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I'm in need of help with Christmas this year for my kids. I can't provide for them with the income I get. Can you guys please tell me where can I get help?

By Lena from NY

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November 8, 20110 found this helpful

Call 211, it is a nationwide Helpline that has a list of different organizations that do different types of things to help people. The Salvation Army also provides some help, however in a lot of areas all of the charities that provide Christmas help band together into one large organization and work together. The majority of these charities don't provide gifts for kids above the age of 12. Talk to your social worker and see if they know of any places that provide help. Also talk to your pastor about it. Also one gift per kid would be plenty, even if it is a $5.00 t-shirt from WalMart.

You could also get by giving them each a small gift from a dollar store or even a thrift store. You can also start your shopping in January, buy one gift every so often. I do that and have had my shopping done for at least a month. I spend $20.00 each on my adult kids and $20.00 each on my four grandkids that range in age from 15-25. If I find a $20.00 item on sale for $10-15.00, it still is counted as a $20.00 item. Kids now expect way too much in the line of gifts. They don't need designer items and the expensive toys advertised on TV. I no longer ask my grandkids for hints, because every couple days they change their minds, so I get what I think is appropriate. I wouldn't be able to do this if I waited until the last couple of months to shop. You can also talk to friends about where to get help. Don't your kids have grandparents and aunts and uncles that will give them gifts.

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November 8, 20110 found this helpful

Hi Redhat,
I'm not sure where you are in NY, I used to live in the Albany area. You can check the yellow pages for social services and it will list many agencies. If you live in the Albany area, there was a place in Troy called Unity House Street Ministries. They can help you find resources. You could also call your local hospital and ask for social work. There are often agencies and offices looking to adopt a family for Christmas. May you & your family find what you need. Glad you posted.

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November 8, 20110 found this helpful

My apologies I meant to address you Lena in NY. Sorry about that.

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