Many people find themselves in a financial bind during the holiday season. This bind seems to come earlier and earlier each year. With the current economic crisis in full swing, many will find themselves struggling just to pay their bills let alone be able to purchase presents.
Charity doesn’t have to be one sided and if you are in a bind this holiday season, you can get help paying your bills, getting food in your home, and even getting presents for your children.
If you think you will need help, contact the organization as soon as possible to make sure there is plenty of help available. The sooner you contact them, the more chance you will have to get help. Remember that families who need the help the most will take priority. Some places, such as food pantries, soup kitchens, and other charity meal providers need only proof of your financial need and they will distribute food to you.
How do you contact some of these organizations? The first place to start is your local Department of Health and Human Services which is run by the state that you live in. They will help you determine if you are eligible for temporary state aide such as food stamps and other monetary assistance. They will be able to point you in the right direction for assistance and aide if they cannot help you.
Local utility company
Your local utility companies may have assistance programs as well which may help you reduce your monthly bills on a temporary basis so that you pay them and keep your lights and heat on. If you are a member of a church or religious organization, speak to your pastor or rabbi about your problems. Many times they will offer you money that is not expected to be paid back in order to get you through difficult times.
Organizations like Toys For Tots will help you get toys and gifts for your children, and the Salvation Army can assist with clothing and toys as well. All you have to do is ask, and there is nothing wrong with asking for help when you need it.