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Christmas House, located in Everett, has been providing holiday assistance to children in in Snohomish County since 1981. The organization has a holiday store that provides an opportunity for qualifying, low-income, Snohomish County parents to select free holiday gifts for their children.
Northwest Harvest may be able to provide assistance with holiday meals.
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I am looking for agencies that help needy families for Christmas.
By melony from Kent, WA
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If you are low enough income to be getting help from the Department of Social Services contact them. In the town where I live all the agencies that help low income families at Christmas time have a clearing house where people can apply for that type of help. I don't know if it is the same in all states or not but in SD the clearing house is under the Help Line program. I think all states have something like that. Other wise contact the closest Salvation Army. Toys for Tots operates in most larger size towns during the holidays. If you can't access things like that, what I did when my kids were little was if they needed a new item of clothing that is what they got.
People have given excellent suggestions. I just thought I'd mention a food service that's available to anyone to save on groceries, it's called:
This link might help. Good Luck!
I know the TF staff linked in a comment I made on this question last year. I'm posting again anyway!
We have an organization called the Holiday Bureau. You can probably contact your church or job and family services and they can give you some affiliations to this.
Good luck and Happy Holidays.
Where can I find free Christmas gifts for low income families?
By Rose from Kent, WA
Look in the phone book, there are all kinds of different places that do things like that. If you are talking about for kids, some of them have age limits. There is the Salvation Army, Toys for Tots, etc. Also call 211, it is a nationwide organization, called HELPLINE that keeps a listing of different charities. There was a time more than 20 years ago that I needed that type of help, but I found these organizations on my own.
Redhatterb gave good advice. Also, having a low income does not necessarily equate to being entitled to 'free gifts' for Christmas. There's a difference between low income and being truly 'needy'.
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Charities that offer help during the holiday season in Washington. Please post feedback about any charities you may know about.
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Call Social Services, the sooner the better! (11/24/2005)
By Susan Holmes
Check with your schools, they all have lists of charities to help out families in need with toys, food, etc. Good luck and Merry Christmas. (12/04/2005)