Where can my family find Christmas help this season?
If your family doesn’t qualify for Helping Seacoast Families for Christmas, there are other organizations that provide holiday gifts for families. Depending on where you live in New Hampshire, you can contact the following charities for more information:
The Salvation Army Angel Tree Program
According to their website, this Salvation Army program is offered to children from low-income families. Infants and children up to age 12 are eligible for free gifts, toys, and clothing. (Senior citizens who are 60 years and older can also receive help from the free Angel Tree program, too.) To qualify, applicants must meet income guidelines that are established by their Salvation Army local center. During the application process, parents can include the clothing sizes and special requests for gifts. This information is then transferred to paper “angels” along with the child’s age, gender, and first name. The trees that have these paper angels are placed in high-traffic areas during the holiday season, including area shopping malls, stores, post offices, and other locations. Your child’s name can be selected by community members who can opt to buy any of the items listed. Many businesses often contribute to the program as well. Other Salvation Army programs include Adopt a Family and holidays meals programs. For more: www.nne.salvationarmy.org.
Toys for Tots
Run by the United States Marine Corps, this program has been collecting and delivering gifts to children since 1947. This year, the program will not be distributing to individual families but will be working with local nonprofits to identify families in need. If you are a family looking for help, New Hampshire Toys for Tots asks that you contact New Hampshire Catholic Charities, the Salvation Army or your local Head Start program. For more: www.toysfortots.org.
Operation Santa Claus
This program, run by volunteers from SEA/SEIU Local, works with the state Department of Health and Human Services to identify children in need of help. DHHS serves as the intake organization, which means the organization can only help children who have received state services. For more: https://www.seiu1984.org/osc/
Front Door Agency
Each year, the Front Door Agency accepts applications for holiday assistance from income-qualified families in need. Individuals, businesses, churches and other organizations “adopt” these families, fulfilling their wish list and providing toys and warm clothing to children in our own community. This program is for the Greater Nashua area. Go to Eventbrite to register for 2019 Front Door Agency Holiday Program.
If you know of any additional organizations helping New Hampshire families this holiday season, email information to firstname.lastname@example.org.