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Every year ThriftyFun gets numerous requests from people looking for help for their families for Christmas. Since we do not have the resources to offer direct help, we have set up this guide to help people find charities in each state. This is a guide about finding Christmas charities in New Jersey.
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December 2, 20111 found this helpful

The Camden Rescue Mission features a "Lend a Helping Hand" program during the winter holidays with a focus on providing aid to families in need. Their organization gathers and distributes food, toys, and clothing.

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Kinnelon Borought Food Pantry provides holiday food baskets to families in need.

Second Chance Toys gathers and distributes gently used plastic toys to children in need.

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November 19, 20135 found this helpful

My workplace is looking for a family in need in NJ. Last year we did the Adopt-a-Family, which worked out very well. Last year I actually knew of a particular family. This year I do not, but I would like to keep the program going. Any suggestions?

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November 21, 20130 found this helpful

My significant other and I have 2 and a half year old little girl named Ryleigh. Ryleigh also has a half sister, Leila 6, who we get every other weekend and this Christmas is our year for her to spend with us. I have been looking for charities in our area to help us provide a few gifts for our daughters, so far we only found one who will give each girl one toy. Financially we just barley have enough for monthly bills let a loan Christmas.

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Any help would be more then appreciated. My name is Sharon, Lamar is their father and we live in the city of Camden. Lamar is a manager of a shoe store but it doesn't allow for even a few gifts for our girls. If you know of any assistance please email me at sharonaspics AT aol.com

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November 22, 20130 found this helpful

Hi, where in NJ are you? I'm looking for help myself. I lost my spouse 5 years ago and this year lost my mom. I'm struggling myself, Had hip surgery, out of work and taking care of my disabled sister whose 49 years old. She had a bad car accident age 18 and needs clothes n winter coat badly, plus my 18 year old daughter. I'm helping taking care of my sister. It's very tough for us this year if you need more info please get in touch with me. Thanks

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November 27, 20130 found this helpful

I read that your workplace is looking to adopt a family. My two daughters are my family. They are 13 & 11 and worthy of a Christmas. If there is any help you can provide, I would be so grateful.

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December 6, 20130 found this helpful

I am a family of six. I wish I could find someone to adopt my family. Thank you.

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October 21, 20160 found this helpful

hi i am not sure if you are looking for a family to adopt in NJ but we have a very interesting story i would like to share. we are in desperate need of a miracle. please contact me if you or you know anyone that would be able to help. i would love to share our story with you- Jenna

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October 21, 20160 found this helpful

hi im not sure if ur looking again this year, but my family needs a miracle and finding someone to help for Christmas would deff. be a start. we have a pretty interesting story that I would like to shar with you. please reach me if you or your work or if you know anyone that might be able to help this year. if ur looking or might be able to help please email me and I will fill you in on what's going on and why. we need help this year! thanks

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November 8, 20160 found this helpful

I am in need you can contact me

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November 10, 20160 found this helpful

Hello, I read that you are looking to adopt a family, I am a single mother of a beautiful little girl. she is seven years old. She does not a father. we do not have much of a family. We have each other my mother, she has a step sister that just lost her mother to cancer two days before Halloween. We are going through alot right now, we are facing losing our home we rent because ur landlord wants to move in which we heard is legal so we could be told to leave. We just had to pay 1,000 to get our van out of repo so my daughter can get to her doctor appointments. She is a severe asthmatic and I am currently out of work. I just would like her to be happy for Christmas considering she knows alot that is going on, kids are so smart these days. Thanks for your time. K.V.

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November 10, 20160 found this helpful

Hi I am a single mom of four girls I just had to move back in with my parents my kids father was abusive and is no help I could really use the help my kids are 2 3 5 8 if you all ready gave a family I understand and thank you for your time. My name is Kristen by the way hope you have a lovely holiday.

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November 17, 20120 found this helpful

My 5 teenagers and I lost our home and currently live in a motel in Absecon, New Jersey. Every place I call says my kids are too old. Anyone have an idea?

By Diane

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November 19, 20120 found this helpful

I noticed on the right hand side of the page request is a link for help in New Jersey. I will try and think of something else but my mind is blank at the moment,

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November 19, 20120 found this helpful

Try your local churches. Many should have Angel Trees where the childrens names will be placed on it with an idea of what they would like and someone at the church will buy it wrap it and place the name back on it. The presents will then be ready for distribution.

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November 19, 20120 found this helpful

I am am ELK. Contact your local BPOE (Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks) We help families. Also, most lodges do a free Thanksgiving dinner for families and singles. A lot of people are alone for the holidays and it's a place to be welcomed. There is no charge. Your teens may even be willing to volunteer to help serve etc. But they don't have to. I would also contact churches.

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November 19, 20120 found this helpful

Try some local churches; usually churches will "adopt" families for Christmas. I know my church is adopting a sigle mom and her children who range in age from 1 year to teen-agers. Also check with the Salvation Army.

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November 21, 20130 found this helpful

Diane,

I am a Registered Nurse from Tampa, but I am from NJ and know many people with very big hearts who would like to help you over Christmas fill your wish list for your teenagers. Please contact me back. We would like to help make your Christmas special.

Happy Holidays, Tami

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November 1, 2005

Charities that offer help during the holiday season in New Jersey. Please post feedback about any charities you may know about.

Editor's Note: Do NOT post here if you need help. ThriftyFun does not have resources to give direct help to those in need.

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December 1, 20050 found this helpful

YOUR LOCAL UNITED WAY OFFICE IS A CLEARING HOUSE FOR ALL CHARITABLE AGENCIES IN YOUR AREA.

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December 1, 20060 found this helpful

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Here is a list of Charity Organizations that may be able to help. They are listed by name, number and then county.

Agencies Listed Alphabetically (View agencies listed by county)

Army Community Service 609-562-4245 Ocean

Army Community Service 609-562-4245 Burlington

Atlantic Human Resources, Inc 609-348-3901 Atlantic

Bayonne Economic Opportunity Foundation 201-437-7229 Hudson

Bergen County Community Action Program, Inc. 201-968-0200 Bergen

Bergen County Community Action Program, Inc. 201-968-0200 Bergen

Bethel Development Corporation 856-327-9092 Cumberland

Bloomfield Department of Health and Human Services 973-680-4017 Essex

Bromley Neighborhood Civic Center-Hamilton Twp. 609-587-8100 Mercer

Burlington County Community Action Program 609-835-2464 Burlington

Camden County Council On Economic Opportunity, Inc. - CUI 856-964-6887 Camden

Camden County Council On Economic Opportunity, Inc. - North Center 856-966-4453 Camden

Camden County Council On Economic Opportunity, Inc. - UWC 856-365-8989 Camden

Camden County Council On Economic Opportunity, Inc. - West Berlin 856-767-3320 Camden

Cape Human Resources 609-522-0231 Cape May

CASA PRAC 856-692-2331 Cumberland

Cathedral Community Development Corp 732-826-8207 Middlesex

Catholic Charities - Archdiocese of Newark (Cranford) 908-497-3966 Union

Catholic Charities - Diocese of Camden (Atlantic City) 609.345.3448 Atlantic

Catholic Charities - Diocese of Camden (Camden) 856.964.2133 Camden

Catholic Charities - Diocese of Camden (Penns Grove) 856.299.1296 Salem

Catholic Charities - Diocese of Camden (Rio Grande) 609.886.2662 Cape May

Catholic Charities - Diocese of Camden (Vineland) 856.691.1841 Cumberland

Catholic Charities - Diocese of Metuchen (Middlesex) 732-826-9160 Middlesex

Catholic Charities - Diocese of Metuchen (Middlesex) 732-826-9160 Middlesex

Catholic Charities - Diocese of Metuchen (Somerset) 908-722-1881 Somerset

Catholic Charities - Diocese of Trenton (Delanco) 856-764-6940 Burlington

Catholic Charities - Diocese of Trenton (Lakewood) 732-363-5322 Ocean

Catholic Charities - Diocese of Trenton (Lakewood) 732363-5322 Ocean

Catholic Charities - Diocese of Trenton (Trenton) 609-394-8847 Mercer

Catholic Charities - Newark (Essex PAC) 973-266-7991 Essex

Catholic Family & Community Services 973-279-7100 Passaic

Center for Food Action (Elmwood Park) 201-703-9857 Bergen

Center For Food Action (Englewood) 2015691804x0 Bergen

Center For Food Action Northwest (Mahwah) 201-934-5085 Bergen

Centerville Outreach Ministries, Inc. 856-342-7215 Camden

Community Action Partnership 856-451-6330 Cumberland

Consumer Credit Counseling Service of New Jersey 973-267-4324 Morris

Dress for Success 201-451-8600 Hudson

East Orange Division of Senior Services(East Orange Seniors Only) 973-266-8832 Essex

Essex County Division of Community Action 973-395-8350 Essex

Family Service Association (Egg Harbour Township) 609-569-0376 Atlantic

Family Service Association (Pleasantville) 609-272-8800 Atlantic

Freehold Area Open Door, Inc. 732-780-1089 Monmouth

Hamilton Township Senior Services (609) 890-3686 Mercer

Hammonton Family Community Center 609-567-2900 Atlantic

Hope Community Development Center 201-833-8588 Bergen

HOPES Inc. - Family Resource Center (Hoboken) 201-876-2935 Hudson

HOPES Inc. (Hoboken) 201-656-3711 Hudson

Interfaith Neighbors, Inc. 732-775-0525 Ocean

Ironbound Community Corporation (Essex & Hudson Counties) 973-589-3353 Essex

Jewish Family & Children's Service of Greater Mercer County 609 987-8100 Mercer

Kearny Department of Public Health 201-997-0600 x3511 Hudson

Lakewood Resource & Referral Center 732-942-9292 Ocean

Lean on Me Agape Ministries (Mays Landing) 609-476-4100 Atlantic

Lion of Judah Faith Center, Inc. 609-656-0300 Mercer

Long Branch Concordance 732-571-1670 Monmouth

Middlesex County Economic Opportunities Corporation 732-324-1580 Middlesex

Middlesex County Economic Opportunities Corporation (Somerset County) 732-324-1580 Somerset

Mizpah Inland Human Services, Inc. 609-476-2002 Atlantic

Monmouth Cares (Agency Clients Only) 732-222-8008 Monmouth

Monmouth County Division of Social Services (Atlantic Highlands) 732-872-3200 Monmouth

Monmouth County Division of Social Services (Freehold) 732-431-6118 Monmouth

Monmouth County Division of Social Services (Neptune) 732-502-5800 Monmouth

Morris County Organization for Hispanic Affairs 973-644-4884 Morris

New Community Corporation 973-824-7994 Essex

New Shoes International 973-273-0955 Essex

Newark Emergency Services for Families 800-696-7063 Essex

North Hudson Community Action Corporation 201-866-9320 Hudson

NORWESCAP (Hunterdon County) 888-454-4778 Hunterdon

NORWESCAP (Sussex County) 888-454-4778 Sussex

NORWESCAP (Warren County) 888-454-4778 Warren

Ocean, Inc. 732-244-9041 Ocean

PACO 201-217-0583 Hudson

Paulsboro Community Development Center 856-224-1401 Gloucester

People Help of Sussex County 973-729-1745 Sussex

Puerto Rican Action Board 732-886-9395 Ocean

Puerto Rican Action Board, Inc. 732-828-4555 Middlesex

Puerto Rican Action Commitee (Pensgrove) 856-299-5800 Salem

Puerto Rican Action Commitee (Woodbine) 609-861-5800 Cape May

Puerto Rican Action Committee - Salem/Cape May 609-861-5800 Cape May

Puerto Rican Action Committee - Salem/Cape May 856-299-5800 Salem

Puerto Rican Association for Human Development, Inc. 732 442-1081 Middlesex

Rahway Community Action Organization (RCAO) at the JFK Center 732-382-9311 Union

Saint James AME Church - Social Services Corporation 973-624-4007 Essex

SASCA-Hispanic Social Service Center 609-835-1111 Burlington

Save Latin America, Inc. 201-271-7474 Hudson

Social Service Association of Ridgewood (covering: Ridgewood, Glen Rock, HoHoKus, Midland Park, Waldwick and Wyckoff) 201-444-2980 Bergen

Somerset Community Action Program, Inc. 732-846-9888 Somerset

St. Francis Community Center, LBICC 609-494-8861 Ocean

St. Matthew NIDA 973-678-8955 Union

St. Matthew NIDA 973-678-8955 Essex

St. Vincent de Paul 609-698-7477 Ocean

St. Vincent de Paul Society (Holmdel) 732-224-1395 Monmouth

St. Vincent De Paul Society - Ascension Church (Bradley Beach) 732-774-4113 Monmouth

St. Vincent de Paul Society - Holy Eucharist Church (Tabernacle) 609-268-0005 Burlington

St. Vincent de Paul Society - Holy Family (Keyport) 732 264-8132 Monmouth

St. Vincent de Paul Society - Holy Innocents Church (Neptune) 732-922-4242 Monmouth

St. Vincent de Paul Society - Holy Innocents Parish (Neptune) 732-922-4242 Monmouth

St. Vincent de Paul Society - Holy Trinity Conference (Long Branch) 732 222-3216 Monmouth

St. Vincent de Paul Society - OLPH (Highlands) 732-872-1290 Monmouth

St. Vincent De Paul Society - St. Aloysius (Jackson) 732-370-0098 Ocean

St. Vincent de Paul Society - St. Barnabas (Bayville) 269-2208x134 Ocean

St. Vincent de Paul Society - St. Catharine's (Holmdel) 732-224-1395 Monmouth

St. Vincent de Paul Society - St. James Conference (Red Bank) 732-741-0500 Monmouth

St. Vincent de Paul Society - St. Joseph's (Keyport) 732-290-1878 Monmouth

St. Vincent de Paul Society - St. Mary's (Barnegat) 609-698-7477 Ocean

St. Vincent de Paul Society - St. Peter Claver Parish (Asbury Park) 732-988-5310 Monmouth

St. Vincent de Paul Society - St. Rose of Lima (Freehold) 732-303-1793 Monmouth

St. Vincent de Paul Society - Visitation (Bricktown) 732-477-0028 Ocean

Test Agency 609-555-5555 Atlantic

The Christian Caring Center-Pemberton, Inc. 609-893-0700 Burlington

The Crisis Ministry of Princeton and Trenton (Princeton) 609-921-2135 Mercer

The Crisis Ministry of Princeton and Trenton (Trenton) 609-396-9355 Mercer

The Cumberland County Office on Aging and Disabled 856-825-8707 Cumberland

The Salvation Army (Atlantic City) 609-344-0660 Atlantic

The Salvation Army (Montclair) 9737443312 Essex

The Salvation Army (Morristown) 973-539-2700 Morris

The Salvation Army (Newark) 973-623-5959 Essex

The Salvation Army (Salem) 856-935-0305 Salem

The Salvation Army (Vineland) 856-696-5050 Cumberland

The Salvation Army (Williamtown) 856-728-9840 Gloucester

The Salvation Army- Red Bank 732-747-1626 Monmouth

THE SALVATION ARMY/SALEM 856-935-0305 Salem

THE SALVATION ARMY/SALEM 856-935-0305 Salem

The Salvation Army-Bridgeton 856-451-0999 Cumberland

Township of Nutley 973-284-4977 Essex

Tri-City Peoples Corporation 973-676-5506 Essex

Tri-County American Red Cross 908-756-6414 Union

United Passaic Organization 973472-2478 Passaic

United Progress Inc. 609-392-2161 Mercer

Urban League of Hudson County 201.451.8888 Hudson

Urban League of Morris County 973-539-2121 Morris

Urban League of Union County 908-351-7200 Union

Volunteers of America 856-853-0350 Gloucester

Wayne Welfare Department 973-694-1800 Passaic

Westfield Community Center 908-232-4759 Union

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December 5, 20060 found this helpful

check with the churches in your area they can help you

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December 6, 2015

Does any one know where I can get help with Christmas? I have a 16 year old son. I'm a single mother. Everyone I call can't help or will not help because he is a teenager. if anyone knows of anywhere please let me know. I live in south Jersey.

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December 9, 2014

My sister-in-law is in a terrible situation. She lost her 1 year old baby boy (my nephew) to violence. She is struggling financially and has two other kids. Where can I sign her up for help with Christmas?

By Jeremy G from Lodi, NJ

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December 9, 20140 found this helpful

Most of the Christmas charities have a deadline of around Thanksgiving for taking applications, they also have an age deadline of 12 years. Each kid only needs one gift from their parents, and the gift doesn't have to be designer clothes or electronics or expensive toys. We all know Christmas comes at the same time every year and there is no reason a person can't buy one gift a month. As the uncle are you giving them anything? Also don't these kids have a Dad, grandparents and other aunts and uncles that will be giving them gifts? I also know a lot of people that do their gift shopping at dollar stores, and thrift stores. Also speak to your pastor about this, because sometimes they will take up a special offering for a needy member of the congregation. I was diagnosed with stage three cancer in mid-September and was really glad I had all of my Christmas shopping all done at the time and that includes buying for about 10 people. I am 74 and live off a total of $700.00 a month. By doing my shopping one gift a month I am able to spend about $15.00 on each person.

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December 11, 20140 found this helpful

redhatterb always has good foundational information that makes sense - for many people. I follow the same path so it is difficult to understand why families are not at least partially ready for Christmas.

It is true that some cannot "plan ahead" but as noted - even Christmas charities have to make plans in advance to be able to fulfill the ones they help.

At this late date she may be able to visit her local church or just try the local charities to see if they can help.

Maybe she should start with her (and her husband's) families since they must be aware of the circumstances.

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December 11, 20130 found this helpful

My sister recently lost her job. She's a mother of five. We also have a brother with disabilities age 16. It's very hard to buy them gifts this year. I recently had a baby girl and I have a 3 yr old son, so I am a currently stay at home mom. I feel so sad for the children this year it just breaks my heart that they will wake up with no gifts. They don't even have a tree. I wish I could get some advice for where to look for help. God bless.

By Melinda

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December 11, 20130 found this helpful

Most of the charities that are nationwide and provide Christmas help quit taking applications mid-November, this is so that they can do their budgeting. They also have age cut off limits of 12-13 years, and most of them don't let disabilities change their minds. Most of them also want proof of income, because what one person considers low income might not actually be low income. Also the the disabled boy should be receiving disability income, which should be going to your sister because I suppose she is caring for him.

Talk to your social workers at the Department of Social Services (I assume you both have them.) Also speak to your pastor, sometimes they will take up an anonymous special offering for a needy member of the congregation. One thing I have learned over my many years kids only need one gift each, and it doesn't have to have a designer label on it or be fancy electronic gadgets.

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December 10, 2015

I recently was staying in a shelter. My family and I are now in an apartment, but times are hard. Last year we did not have a Christmas. I don't want my family to wake up Christmas day with nothing under the tree. If you know anyone that can help, I would really appreciate it. I live in Elizabeth, New Jersey. The Salvation Army is no longer helping. Thanks so much.

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December 18, 20130 found this helpful

I have a friend who has two small children at home and her fiance just lost his job this week. They live pay check to paycheck so they were waiting till after they paid their rent to Christmas shop. After paying their rent his was laid off. She has an 11 year old boy and a 15 month old girl. She say's she's contacted several charities and all have full lists and cannot help. Does anyone know of any charities that don't have full lists and can help this family?

By Angie from West Windsor, NJ

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