The holidays can be a magical time of year. There’s a different feeling in the air—of wonder and joy, that feels unique compared to any other time of year. Though the season can evoke much happiness and excitement, it may also create stress and challenging expectations for some. Financial stressors and limitations can be especially difficult this time of year.
Holiday celebrations can symbolize something different to each person. Special traditions and pastimes may not center around gifts or feasts. The holidays can be what you make of them. But it’s important to know that for those who may need a little extra help in carrying out their holiday activities, there are resources available to help.
- Salvation Army
- Offers seasonal services and holiday assistance programs to help families in need with holiday dinners, toys, and clothing.
- The United Way
- Provides information and referrals for holiday assistance programs in the community.
- Toys for Tots Program
- Distributes new, unwrapped toys during the holidays to children in need through community outreach and support efforts.
- Catholic Charities Services
- This group and other local religious organizations may offer seasonal assistance based on location. Contact groups directly to inquire of services available.
- Lions Club organizations may also have holiday assistance programs available in the community.
- County department offices of family/social services may have additional holiday assistance and resources.
- Local schools in the community may know of holiday assistance programs for families.
- Community food banks may also be able to offer holiday assistance programs in the 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.