There are organizations all over the country that distribute toys to children in need during the holidays. So if you're not in a position to buy gifts this year, because money is just too tight, know that help is available.
And if asking for a "handout" feels too uncomfortable, remember that it's not for yourself, it's for your kids -- who deserve the experience of tearing off that wrapping paper and finding a surprise chosen just for them. Remember, too, that not every year will be like this one. When your situation improves, you'll be able to give back what you've received, and more.
So go ahead and make the call. Start with Toys for Tots, which is one of the largest toy charities in the country. Other sources of help include your local food pantry, nearby churches, and civic organizations.
And if you're not in need of assistance this year, do your part by making a donation. It may even become one of your favorite holiday traditions!
Additional Toy Charities
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