Christmas Help for Low Income Families
The Christmas season is not meant to be stressful – the lead up to, during and after should be a great time full of wonderful new memories and experiences. Don’t let money problems and debt become a part of the experience. If you are a low income earner and find it difficult to provide all the things expected around the holidays, you are not alone. Thousands of families struggle through the holiday season because of the extra demands that are put on the budget.
However, if you plan right, use every resource mentioned below, you can be able to put on a great Christmas dinner and provide gifts for your children without going into debt and putting pressure on the family budget.
Food is one the largest expenditures in the family budget. It’s also an area where low income earners can get assistance, which can mean significant savings on the family budget while keeping food on the table. Imagine if you could shave $50-$100 off your grocery bill every month and reroute that money into other savings. This is money that can then be used for unexpected emergencies and other events such as birthdays and holidays like Christmas.
There are numerous programs available for low income families which include nationally available food banks, grocery programs and lunch provisions for children at school. Find out where your local Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is in order to start receiving food on a regular basis from a nearby food bank. The National School Lunch Program provides either free or significantly reduced meals for low income family children - there many programs for infants and pregnant mothers as well.
Similar to food banks there are clothing banks set up in almost every major urban area to help low income families deal with the cost of clothing their children. Coats for Kids and clothing banks can significantly reduce your cost on clothing. Visiting second hand stores for adult clothing can also reduce your costs.
LIHEAP, Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, helps low income families keep the lights on and the heat flowing during cold months. Receiving subsidy for heating can take a considerable amount of pressure off your cold weather budgets, allowing your family to enjoy Christmas like you should be able to. Many utility companies also provide assistance programs to certain low income groups, check your utility company for details.
If you search for help for all your basic needs, including food, clothing, rent and utilities, there are often multiple programs that can help reduce your monthly burden, freeing up some budget for extras.
Help for Christmas
However, if you are looking for specific help just for the holidays, there are still plenty of options to ensure you get gifts and food to make your Christmas enjoyable and comfortable. Don’t be put off by the word charity as they are great organizations which are nothing like what you probably think.
Many charities operate throughout the US, especially during the holiday season to provide different programs to help out those in need. From the Salvation Army to Toys for Tots run by the Marine Corps there are literally 1000s of organizations dedicated to programs to help out for Christmas. Look for organizations like the St. Vincent de Paul, Make a Wish Foundation, Family Christmas Online, Lions Club, National Holiday Project, Military Families Trees for Troops and the Family Giving Tree are all options - Learn more on their services.
Even if you are not part of a local congregation, many churches offer assistance during Christmas as part of their community outreach programs and there is no requirement to be a member of the church. Simply call your local churches to see which ones are offering a Christmas program and if you could be added to their list.
Pay attention to the news in your neighborhood. Many local businesses support needy families during the holiday season with toy drives, food baskets and many other programs. In most cities, there is usually a Turkey giveaway to help low income families put on a Christmas dinner.
Christmas help for low income families isn’t subject to just the holiday season, there is general financial help for individuals and families that need it throughout the year. Financial problems can popup at any time, don’t feel embarrassed or ashamed in asking for help – the sooner you do, the sooner you will be able to fix the problem and reduce the stress that comes with money issues.
Take advantage of government benefits and non-profit assistance to greatly reduce your monthly outgoings, which will provide more cash flow. Try working with a free financial counselor as they can make sure you are taking advantage of all benefits you may be entitled too. Professional guidance on money can also help with learning how to make the most of your money and not live with the stress that comes from living paycheck to paycheck. Simple budgeting and money management tips can help you get ahead regardless of how much money you currently have or make.
I’m a single mom of 4 . Just got divorced from a man who beat me on a daily basis. I lost everything to get away from him. I’m trying to get Christmas help for my children. I don’t have much income. All I have is 659.70. I’m trying to my disablety started. I have two disabled children. I’m trying to get a truck it is hard. I hope you can help my family God bless
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Iam a grandmother raising three of my grand babies going on three years now and our budget is so tight.We can pay the utilities and that’s about it…I am looking for some help this year with Christmas,please….I just don’t know how to tell em kids try not to get your hopes up!!thank you for consideration…
We are Grandparents raising our 12 yr old granddaughter. I lost my job 2 yrs ago and having hard time getting job with my COPD. Once we pay our bill for the month we have very little for Christmas. Is there somewhere I could get help. It’s so hard because things they would like is expensive. Please can anyone help?
First of all I like to thankyou for programs that even think about families that need help. I have eleven grandkids live in a garage and have only social security for income when I pay my rent I have enough to buy food. I would love to buy gifts for. Chirstmas birthday but can’t. I hope you can help me thank you
Hey I’m a single mom raising two girls a 3 year old and a 10 month old I lost my job and I have no way to get my girls anything for Christmas please help us…
I need help with Christmas for my three children and most of all the programs are full or deadlines have passed it is day after thanksgiving also I have a 18 year old and 17 year old and 13 year old so most don’t understand why I stress bout it so much they aren’t small kids but they are still my kids and have been through a lot this year they have taken care of me through several surgeries and one is working to help with bills and one takes care of household chores I just think they still deserve a Christmas on Christmas morning to I don’t have the financial means to do for them I haven’t worked in a year because of my health I don’t know what to do please help
I’m a grandmother trying to raise my grandchildren with no help.I’m needing so much help so I’m asking please help us.they r great kids.
Hey im a single parent looking for help for my kids this Christmas. I lost my job and kids father which us struggling with bills and everything else. We just move in our home, the kids don’t have bedroom sets and they just want toys and clothes for Christmas. im thankful for anything anyone can do. the 8 yr old wears a size 14 in clothes and 5 in shoes. the 11 yr old wears a size 16 in clothes and 6 in shoes. thanks in advance.
My husband and I are on a very low income,I am disable and my husband is fighting for disability he has Burgers Disease. We are looking for help with Christmas for my 5year old granddaughter. We have no funds for anything. We have a tree but that is all no decorations or money for gifts and food so if there is any help PLEASE help me
I had to quit work due to my illness and now I have no money for Christmas I have tree babies 10 7 & 2 I want them to have a wonderful Christmas and want them to smile and be happy and to not worry my 10 year old worry’s so much about me being sick and she said she did not need anything for Christmas but I want to give them a little something
My family and I have been through a pretty rough couple of years. We left home with only what would fit in the car and we’ve been trying to get back on our feet ever since. We were homeless for about four months and the children, all 8 of them were getting scared. We finally found someone that would rent to us. I have a minimum wage job but it sometimes doesn’t even pay the bills. Please help us this Christmas. My children deserve to be happy again, even if it’s just for a little while. I’m doing the best I can but I don’t want to give the truth about Santa just yet. They believe that he will do what I cannot. Thank you for reading. Merry Christmas
I am a 51 yr old man at the age of 15 was diagnosed with a very rare bone disease called Legg Perthes.from 815 to 35 I basically had no hip socket or joint was rubbing bone to bone due to the disease try to get on disability but I went didn’t qualify therefore I was forced to work basically with no hipsat the age of 35 I finally found a doctor that took all my X rays from the age of 15 till 35 band told me he was going to help meafter four surgeries 12 hours on each hip I was laid up for a year and a half during that time my bills just piled up and down in the basement I went since then I’ve been trying to pull aheadto make a long story short 20 years later I get a letter in the mail that says whoever took my disability case back in 82 made a mistake on it and I should have been getting it since then$600 a month isn’t much but it helps I think it escalated to $804 things couldn’t come at a worse time Christmas I get a letter in the mail they deducted $200 from my $804 check well what am I gonna do I have two grandchildren they have deadbeat dads if it wasn’t for me they would have nothing all my money that I get from my disability goes to my bills which isn’t even enough for that I really need help for Christmas have been praying to God to just give me one streak of good luck desperately seeking help god bless and thank you
Living in New York is a challenge this is the first Christmas that I will not be able to get my wife a gift and I don t even have money to pay rent and cable because the Labor department felt it necessary to suspend my weekly benefits right before Christmas. I have worked in the same place for 5 years until the company became private and I got the boot.I just felt I have to vent all I ask is for prayers God bless you all.
Hello. I’ve never used a site like this before.
I’m a parent to 6 children and my 5 child (a girl) is disabled
I’m looking for some help with Christmas as this year I’m really struggling. Any help would be highly appreciated
I’m a single mother of five. Ive always been able to give my kids a Christmas but I’ve been laid off and im looking for work. Im not sure if I’ll have the money to do anything for my kids this year and I dont want to disappoint them. I was hoping someone could tell me what to do because I dont know how to go about it.
Hi I am a single mother of 2 boys and can not afford anything for Christmas this year and feel bad about it this is the first year that there may not be a Christmas in my house and would love some help to put a smile on their face on Christmas morning any help is appreciated thank you in advance for all the help
Im a single mother of a 13 yr old with CP and have my son nd his wife living with me , due to him loosing his job, at Christmas we will have 3 children in our home. I’m not able to work I was put on medical leave due to I need heart surgury, so now I’m worried about not having gifts for the kids on Christmas morning. I need help to make my child and grandchildrens Christmas at least good, great would be my gift, know they had something to open. Thank you
I’m a single father with two boys 7 and a 8 year old. the reason for this short request is that when it comes for asking for things I’m embarrassed. But me and my Boys dident have a christmas last year it was very emotional for us, stressful, depressed and full of sparrow & tears. so with a lil hope and faith this year and god willing, a wish may came true. always a forgotten family….c/r the formiller family.
I I’m a mother of 3 kids im not working right now i need your help its really hard trying too things by my self. Can you pls help me i have two girls in one boy i don’t work right now i want my kids too have a great Christmas i hope you can help me
raising 3yr old grandaughter husbands ssi check stopped until end january.we living on 267. bring home time bills and gro. npthing left .would appreciate help making this little girls christmas a good one she likes books coloring dolls not hard to please happy with anything.She wears a size 3 toddler and a 6.5 to a 7 shoe thank you
I am a 47 year old man with no job I’m a Pipefitter by trade but got laid off work about 2 mounths ago I haven’t found any work to pay bills let alone Christmas I have three kids that live at home. Two18 year old sons and a 14 year old daughter Christmas is not going to be good for us this year but I’m believing God for a miracle if I can please get some help or a job I’m a hard Woking person I do know different craftes I’m a handyman carpenter election sheetrock roofing plumbing. Thanks the