Charities For Children and Adults at Christmas Toys For Tots Salvation Army Red Kettles

Times Are Tough

If times are tough for you this year, imagine how much harder things are for those who already were struggling before the economic nightmare of America?

We are all in hard times, even myself, as I sit and write this Hub I can't help but worry about the eviction notice that is looming over my family. But even though I am scared for my future, my eyes do not look away as I see the man on the corner holding a sign that reads," Will Work for Food."

I can't help but tuck a tear while watching families push a shopping cart full of every possession they own, only to wonder where they will lay there head tonight.

The Red Kettle

As you shop at the local grocery store or head to the mall with your Christmas list this year, take a moment to say 'hello' to the man or woman standing outside the door ringing the bell with the red kettle.

It is a Salvation Army volunteer.

The red kettle has become as much of a tradition as putting up the Christmas Tree. However, in our own financial despair, we have become immune to the bell and the red kettles meaning.

In 1891, Salvation Army Captain Joseph McFee was very disturbed with the fact that so many families in San Francisco were going to bed hungry. He vowed to make a difference. He planned to provide a free Christmas dinner to the poor. He recalled a time in Liverpool where a pot would sit at the shore of a boat landing. People would contribute to the pot to help the poor. He decided this to be the best solution. Soon after placing kettles he had enough money to feed those folks, and the red kettle spread throughout America.Today in the U.S., The Salvation Army assists more than four-and-a-half million people during the Thanksgiving and Christmas time periods.

Although I am struggling, I will donate. I will give Charity for Christmas.

These are not paid individuals that stand out in the cold and below freezing temperatures, these are real people fighting for all us to have dinners, clothing, and toys for our families in need.

I am hurting, but I have 5 or 10 cents, maybe even a dollar to spare. If all of us would just remind ourselves that we are really just a paycheck away from poverty, we would and can make a difference.

You can also donate online at the link provided. Donations of food, clothing,toys or your time can be made at your local Salvation Army.


Angel Tree

Prison Fellowship has begun the Angel Tree program. It is estimated that 1.7 million parents are in our Prison System  today. It isn't about the parent who commited the crime, it's about the child left behind. These children are left feeling abadoned, scared and forgotten. Children of incarcenated parents often have low self-esteem just due to not having regular contact from their parent. They often forget the care.

Angel Tree brings the greates gift of all to these children, love. For day of miracles, it really is to see the faces of these children as their parent reaches outside the bars of prison and into their hearts. With the help of a prison chaplain, Angel Tree receives applications from incarcerated parents that would like our help in sending Christmas gifts to their children. Churches are registered and children are assigned to churches. Church members then become 'sponsors' to these children. The sponsor purchases the gift and delivers it to the child with the parents written word as well as the gospels.

Truly a non-judgemental and inspirational message to send to a child. Online donations can be made at the link provided.

Make a Wish

Since 1980, the Make-A-Wish Foundation has enriched the lives of children with life-threatening medical conditions through its wish-granting work. Starting with a mere $15.00 donation from a local grocer, the wishes of these brave children have been coming true since.

It is hard on anyone to think of a child who is terminally ill. I cannot imagine the fear this child has, the heartache of the parents and the frustration of the medical team. What a beautiful thing The Make a Wish Foundation does.

Donate online at the following link, you have the power to offer a child and their family a day of dreams coming true.

Toys For Tots

Toys for tots Began in 1947, when Major Bill Hendricks, USCR and a group of Marine Reservists in Los Angeles collected and distributed 5,000 toys to needy children. The mission continues.

Drop off an unused toy at one of many Toys for Tots locations, at Christmas, coordinators,  local social welfare agencies, church groups, and other local community agencies, distribute the toys to the less fortunate children of the community. Many volunteers and local businesses contribute to this wonderful program. For many children around the nation who would normally have nothing to open under the tree, Toys For Tots gives children the smile they deserve.

For a store carrying the Toys For Tots donation centers, please follow the link provided. You can also donate online using Ebay, Amazon, or Paypal.

 Holidays are a time of giving. Give from your heart and offer Charity for Christmas!

Do You Need Help?

Due to the overwhelming outcry for help this year. I have added a Hub to help you find assistance with Christmas!

Again, I urge you not to leave your personal email in the comments, there are a lot of people who may appear to want to help you and will do just the opposite. Please press the link to the right for help!

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Comments 19 comments

DATR BURTON 5 years ago

I pray that god bless my children this christmas


karen gaskill 5 years ago

i have 4 kids and i am trying to find out how to get somee one to addoped my family for christmas .. for the last 4 year my kids have not have a christmas and know this year looks the same again and not having a car .. we wont be abble to get any were to sing up for thing so we can have a cristmas.. thank you if u can help me out plz e mail me at gaskillkaren01@yahoo.com


Mary Allen 5 years ago

i pray that i could get some help so my kids will be happy because last year welived in a motel


Amanda cartee 5 years ago

I really hope all who needs assistance this year with xmas for their kids find hope n howe things get easier for u all I'm a struggling parent as well with 3 kids my kids won't have xmas this year unless a miracle happens please pray for us as we will do the same!geez..i hope by the time I ever get a reply we ask still havea roof ova r head gods bless il try n keep my faith! Best wishes


Jeanie 5 years ago

The last few years, Christmas for my 3 daughters ages 9, 12 and 16 and my grandson 3, has been pretty much non existant. This year is so much worse. None of the children will have anything under the tree unless I am able to get a little help from someone. If I can atleast have one small gift for each child under the tree, that would be the best christmas ever. threegirlsaremine@yahoo.com. thank you


subwife85 5 years ago

Hello all. :) we are a military family on an extremely tight budget. My husband is currently underway and does not know that we cannot afford to give our 10 month old son a first Christmas. After bills we hardly have enough to cover diapers, much less food for ourselves...as long as our son has what he needs, we are happy. That being said, it humbles me to even ask for any asisstance, but it would be greatly appreciated if anyone could help us....whether it be an article of clothing for him, diapering needs, etc. I am grateful for all that we have, but it will break my heart if he doesn't get to experience his first Christmas. Thank you for your consideration and time. If you can help please email me at medwards643@hotmail.com


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PaulaHenry1 5 years ago from America Author

I appreciate your comments everyone, but remember that by leaing your email you are leaving yourself open to scam and betrayel! Be careful who and what you respond to! With that being said, for those who are worried about finding presents this year- please contact your local Salvation Army (the link is above)- they may add you to their list or advise you of assistance! Bless all of you now and at Christmas!


Valerie Brodie 5 years ago

This Christmas my family's going through a financial hardship. if we don't pay our rent and utilities we will be homeless i am a single parent with a disabled child.His name is Rahmelo, he wants very badly to receive a ds 3d and a game to go with it.but i can't afford it for him this christmas.it just breaks my heart because he is a very loving and respectful child . if there is anyway you can help my fanily can you contact me@darkskin1200@yahoo.com


tomeka peterson 5 years ago

Please i hope someone be a bless for my six kids for christmas.we have no money for kids this year at all.


michelle jester 4 years ago

I draw ssi and need help with Christmas would grealty be appreciated got 4 children need Christmas and I can't do it for paying my bills money is gone plz. Contact me at michellejester75@gmail.com


latishalogan 4 years ago

My family has been struggling for awhile now I ha e two children and I can't afford to do Christmas this year and it makes me feel like a horrible parent that I can't afford to get them Christmas presents. I would greatly appreciate the help. God bless. You can contact me at llogan.08.lala@gmail.com


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PaulaHenry1 4 years ago from America Author

Again, I appreciate all of your comments and feel for your situations. But PLEASE do not leave your emails. This is not an article to ask for help, this is to guide you in a direction to get help. I worry for your safety with leaving your personal info.....


Brenda Jones 3 years ago

Hello my name is Brenda i'm a38 yr old single mother raising a set of twins that just turned six 11/30/12, and also i'm raising my grandson who is , but will be six in January. I'm a hard time this year work Cproviding them with a half way nice Christmas. And if there is someone out there that could help it would be highly appreciated. Please contact me at brenluv2000@yahoo.com . Thank you again for your time .


Rebecca 2 years ago

I pray for my family and others this holiday season. I know being homless with 5 children can be rough. God has a plan for us. It's just a matter of time. Be patient, god will provide. God bless you all this holiday season.


lisa clontz 2 years ago

My name Lisa. I have 7 grandkids. I can't afford buy Christmas gifts or cook nice dinner for them.my husband been very ill.we have no income. I feel bad for asking for help.I just can't afford buy Christmas gift. 2 girls 4 boys.


Tiffany Frech 2 years ago

I need help with Christmas I have 5 kids and lost my job. I am just praying that my kids get Christmas this year.


Elizabeth 23 months ago

My name is Elizabeth, I'm a single mother I have 2 children if anyone can help me for a gift this Christmas


deknicka adams 23 months ago

I have 3 boys that I'm trying to do Christmas for they my children they some good kids and I'm having it very hard I can't do Christmas for them because I don't have the money I lost my job in December last year and been try to find another one but it is so hard all the money I get goes to paying bills and making sure that they have everything they need because they mean the world to me I will give them what ever they wat and need I just can't do it this time thank u and have a blessed day


Aida iris heredia 23 months ago

God bless you I have a little boy at my home 5 years old came from a home where he was abused and thank God know I am his foster mother and I want him to have a very special Christmas here his very special he wants toys I have buy him stuff but I really would like him to have better things better toys he deserve them,his on medecication he has a disorder and we have him on therapy and he wants a special Christmas I want to try and give him that he Cry's...and has nightmares cause of what he went through but his getting better we give him love,,and tender and caring love but sometimes he be very sad,he wants a very nice Christmas and me and husband are trying to make him feel very happy this Christmas and surprise him with lots of gift if you could help you will make this little boy so happy thank you God bless you.

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