Debbie's Deals: How to get holiday help from Salvation Army, Volunteers of America, Toys for Tots

If you need food help or toys for your kids this holiday season, now is the time to apply.

There are many organizations that help families during the holidays, but most need you to apply early.

Salvation Army

Families needing toys for children, or grocery store gift cards, need to apply this week. There are six locations in the Denver Metro area where you can apply through Friday, November 10. Call 303-295-3366 for locations and hours.

You'll need picture ID, 30-day current proof of address like a utility bill or lease and birth certificate or school records for all children in the house.

Salvation Army meals

The Salvation Army will be offering a Thanksgiving meal on Nov. 23rd and a Christmas meal on December 23rd at the Colorado Convention Center from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Toys and Meals

The Denver Inner City Parish is offering two community dinners at Thanksgiving. No registration required.

  • November 20, 2017, 6 p.m. @ College View Community Center. Special thanks to First Plymouth Congregational Church for making this event possible.
  • November 21, 2017, 6 p.m. @ 1212 Mariposa Street. Special thanks to St. Andrew United Methodist Church for making this event possible.

Learn more about the dinners here.

The Denver Inner City Parish is offering a Holiday Toyland where parents may pick out a gift for each of their children. 

The Toyland is Friday, December 15, 2017 at 1212 Mariposa Street. Please arrive at 8 a.m. to select your lottery ticket, which will determine the time you are able to select gifts. There is no need to arrive earlier, as your shopping time will be randomly selected. Guests are welcome to leave and return at their designated time. You will need ID for your kids, but please do not bring the kids. Learn more here.

Holiday Toy Shop

The 8th Annual Dolls for Daughters and Toys for Boys Toy Shop will provide assistance to 5,000 children ages birth to 18 on Saturday, December 2, 2017. Toy shops will be in Denver, Fort Collins, and Longmont, Colorado Springs, and Rifle. Learn more here. Thanks to Alex for this tip.

Volunteers of America

The Volunteers of America's Basket of Joy program provides nutritious baskets to more than 5,000 people each holiday season in December. You can sign up to volunteer or suggest a recipient here.

Santa Claus Shop

The Denver Santa Claus Shop works with local social service, welfare, charitable, religious and housing agencies and organizations, etc., inviting their clients to the shop to choose toys for their children. If you need help providing toys for your family this holiday season or know someone who does, admittance is by invitation only and only for Denver County residents.

Families must be registered and referred to the Denver Santa Claus Shop by a social service agency such as Catholic Charities, Denver Human Services, Denver Public Schools' Homeless Education Network, Colorado Coalition for the Homeless or Head Start. Learn more here.

Toys for Tots

Toys for Tots has been helping families during the holidays since the 1940s. Toys for Tots gives toys to dozens of organizations that in turn, give those toys to needy families. For a list of local organizations, visit the Toys for Tots website.

Other

If you have a social worker, or are working with a social service agency like Catholic Charities, a local Human Services agency or the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless, ask them directly what services or advice they might have for your family to find holiday help.

If you know of a local organization offering free holidays meals to the community, or helping families with gifts or other items, please email me, Deb.Stanley@kmgh.com.

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