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Holiday Assistance

Families who are having trouble affording gifts or food this holiday season may find assistance from local resources. Many of these programs have early deadlines, so please apply for assistance as early as you can. 

To find help in the NC 2-1-1 database search by: 

For holiday meal and gift giving programs, search:   

Christmas Programs

Christmas Meals

Need more options?

There may be other programs in your community that help with holiday gifts. 

Local Programs

  • Local Rescue Squads and Police Departments in some areas offer gift programs. 

  • Your area’s Department of Social Services (DSS) may be able to direct you to other resources not listed in our database. To find the DSS in your county, visit the NC DSS Local County Directory.

  • Local churches and schools may also know of holiday programs. 

National Programs

  • Toys for Tots sponsors gift giving programs during the holiday season. Click here to visit their nationwide website.

  • You will find the links to local Salvation Army programs in the Christmas Programs link above. If  you’d like to visit the Salvation Army’s national website, click here.

Want to Help?

If you can  help those in need this holiday season, please consider donating through one of the many agencies who are offering assistance this year.

To donate to families in need:  Search Holiday Donations

To find Holiday Volunteer opportunities:  Search Holiday Related Volunteer Opportunities 

Need more information?

Dial 2-1-1 or 888-892-1162. Our call specialists are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

Prepared by: NC 2-1-1 (AW)   

Date Updated: October 11, 2017


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