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 Pennsylvania.
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Hunger-Free Pennsylvania, A Network of Food Banks and Charitable Organizations, may be able to help provide meal assistance for low-income families.
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Goodfellows Holiday Toy Fund provides toys for Christmas to area low-income children. The fund was established in 1947 and relies on the support and generosity of Post-Gazette readers.
Catholic Charities of Pittsburgh helps area families in need and may be a source of assistance during the holiday season.
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I got this off the site http://www.stvincentdepaul.net "if you need assistance with utility bills, a food box, or other financial assistance, please call the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Help Line at (602)261-6878."
I am looking for help in Hanover, Pennsylvania, for my 2 young boys, their 19 year old sister and my soon to be 1 year old grandson. My husband and I split, he is having trouble with having a good Christmas for the kids. I am trying my best to help him with everything so I thought I would try this. My boys, their sister, and the baby all live with him in Hanover PA. He finally got a stable job after bouncing back and forth via temp agencies and unemployment due to the economy.
We always donated in the past to different places to help families so now I am hoping we can get help so the kids have a good holiday. Like I stated the kids live with him and I try my best, but I can't give them everything they need. Please help. Thank you so much!
By Pamela Kohutek H.11/17/2011
I know that here in Texas that the police dept. has a program called Blue Santa. They will take the toys that were donated straight to your door and kids not only get gifts but also a visit from Santa. If they receive donations of the sort, they will also donate things like towels, robes, slippers and such to adults. Contact your local police dept. to see if they have a program like this. I pray they do and that you all can have a wonderful Christmas.
Where do I go or who do I call about assistance for Christmas help for my child? We just moved to Penn, Pennsylvania in September 2012 and we do not know many people and do not even have family close. As a matter of fact I left my two other children back in Utah. I have a son 18, and an independent daughter that is 25.
I moved here to be with my husband. He took a job out here in January to better himself and our family situation, as we were paying for two households while he was here and we were in Utah.
I can't afford to buy my daughter Christmas this year and I have always tried to do for others around this season as I know how hard it is around the holidays. My son was forced to move out on his own due to our relocation and he is struggling too, so please help me provide for my two children. I am in great hope that somehow someone will reach out to us this year! So if anyone has any contact information for me it would very much appreciated. Thank you.
By Shelly from Penn, PA
Talk to someone in your church. They may know a place that will help. There is a place in our town that has donations for sale but anyone in need can have anything they have in stock.
I live in Erie, Pennsylvania. I have two boys ages 3 and 5 and a daughter who is nine. I am trying to find help getting them stuff for Christmas. I lost my job about a year ago so now I stay home with my kids.
You have to have some income to allow you to stay home with the kids. They are in school part of the time, you could be flipping burgers. That being said, Every place that I have lived talks about the places that help with things like this on the news. There is the Salvation Army and all areas have that. There is also Toys for Tots. I'm sure there are others. Being you have to have some income, you could have been buying one thing a month and putting it away. Also your kids must have grandparents, aunts, and uncles, etc. that give the gifts. Another thing kids only need one gift each. WalMart has quite nice t-shirts for less than $10.00. They also have inexpensive CDs and DVDs. They also don't need designer clothes or electronic gadgets.
My family and I recently moved to Pittsburgh. I am on unemployment and I am the head of my household as my husband and 14 year old daughter both have a disability. I am looking for help to get them a few Christmas gifts as our financial situation does not allow for any extras. Please let me know if there is anywhere in the Pittsburgh area that could assist me.
By Stacie S. from Pittsburgh, PA
My husband and I were in a similar situation a few years back when we both were laid off at the same time. We did eventually find jobs but I remember being scared to spend any money on anything other than the real basics.
A friend of mine turned me onto Swagbucks at that time. It is one of those online survey websites, but it's not one where you have to provide real personal info. To this day I still do as many surveys as I can because you start getting gift cards as little as $5 for 500 points.
Swagbucks is one of the biggest survey rewards platforms and if you and hubby start now (you both can have an account) you should be able to get some decent gift cards. I generally save my points for bigger gift card amounts but this being so close to Christmas and them taking up to 7 days to deposit the gift cards in your account, you may want to just get as many small ones as you can.
I gravitate towards Amazon and Best Buy but they also have Walmart, Paypal and many other sponsors. The only drawback I've noticed is that it seems you have to use the gift cards online, but that's why I stick with Amazon because of the free shipping.
So far this year, I've averaged about $30 - $50 a month and it's really helped with diapers and things like that. For Christmas, we won't be spending any of our own money and everyone will get something nice/decent. Good luck with everything and I hope this helps you.