a little spirit to kids that sorely miss a parent at the holidays. You'll need to find your local Angel Tree contact to sign up. As a jail guard, I can assure you there are many children that could use this type of program during the holidays.

Toys for Tots

The Marine Corps runs this great organization that provides toys to kids whose families may not be able to afford them otherwise. You can sign up for help from this organization if you meet the restrictions set for in the program. You’ve probably seen all the donation centers as December approaches. If you are in need of help, you may be able to get it from this organization.

Family Giving Tree

There is a special Holiday Wish section of this group. While most donations are done in California, they are expanding beyond California. While the organization does provide help all year, the holiday section is specifically designed for holiday wishes. They started out giving out backpacks in 1990, but have expanded their services to include the holiday wish program. You can contact the Family Giving Tree to get help.

Trees for Troops

This is a part of the Christmas SPIRIT Foundation and provides real trees to families with members in the military. Based out of Missouri, the foundation does provide National assistance to those in need. It’s a great organization that helps out during the holiday. Every family deserves a nice tree! This year they are teaming with FedEx to deliver the trees all over the nation. You can contact Christmas SPIRIT for help.

The National Holiday project

The National Holiday Project is an organization that aims to brighten the lives of the needy through local chapters. You can sign up for help with the charity and see what kind of assistance they offer in your area.

Operation Santa Claus

While you will not receive gifts or money from this group, your child can get a letter from Santa for the holidays. This could easily brighten the eyes of any child that may not get much for Christmas.

Childs Play Charity

This is really unique. Most states are represented through various children’s hospitals. Each hospital makes a wish list of electronics “wish list” items for their patients. Children that are very ill and in these hospitals are eligible to receive the items. The site will let you find a location in your state.



Alphabetical Listings By State



•Alabama
Huntsville Social Services offers Christmas help for low income households. The food bank of north Alabama can help supply your holiday meal. Christmas Charities Year Round Association serves the Madison County area. Be sure to look for local programs, like adopt a family, held in area businesses.

•Alaska
Project Alaska Christmas Kids (PACK) helps bring the holiday to needy children of the state if the form of books. You can check for government assistance programs to find out what you qualify for and look into the Alaska Food Bank.

•Arizona
The Association of Arizona Food Banks can help you get a great holiday meal. Arizona Self Help is another organization where you can find temporary assistance. Arizona Ghostbusters has done toy drives for the needy, as have the firefighters through Circle K Arizona.

•Arkansas
Stuff the Sleigh provides a toys for foster kids through drives and a local car lot does a Fill a Ford toy drive for charity. The Diocese of Little Rock provides help to those in need. If you need help with the meal, the Arkansas Food Bank is ready to assist.

•California
Child S.H.A.R.E has several locations in California. Catholic Charities Of Los Angeles is known to help low income families. Adopt-A-Family is popular in San Bernadino and Riverside Counties. The LAFD also has a great program called Spark of Love, which is a toy drive for needy kids.

•Colorado
The Denver Rescue Mission serves a large portion of the state and the Food Bank of the Rockies assists many people. Denver's Care 4 Colorado toy drive has been a success. You can also check for temporary help through the government, if you prefer.

•Connecticut
New Opportunities Inc. has done many toy drives. Redefine Christmas gives out many gifts and the Archdiocese of Hartford help many needy families. You can also look at temporary assistance programs and food pantries for assistance with the holidays.

•Delaware
As with most states, the Food Bank of Delaware is a great place to put together a holiday feast for low income households. The Delaware Kids Fund holds toy drives and so does Service From The Heart. Of course, you can always check the local government agencies to see what other options they have.

•Florida
Those in the Jacksonville area can check out Jax 4 kids and those in the Clay County area can check out the John P Hall Sr. Children's Charities. If you are looking for more help, check out the Latino Officers Association of Florida. Toy drives are done by New Hope for Kids and government programs are available.

•Georgia
Members of the National Guard in Georgia can apply for help from the Georgia National Guard Support Foundation. Another group, Enrichment Services, offers all sorts of help for needy people all year, including the holiday season. Residents of Georgia may also want to check out the Empty Stocking Fund or local food shelters and national organizations with branches in the area.

•Hawaii
Project Hawaii Inc. presents the Christmas Wish Program each year. Each year, the Friends of Hawaii provides grants to other non-profit organizations that assist residents. Bikers hold the Maui Toy Run and free meals can be found at local food banks. You can always check around locally for government assistance programs as well.

•Idaho
Those that live Idaho can check out the Idaho Falls Community Outreach Center for help or visit the Idaho Food Bank for the holiday meal. The Health and Welfare Toy Drive is very popular. You can also check with local government agencies to see what types of holiday programs they have to offer.

•Illinois
As with many states, Catholic Charities are prominent in Illinois. The Walter and Connie Payton Foundation holds toy drives and so does the Illinois Association for Infant Mental Health. Feeding Illinois may be able to help you with your meal.

•Indiana
The Food Bank of Northern Indiana is a great place to look for help as is CAP from the Caramel Fire Department. or Columbus Firemen Cheer Club. The government of Indiana can also help you with temporary assistance to needy families.

•Iowa
The Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation is a great place to start if you live in the area. Another great opportunity lies with the Chrysalis Foundation. The Food Bank of Iowa may be able to help you put food on the table for the holidays. It might be a good idea to check with Catholic Charities of Des Moines as well as local government programs.

•Kansas
The Johnson County Christmas Bureau helps needy families and so does Catholic Charities of Wichita. Those in the Kansas City area may want to contact Adopt a Family. Of course, many local businesses do toy drives and secret Santa programs that could be worth checking into.

•Kentucky
The Frankfort Area Chamber of Commerce has a great list of charities. God's Pantry can help out many hungry families during the holiday season. Those in the Lexington area may want to check out firefighter toy drives. Of course, you can always check out government programs for temporary help as well.

•Louisiana
The Thibodaux Toy Drive is an annual event. Catholic Charities of New Orleans is known to help others. The Louisiana Food Bank Association might be able to help with a good meal. Of course, there are many local businesses that participate in their own toy drives and secret Santa types of programs that you may want to look at.

•Maine
You can find aid at Waldo County Wings of Love or the Maine Children's Home. There are some temporary government assistance programs that deserve a look. If you worry that you won't be able to put together a good holiday meal, you can always try The Good Shepherd Food Bank. If you are looking for toy drives, check out the Augusta Civic Center.

•Maryland
Santa Claus Anonymous is based in Baltimore. You can also try the Washington County Community Partnership of Maryland. The Property Management Association is holding a toy drive again. Local food pantries and government assistance programs are other options to keep in mind.

•Michigan
All Michigan residents can fill out an application for the Good Fellows Fund and contact the Michigan Volunteers of America for help. Residents have more opportunities through the Michigan Information Center and can attend a party through the Joys of Jesus Ministries.

•Minnesota
Christmas Anonymous is based in Rochester and can probably help you. You can also try Toys for Joy in the Saint Paul area. Second Harvest Heartland might be able to help you out with the meal. Of course, as with many states, the Catholic Charities of the Twin Cities area may help. be sure to check out local sources for toy drives and temporary assistance to needy families.

•Mississippi
Those in Mississippi will have some great options as low income families look for help. The Good Samaritan Centers of Jackson and Laurel offer nutritious meals. The Jackson Diocese also give aid to people in need. You can check the Portland Metro Toy Drive to see if they will offer you aid for gifts.

•Missouri
Christmas in St. Louis is a good choice for anyone looking for aid. The Downtown Branson Main Street Association helps people in need each year. Just like many other states, Missouri has a strong Catholic Charity representation. The Missouri Food Bank Association might be able to help you out with your meal needs.

•Montana
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) can help with food for the holidays. There are many other public assistance programs out there that can help as well. There are some local businesses that participate in Angel Tree types of programs. You may want to check with your local chamber of commerce to see what's going on this year.

•Nebraska
Catholic Social Services serves Lincoln and surrounding areas for holiday relief. You may want to check out mid-Nebraska Community Partnership and 211, which can help you sign up for various holiday programs, like Toyland for Kids that provides toys to needy kids. The Food Bank for the Heartland could help you eat for the holiday season.

•Nevada
The Norther Nevada Food Bank is a good start. Those that meet low income guidelines may find aid from the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services or the Catholic Charity group for the state. In both Reno and Las Vegas many casinos participate in various types of adopt a family programs. The Santa Cop program serves the metro Las Vegas area.

•New Hampshire
The Emergency Food Assistance program is a great place to get your meal for the holiday season. You may also want to look at New Hampshire Catholic Charities for assistance. If you require a monetary donation or that of clothing, you may want to try New Hampshire SHARE. Of course, there are many other local businesses that donate to the needy, so check around.

•New Jersey
Camden Rescue Mission Inc. is a charitable group that offers aid. For one-stop shopping for aid, try New Jersey Helps. The Borough of Kinnelon provides low income people with a Holiday food basket. If you prefer, you can always check out the Community Food Bank of New Jersey for a meal. Be sure to check out local sources for toy drives and secret Santa programs in your area.

•New Mexico
The Archdiocese of Santa Fé is a decent place to look for aid in area. You can check out government assistance programs in your area for aid. In addition, those looking for a good meal can try the New Mexico Association of Food Banks. There are many local businesses and charities that do toy drives, adopt a family, and various forms of the secret Santa programs.

•New York
The New York Department of Temporary Help is a great first step. New York City residents can also contact Hope for New York for aid. You can always check out local sources for toy drives and Adopt a Family types of programs. You can post your situation on Two Hands and see if someone will give you some help. If you are looking for something to put in your belly, try the Food Bank of New York City.

•North Carolina
You can try Speedway Children's Charities in Charlotte or Christmas cheer in Alamance county. You can also contact the Kernersville Foundation for aid with stocking stuffers. As with many states, food is available to North Carolinians through local food banks. Check the newspapers or call your local chamber of commerce to find out if anyone is holding toy drives this year.

•North Dakota
Using help programs like North Dakota LIHEAP can free up some money for toys. The Great Plains Food Bank will help with meals. For those looking toys, the Farm Service Agency does an annual toy drive. For other toy drive options, check with local businesses.

•Ohio
Kids can get a free toy from Mrs. Claus and families can get the fixings for a great meal at Freestore Food Banks. Those in Cincinnati can get aid from The Caring Place. Those in Fairfield can try 211 to get financial help. As with many local areas, you will want to call your chamber of commerce to find out if they know of any local businesses holding toy drives. You may also want to look at some government programs to help.

•Oklahoma
The Regional Food Banks of Oklahoma can assist you with your meal. The Christmas Connection is a great place to look for help. Catholic Charities are strong in Oklahoma City. Oklahoma has programs for temporary help. TheScience Museum of Oklahoma holds toy drives. You can look for other toy drives and adopt a family programs through local businesses.

•Oregon
The State of Oregon Food, Cash, and Housing Program can offer temporary aid. The Elk's Loge of Myrtle Creek, and The Christmas Project in Hood River also good places to look. Of course, you can always check with businesses in your area to find out if they are doing toy drives or secret Santa types of programs.

•Pennsylvania
Second Chance Toys is a good organization to call for help. You can always check for help with the meal through the Pennsylvania Regional Association of Food Banks. Catholic Charities is pretty strong in Pennsylvania. You can also look for temporary government assistance. You can check locally to see if businesses are having toy drives and secret Santa programs.

•Rhode Island
Total Fitness Clubs in Rhode Island do toy drives for the poor. If you need help putting together a decent holiday meal, try the Rhode Island Community Food Banks. Many local businesses and civic groups participate in adopt a family, toy drives, and secret Santa programs for the indigent. Rhode Island is one of the top donating states for Toys for Tots, so you should have some luck.

•South Carolina
Those in South Carolina can try Holiday Hope for some aid or Hope Worldwide in the Columbia area. You may want to check out the list of South Carolina Food Banks for help with a decent spread on the table. Just as many other states, South Carolina has temporary assistance programs that could offer financial help.

•South Dakota
The Banquet of Sioux Falls offers a great meal to locals. Those in the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation have received donations from St. John's. In addition, you can try Catholic Social Services for aid. Many local main street associations do toy drives and adopt a family types of programs as well. In addition, you may want to explore government emergency aid programs.

•Tennessee
The Nashville Metro Police Christmas Charities are sure to have a program for you. The News Sentinel Charities Incprovides help as does Youth Encouragement Services. Second Harvest of Middle Tennessee could help you put out something great to eat. You may want to also check out local government assistance. Be sure to check with local civic groups as well for more help options.

•Texas
Gullo Christmas for Kids provides a party, gift cards, and Xmas decorations. You can also try Houston Children's Charities for some financial assistance and The Christmas Bureau of Austin. If you don't have luck with food banks or other programs, you can try Alvarado Christmas Charities Inc for more help. Be sure to check with your local chamber of commerce to find companies performing toy drives.

•Utah
The Arc of Utah (no website) provides gifts through donations for needy kids. The University Mall Giving Tree is yet another option and The Forgotten Patients Christmas Project also fills the needs of sick children. You may want to explore the Utah Food Bank system to find help with meals. You can also look into government help offered by local branches.

•Vermont
Get gifts at Toys for Kids of Vermont. The Vermont Hunger Relief Organization offers help to those in need andVermont 2-1-1 can assist with living expenses, like utility bills through the holiday months. Be sure to look for help with food through local food pantries and check local companies that are promoting toy drives for assistance.

•Virginia
The Virginia Department of Social Services is a good place to start looking for temporary aid. The Community Partners for Children in Alexandria is another good option. The Diocese of Arlington is a good option for those in the area. You'll find several local toy drives where you can ask for donations to provide gifts for your children.

•Washington
You can ask for assistance from the Christmas House charitable organization. You can also talk to the Tacoma Firefighters Christmas Project and see if they are able to provide you with some help. For help with putting a nice spread on the table, try looking at the map of food bank locations. You may want to look locally for toy drives, Angel Tree types of programs, and local secret Santa charities for assistance.

•West Virginia
You can contact Catholic Charities of West Virginia for aid during the holiday season. You can try Presents for Patients for those that are ill and need some Christmas spirit. You can check out a list of West Virginia food banksfor help putting together something good to eat. Of course, you can always look at local government assistance or contact companies in your area and ask to be included in adopt a family and angel tree programs they might be coordinating.

•Wisconsin
Kenosha Christmas Charities, Inc. is a great place to look for help. Catholic Charities serves ten counties in Wisconsin and The Neighbors' Place serves the Wausau area. Wisconsin has many food banks throughout the state that can help you eat well for the holidays this December. Many main street associations and civic groups are located in the state, so be sure to contact them and ask for aid.

•Wyoming
Those in the Cheyenne may want to visit the GFWC website. You may want to contact Toys for the Troops' Kids if a parent or guardian is in the armed forces. The Wyoming Food Bank of the Rockies could be a great place to look for something good to have for dinner. The Department of Family Services could also be a good place to search for some help. Be sure to sign your family up for toy drives and adopt a family programs in your area.



Additional Local Options



In many instances, looking locally may be the best option you have when you are looking for charitable help with gifts or other items for kids. Listed below are some of the very best options you may have available in your area.

Goodwill Industries

Donations from Goodwill Industries are offered on a case-by-case basis. If you are in need of help, go into your local Goodwill store and ask for assistance. These are material gift donations only, not cash. You will have the possibility to get some used clothing, toys, and other items that could come in very handy.

Food Pantries

Every family deserves a good meal for Christmas. Many local food pantries give out free food, often only asking for voluntary donations. In some areas, they are open to everyone, not just low income families. This is a really good option to keep in mind.

Local Civic Groups

Do you have an Elk’s Club, Jaycee’s, or other civic organizations in your area? If so, you may be able to sign up for help from these groups. It’s worth a try.

Local Churches

Even if you aren’t a member of the congregation, you may be able to get some form of Christmas help. Many churches help out low income families in one way or another during the holidays. Your best bet is to visit them in person, so you can present yourself and your situation.

Local Toy Drives

We’ve all seen the many businesses that have the needs of specific children listed or hanging on the tree. When you find the businesses offering this type of service, be sure to stop in and ask how you can sign up for help. It would also be a great idea to watch the local paper for toy and food drives at Christmastime.



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Florida Food Banks

Florida food banks

Florida residents can get free or low cost food from food banks that are located across the state. The listing below is for the lead agency in the county. The agency listed below partners with dozens of other churches, non-profits, food banks, and charities in the county to accept applications and distribute the free food to the needy.

In addition, all of the organizations and agencies listed partner with an organization known as Feeding America, which used to be called America's Second Harvest. This is the nations leading food assistance / non-profit organization. In Florida alone over 100 million pounds of food is distributed each year to people in need of help, and hundreds of thousands of residents in Florida receive assistance from the food banks and pantries each and every year.

The food banks listed below are in addition to all of the distribution centers that are located in your town or county. Click here to find programs for your county.

You can call the agency noted below to learn more about the services they offer, and to find out exactly where you can go for free food. They may refer you to a church, charity, or other location that is closer to where you live in Florida.

Bradenton (Serving: Manatee County)
Food Bank of Manatee County
811 23rd Avenue East
Bradenton, FL 34208
Dial: 941-747-FOOD (747-3663)















Fort Pierce (Serving: Indian River, Martin, Okeechobee & St. Lucie Counties)
Treasure Coast Food Bank
3051 Industrial 25th St
Address - Fort Pierce, FL 34946
Phone: 772-489-5676

Ft. Myers (Serving: Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry & Lee Counties)
Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida
3760 Fowler St
Ft. Myers, FL 33901
Phone number: 239-334-7007
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Gainesville (Serving: Alachua, Dixie, Gilchrist, Lafayette & Levy Counties)
Bread of the Mighty
716 NW 5th Street
P.O. Box 5086
Gainesville, FL 32627
Phone: 352-336-0839

Jacksonville (Serving: Baker, Bradford, Clay, Duval, Flagler, Madison, Nassau, Putnam & St. Johns Counties)
Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Florida
1502 Jessie Street
Jacksonville FL 32206
Phone: 904-353-3663

Lake City (Serving: Columbia, Hamilton, Suwannee & Union Counties)
Food Bank of Suwannee Valley
772 E. Duval Street
Lake City, FL 32055
Phone: 386-755-5683

Lakeland (Serving: Polk & Highlands Counties)
Agape Food Bank
625 McCue Road
Lakeland, FL 33815
Phone: 863-665-7074

Land O'Lakes (Serving: Hernando & Pasco Counties)
Suncoast Harvest Food Bank
5829 Ehren Cutoff
Land-O'Lakes, FL 34639
Phone: 813-929-0200

Pembrook Park (Serving: Broward, Dade, Monroe & Palm Beach Counties)
Feeding South Florida
Physical address - 2501 SW 32 Terrace
Pembroke Park, FL 33023
Phone number: 954-518-1818









Milton (Serving: Bay, Escambia, Holmes, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton & Washington Counties)
Bay Area Food Bank
5709 Industrial Blvd
Milton, FL 32583
Phone: 850-626-1332

Ocala (Serving: Marion County)
First Step Food Bank
P.O. Box 4774
Ocala, FL 34478
Phone: 352-732-5500

Orlando (Serving: Brevard, Lake, Orange, Osceola, Seminole & Volusia Counties)
Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida
2008 Brengle Avenue
Orlando FL 32808
Phone: 407-295-1066

Sarasota (Serving: DeSoto & Sarasota Counties)
All Faiths Food Bank
8171 Blaikie Ct
Sarasota FL 34240
Phone: 941-379-6333

Tallahassee (Serving: Calhoun, Franklin, Gadsden, Gulf, Jackson, Jefferson, Leon, Liberty, Taylor & Wakulla Counties)
America's Second Harvest of the Big Bend, Inc.
110 Four Points Way
Tallahassee FL 32305
Phone: 850-562-3033

Tampa (Serving: Citrus, Hardee, Hillsborough, Pinellas & Sumter Counties)
Feeding America Tampa Bay
4702 Transport Drive Bldg. 6
Tampa FL 33605-5940
Phone: 813-254-1190



Additional state of Florida assistance programs

In addition to the food banks in Florida listed above, as well as the phone number for more locations below, there are other programs for all Florida residents. They include the following:
•Florida HUD foreclosure prevention
•Florida utility and cooling bill assistance programs
•Florida Section 8 housing
•Florida mortgage and foreclosure assistance
•Florida free legal representation
•Florida community health centers



Other food banks in Florida

Most counties should be listed above. However, if not, or if you need additional food assistance, other options that are available to you include low cost groceries from Angel Ministries (Learn more), food from the SNAP food program, and government food assistance programs. Or dial 813-321-7858 for more information on locations of distribution centers.

Between the Florida food banks listed above, as well as the other programs noted, no one in Florida should ever go hungry.
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