Christmas Help in New Jersey

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.

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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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