How can you get your kids holiday presents when you have no money?
There are working parents out there who can barely make ends meet and they feel bad about not being able to afford gifts for their kids this holiday season. Do you have any ideas about how people in your area can get free children’s gifts? Add you recommendation below. Don’t be affraid to include a weblink.
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If you live in the USA and can’t afford gifts for your children here are some ideas:
The Toys for Tots program:
The Brighter Christmas Fund. If you do a Google.com search for “brighter Christmas” or “Christmas fund” for your local area or city, you should come across information on gift drives hosted by local churches, stores and newspapers in your area.
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Another idea is calling your local fire department’s non-emergency number. Fire Stations often sponsor or know about local gift drives for the holidays.
You might try Samaritan’s Purse
Maybe the firestation in your town has a gift giving program that you could sign up for. My town gives so many toys away.
Im not quite sure but there is a Toys for tots in my area.. My friend every year gives gifts away and says its preatty good for families that cant affort gifts..sometimes the little things is what matters… sorry if this wasnt much help…
Hi CM and everyone else. In Canada where I live, the local churches have huge programs to make certain EVERY family gets a Christmas. We do Christmas hamper programs–in Blaine WA where I attended church, the local businesses adopted families (they do here in Cloverdale BC CDA as well). Businesses especially love to adopt single-parent families. When a family is adopted the parent is asked what they need–food clothing, bedding, gifts for kids.
I would encourage EVERYONE who has been for their children and themselves to go to a church and ask. You know, it is humbling to ask for what one needs. I live by faith as a missionary on what people ‘think’ to give me and sometime’s no one seems to hear God reminding them of my needs…..and I need to open my mouth and ASK. It is humbling.
but the neat thing about asking, is it gives a person the opportunity to be blessed in the giving. God blesses generous people. One of the things that angers God the most is people going hungry, homeless, widows and children left uncared for.
So please be brave and ask for your needs to be filled. And if the first place says NO, keep asking in love. God will hear.
Be blessed, friends.
Many, many groups do ‘Christmas fundraising’–the local schools here all do foodbank contributions. The highschools have competitions between themselves as to who can raise the most food. Our church in Cloverdale oversees the hamper program of twelve churches this year come together to bless the community.
And all you out there–if you see a need–why not fill it. Start your own hamper program to bless someone else. It all starts as an idea in one’s head and snowballs from there.
Love u guys.
This is from Thargor and their mom, but give them a box of all your love, and tell them that is what is inside the box.
Hey C.M.T, try in some collges near you. I know many departments in my University have ‘Christmas happiness programs’, I am sure you might bump onto something if you just enquire the proper person. My line of thought would be to call the University general number and let them know of your purpose, I am sure you will get some response. Infact my department this year supported a family of eight under this program.
Hey, I just want you folk in real need to go in and ask at the local churches wherever you guys live.
The Lord says “Open your mouth and I will fill it”–I took that one day as meaning open your mouth and ask for your needs” as well as literally opening for the actual food.
Please give people a chance to bless you–in doing this you give them the chance to receive blessing from the Lord.
We’ve a guy staying at Shiloah House where I live and he was saying yesterday, one year he and their kids were absolutely broke. They had just moved into an empty house. They went to a store and got green paper–they cut out a Christmas tree and taped it to the wall; drew and colored presents and gifts for everyone and taped them to the wall–they they drew a huge fire place and colored orange and red flames and stuck that on the wall. He and his kids (he was a single Dad) sat around telling stories about what was in the boxes and told stories. He said last night his kids in their late teens still say that was their best christmas ever.
I’m praying for everyone this year to find love at the center of their home.
blessings. Jesus is the reason for the season.
If you canset it up what you do is organise a give away what you don’t want day were people give away all the items they don’t want in the morning, and in the afternoon people just collect what they want from the items that have been left to give away. Great for recycling see if you can get your local Church or town hall authorities to set one up! Linda
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Toys for tots
This may sound dumb, but you could take your kids out, instead of buying them something - give them a day, or more, devoted to quality time with you and them (you being however many parents are there). It’s possible to plan a really good day, one that they will remember, which needn’t cost much at all. I know it’s not the same as opening a parcel, but you might be surprised at what they will respond to!
call united way and tell them also try salvation army and any churches and local police dept they have shop-with-cop they buy clothes toy etc. also call family and children services and just ask what programs they know of this year they usually have a list God Bless and Prayer really works try it it wont hurt
Me and my 9 year old are in need of christmas help. My daughter got a coat from school from a coat drive but I’m in need of one that is size XL and one that is warm and has a hood. I stand outside everyday in the morning and afternoon in all weather waiting on the school bus with my daughter and I’m in need of a thick coat. Also I’m in need of blue jeans size 36 to38. Also we need help with maybe a Krogers gift card for food.
My daughter has gotten toys for christmas but there is no help for adults.
I would really like if someone could help.
I don’t drive at all and have a learning problem the reason I can’t drive.
I can’t pay shipping,I did that last month for $5.00 and there was nothing that came and we needed that.
If no one has clothes and kroger gift card we have a super walmart here.
I can send you the reciept from what we buy. We are really in need. thanks
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Concerning the gifts for your kids.
I was partly brought up by my father who did not have much money either to buy me the gifts. But he was very “handy” and fabricated some of the most beatifull toys I ever had. beautifull also because it was him who made them and that made the present even more worth. It’s the gesture, I think. And whatever you would be able to make for your kids, they may appreceate it more than an ordinary bought gift. Good luck and good celebration days.
Alex Stalenberg (sculptor) La-Rochelle France
Brighter Christmas fund is one organization, here’s a website that explains it http://www.courier-tribune.com/articl…
I agree with Christian girl, Toys for Tots is a great way to let your kids have a christmas. I picked up a card today, and I went to the mall, Target and Barnes and Noble to find a few gifts the little boy wanted.
Try www.freecycle.org - I just joined a local one (it’s where people get rid of stuff for free instead of throwing it out - they recycle it, hence, freecycle). Anyway, I am a hard working mother of 3 kids - I am at work 65 hours a week, and not by choice. I have to. My husband works the same hours. We still can barely make ends meet - no, let me rephrase that, we are NOT making ends meet.
My little boy (4) loves matchbox cars - so I posted a “Wanted: Hotwheels or Matchbox cars for my son for X-mas” post. I got many responses and a whole lot of cars. People offer televisions, furniture, books, toys, etc. (I have given a lot of stuff away, too - like kids clothing.)
If you use freecycle - (and it’s free to join, of course) - just state in your ad that you are willing to travel to pick up whatever it is you’re asking for. Don’t ask for money, and don’t ask for someone to fix all of your problems…just ask for something you know your kids would really like to have. Like, a bike, or a DVD player and some kids DVDs or something.
Also, the Dollar Store is always a godsend.
I know kids…I have a 3, 15, and 17 year old. The older boys want money - and that’s not going to happen. But, if you know what music they like - and maybe have some online friends - you could make a list of music (or look on i-tunes for what’s hot right now) that they’d like - and ask your friends if they could burn a few CDs of good songs for your kids. I think it’s usually about 12 to 17 songs that fit on a CD.
Hope some of these idea help…Good luck to us both this holiday….
Try calling home star financial They are in georgia but if you own land or a home they can probally help with a loan770-965-4600 call Rebecca Waggoner
If you have children who go to Head Start you can find help there
My church holds concerts with an entry fee of one canned good per person to collect food. And my sister’s school had a list with the gender, age, shoe, and clothing sizes for a bunch of people and told the studants that whatever the studants got for them was all that those people would get for Christmas.
Toys are nice, but if you don’t have the bare necessities, they can be a little disappointing. How much fun is a toy when you’re too hungry and cold to play with it?
I am a single mom with two kids, a girl who is thirteen who needs a coat, clothes,boots and whatever else can be sent to me. I also have a six year old son who beleives in Santa Clause, and have know idea what I would tell him on Christmas morning when there is nothing under the tree for him. I was in a bad accident this year and soon will be collecting disability until I go back to work. Haven’t received a check yet and have no family. In desperate need of help. address 822 E. 229th st.Bronx,N.Y.10466 T. Ellis.
call united way they will give you a list of local resources and also put you on the toys for tots list
Tried that. Still nothing. I dont know what the hell is going on with my luck.
I hope that anyone around the world or who can lend a helping hand anywhere can please hear my desperate cry for help. I am a single mother with two kids. I was recently in a bad accident and currently have no source of income to purchase gifts for my kids on christmas. I have 3 days left until christmas and no gifts under my tree for my 2 kids. I have a son who is six years old and a daughter who is thirteen. I recently applied for disability benefits until that I am able to go back to work, and will not receive a check for another 4 weeks. Me and my children would deeply appreciate help. My son wears a size 6/7 in clothes and a 1 and a half in boots, would also appreciate toys. My daughter wears a size 4/5 in teens and a size 7 and a half in boots. She also plays with toys.Also any food donations would help.Please! Help Us!
desperate mom in the Bronx, S. Roseboro 822 E.229th St. Bronx, N.Y.10466
God Bless You!
I hope around the world or anywhere for the matter my desperate cry for help is answered. I am a single parent with 2 kids in desperate need of gifts for my children. I have a son who is 6 years old and a daughter who is 13. My son is at the age where he beleives in Santa Clause, so I have know idea what I would say to him on Christmas morning when he sees that Santa Clause has left him no gifts. He is currently wearing a size 6/7 in clothes and medium in coats. He wears a size 1 in a half in boots and would deeply appreciate toys. My daughter is a typical teenager who loves clothes. She wears a size 4/5 in teens, a medium in coats and a size 7 in a half in boots, shoes and sneakers. She also still plays with toys for girls of her age. I recently was in a bad acccident, and no longer have a source of income at this time. I recently applied for disability benefits, but will not receive a check for another 4 to 6 weeks. Also any food donations would be greatly appreciated.”Please Help
Us” A desperate single mom in the Bronx.
God Bless You! S.Roseboro 822 E.229th St. Bronx, N.Y. 10466
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