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The Society of St. Vincent de Paul in Phoenix sponsors an "Adopt a Family" program that provides families in need during the holidays with a holiday meal and a gift for each family member. Look under "Programs and Services" on their website for more information.
The Association of Arizona Food Banks may be able to assist with holiday meal food items.
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How do I find help for my kids for Christmas?
By Mandi from Queen Creek, AZ
Call the department of social services and ask if they know where you can receive help. Most places the Salvation Army sponsors some type of help. However where I live most of the charities that help do have income guidelines. Just because a person is having a difficult time right now, doesn't mean that their income will qualify. Just as an example I know a woman who thought she could get out of paying child support to her "ex" because she lost her job more than a year ago, but she had to take in her last income tax papers, and the papers showing how much she received in a severance package. and she has to pay child support, and all she has done is squander the severance package, and a really large income tax refund.
All each kid in a family really needs is one gift and that doesn't even have to be an expensive one. When my girls were 2-3 years old they always had a new dress to wear to the Sunday School program and when we got home after they were in bed they dress got wrapped and put under the tree. When we opened the gifts a week or two later they had forgot about seeing the dresses ahead of time, then they each got one cheap toy, none of which were advertised on TV. I start my shopping no later than February, and on a total income of $700 a monthly retirement social security, no pension or savings; I spend $20.00 each on my Aunt and cousin, $40.00 each on my two adult daughters, and $20.00 each on my four grandkids that range in age from 14-24. I have also told the grandkids that when they get into a significant other type relationship and will be having that person spend Christmas with me, that they no longer get a gift because I can't afford any more relatives. It can be done with planning ahead.
I am wondering if you can help. I am wondering if there is help to get Christmas gifts for my children who are 14,15 and my pregnant daughter who is 19. I am unemployed and in need of some help. Who can I contact?
The charities that I am aware of that help with Christmas gifts have an age cut off limit of 12-13 years. The application deadline is also past for most of them. Being you are unemployed you must have a social worker with the Department of Social Services, talk to that person and see if they have any ideas. Where I live there is a church sponsored college that one of the clubs in the college is collecting gifts for teenagers. I don't know what is available where you live. Also speak with your pastor, sometimes they will take up a special, anonymous free will offerering for a needy family in the congregation. Your kids are also old enough to know when times are hard they might not get gifts.
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Charities that offer help during the holiday season in Arizona. Please post feedback about any charities you may know about.
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