However, even the Christmas Spirit requires some help in today's world. There are certain individuals and families that fall under the low income bracket. These families cannot afford a lavish Christmas like most of us do. Thankfully, there are various institutions that ensure Christmas is not a cold and bitter night for them.
These programs contact families that are in need and check whether they fulfill criteria that programs have. Non-profit organizations like the United Way, charities like MyTwoFrontTeeth and Toys for Tots offer assistance to low-income families. JoyJunction is another non-profit donations-only organization that extends Christmas help to families in need.
Normally, major retail chains provide accommodation for such programs to be conducted in their premises. The Salvation Army is a protestant Christian Church known for its charity work. They help them by providing them with Christmas toys, clothes and food. You can talk to the pastor of the church you belong to and seek Christmas help.
How Christmas Help Reaches You
Here's how the distribution of gifts actually happens. Parents and adults are invited to select the gifts they wish for their children and relatives. They are then gift-wrapped. Because children are not present during the event, children think that the gifts have come directly from their parents and relatives.
It is important to maintain anonymity in such programs so that the kids from low-income families don't feel low. While some programs offer help this way, there are others who require family members to register online and express their wish to get Christmas help.
Such Christmas help for families who live a hand to mouth existence is an excellent way of ensuring a dignified process for parents, family members and relatives to celebrate a meaningful and warm Christmas with their families.
Though there are many institutions that ensure Christmas help for low-income families, everyone can help a bit on a personal level. If you do know of anyone who would not be affording to buy Christmas gifts or celebrate Christmas this year, you and your friends can collect a small sum and donate to help them celebrate.
Another great way of finding families in need for their Christmas celebrations is the Internet. There are various forums and websites which act as a go-between for people who wish to help such families during Christmas.
However, one has to be careful and do a certain amount of research before deciding to help a low-income family found over the Internet, like anything and anyone else found on the web. Non-profit organizations and charity groups make good use the social media to inform the masses about their Christmas help programs.
They send out mails or post messages on social networking websites about their charity programs for Christmas. So, it advisable to keep checking these websites as also the official websites of charity organizations. If you meet the criteria they have for extending Christmas help to low-income families, they will be more than happy to help you.
Sometimes, you can even collect all your old toys, clothes and anything that is in good working condition and gift it to anyone you know who needs help this Christmas. Believe me, spreading the Christmas cheer makes you believe that a little bit of help goes a pretty long way.