How Christmas Gift Donations Can Bring Holiday Cheer to Your Family
Can't afford holiday gifts this year? There may still be a way for you to get a few things for your kids through charitable organizations. Here's how.
The holidays can be a tough time of the year for families. It puts stress not only on parents, but on their pocketbooks, as well.
But what if your budget is so tight that you have to choose between keeping the lights on and buying presents for your kids?
It’s a reality that all too many families face in our country every year. And it’s one that mine dealt with for many years, too. Fortunately, there were ways out there for my mom to provide Christmas for my sisters and me without having to make those choices.
How to Get Charity Gifts for Your Kids
The most well-known organization that provides Christmas gift donations to underprivileged children is Toys for Tots. The organization was established by the Marine Corps Reserve in 1947, and they’ve been collecting and distributing toys and other gift-able items ever since. You can select your state and county on their website to find out who is running the distribution in your area and whether you still time to sign up.
Another organization that regularly provides assistance to parents for the holidays is the Salvation Army. They do this primarily through their Angel Tree program. However, some sites also do direct gift distribution in their area of service if a large portion of the population lives below the poverty line. You can find and get in contact with your local Salvation Army organizers on their website.
Another place that fixed- or low-income families may be able to find holiday gifts for their kids? A local church. Most of the time, you don’t have to be a member of the church — or even religiously affiliated — in order to ask for help from these organizations. They’re often more than willing and able to help a bit with providing holiday cheer for your family, no matter what your religious affiliation is.
How Christmas Gift Donations Helped my Family
When I was growing up, my mom was either on a fixed income or not making much money at all. But because of organizations like these, I never went a Christmas without gifts under the tree. If you or your family is in a situation like this and is facing the possibility of being unable to celebrate the holidays, please reach out to these programs.
Meanwhile, if you’re in a position to donate to one or more of these organizations — or to ones like them in your area — please do. It makes all the difference for children like me.