The holidays can be a joyous time of celebration and cheer. But they can also be stressful and challenging. When it comes to expectations of what should be done throughout the holiday season, financial limitations can be especially difficult. For those who could use some extra holiday help, there are six programs that may be able to assist:
- Salvation Army offices offer seasonal services and holiday assistance programs to help families in need with holiday dinners, toys, and clothing. Search for your local office to inquire about direct programs and services and application deadlines.
- The United Way can offer information and referrals for holiday assistance programs in your community.
- Catholic Charities Services and other local religious organizations may offer seasonal assistance as well, though these programs can vary based on location. Contact the groups in your area directly to inquire of services available.
- Contact the county department of family/social services in your area, as their office may have additional holiday assistance and resources available.
- You can also check with local schools in the community that may know of holiday assistance programs for families.
- Community food banks may also be able to offer holiday assistance programs in your area during the season.
Many community assistance programs have specific application deadlines and requirements in order to receive holiday assistance by a certain time. Be sure to reach out to the resources to see what’s available in your area and how to apply.