Christmas Help For 2009
Hello everyone, I do have to say that anyone still in need for Christmas, its pretty late in the day to ask and most charities already have their list together and are not accepting names. I will give you suggestions that may still be able to help you. I wish everyone luck and God bless.
Anyone with a legitimate need for themselves, children, or the elderly should contact the Marine Corps Toys for Tots (items for kids 0-16 yrs); the Salvation Army; local Lions Clubs often adopt a needy family for the season; the Red Cross will offer help; many police departments adopt a family for the holidays; Social Service agencies, VFW's, and churches offer help. Use the phone book and your computer to look. You can also check Human Services, they may have ideas on where to look in your community.Contact a church, any church, even if you are not a member they will help you or find someone who will help you. If you have a St. Vinnie's many of them have food pantries. If you have children in school contact the school principal and ask for any help they can give; Many of the Lions Clubs have mitten trees, even local libraries sometimes have mitten trees. You will have to do some calling, but once the word gets out about your need you will be surprised at the help you will get from your own community.
Also for free gifts for kids that have parents in jail. Contact "Project Angel Tree" on the web for a local chapter, (a Christian organization started by Chuck Colson of Watergate fame)
Check local goodwills etc... For new and gently used items. Sometimes you even come upon brand new items there. Make homemade soaps, as well as homemade bath salts, etc. Become a member of the local freecycle.com,, you will be surprised what you will find. I resently received from my freecycle a Xbox with 5 games for my two boys, they loved it works great and to them its new. I suggest that you start now doing all this as time is flying by and there are lots of people in need these days. Good luck and may God bless all of you.