Monday, August 26, 2013

Holiday Assistance for 2013 in Toledo, Detroit and How to Look Elsewhere

The Salvation Army for northwest Ohio has already announced the dates and times at which people in Lucas, Wood and Ottawa county can apply for holiday assistance for 2013.  People in the know are aware that the time to think about holiday assistance is now--many agencies that function as "Christmas clearinghouses" gear up in the early fall.  Of course, Julie's List for southeast Michigan and metro Detroit has a holiday help listing that really shows how it's done.

So you may want to start identifying the Christmas clearinghouse agency in your town. That's the agency that coordinates holiday gift and toy services, so that they are spread around equitably. If your community has 211 services, you might want to start asking there.    Another good place to start asking is the local Salvation Army   They might not be the clearinghouse for your town, but they will know who is.  The Toys for Tots Foundation has a searchable database that lets you put in your zip code to tell you where to apply in or near your town. 

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