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 Illinois.
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Feeding Illinois, formerly the Illinois Food Bank Association, may be able to provide assistance with food items for families in need during the holiday season.
The Walter & Connie Payton Foundation sponsors a Holiday Giving Program that helps provide holiday gifts the state's neediest children.
Catholic Charities provides services to a number of counties in the Chicago area. Programs include "Sponsor-A-Family" and a Holiday Outreach Program.
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Here are questions related to Illinois Christmas Charities.
How can I get 3 little boys signed up for Christmas help? Their dad works but doesn't make enough for any extras and their mom is a stay at home mom. Their ages are 10 months, 2 year old, and a 3 year old autistic boy. Anything would be greatly appreciated.
By Lucinda Sentlinger
By redhatterb 11/18/2014
You can't tell me that this family can't afford to go to a dollar store and buy each kid a small toy. Each kid only needs one gift. As far as that goes they are young enough yet that being they don't go to daycare or anything, if certain adults didn't talk about Christmas they wouldn't know about it. It could be just another day.
That being said I know they can get toys at dollar stores, and if the family is that hard up clothing items might be more practical and you can go to WalMart and get t-shirts for no more than $5.00 each. Also thrift stores have nice used and new items. Call 211 it is a nationwide helpline number that has ideas of different help organizations. At this time it might even be too late to apply for Christmas help. Low income families have to start planning ahead. Start their Christmas shopping in January, buy one gift a month and by Christmas time they should have 2-3 gifts for each kid. Put a drastic price limit on the amount spent on the gifts. Kids don't need any of the items that are seen on TV.
I live in Alton, Illinois and I was trying to find anyone who can help me to get Christmas for my son. He's disabled and the only income we have is SSI. If anyone could tell me where to get help I would be very grateful.
I live in Champaign and need help with getting Christmas for my 3 yr old son. I am unable to work and draw a SSI check and can not afford much at all for my son.
By jenny73 from Champaign, IL
By jenny73 11/08/2011
I now but my son has been very spoiled up till a few months ago me and his father split up. and hes not getting everything like he was b4. It's horrible, cause I now there are a lot of children out there that have nothing at all. i just wanna be able to give him a half way decent Christmas. its been hard on him cause his daddy is in TX and I have not been around much been in and out of hospital a lot so hes been with his aunt and uncle a lot. thank you!
We have moved to the Bloomington/Normal area. It is now just my 5 year old daughter and myself. I am currently very ill and on disability, trying to get well to go back to work, but right now it is a terrible struggle. How can I find things and food for my child for the Xmas season. I have always paid it forward when I was so successful and when I could work. I am hoping to find some help now. I am so hoping I can start paying if forward once again in the future. Thank for your time.
By linda lush 11/01/2011
I live in Bloomington, call Path at 827-4005, that is an info and referral line, they have a list of various agencies that give help. They also have a list of food pantries. Ask about Thanksgiving and Christmas help, and do it asap as it is getting close to the deadline for some of the helps.
Charities that offer help during the holiday season in Illinois. Please post feedback about any charities you may know about.
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By SNIGDIBBLY (Guest Post)12/01/2005
CALL YOUR LOCAL UNITED WAY OFFICE. THEY HAVE A LIST OF CHARITABLE AGENCIES IN YOUR AREA WHO OFFER ASSISTANCE AT CHRISTMAS. CONTACT YOUR LOCAL WELFARE OFFICE FOR FOOD STAMPS, MEDICAID AND CASH ASSISTANCE. CONTACT LOCAL COLLEGES AND MEET WITH A FINANCIAL AIDE OFFICER WHO CAN GIVE YOU THE PAPER WORK FOR PELL GRANTS AND STUDENT LOANS AND ADVISE ABOUT WHAT KIND OF SCHOLARSHIPS ARE AVAILABLE. CONTACT YOUR LOCAL EMPLOYMENT OFFICE FOR UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION IF YOU HAVE WORKED MORE THAN 3 QUARTERS OUT OF THE LAST 4.