Get free Christmas gifts or food by mail or home delivery.
When someone needs help during the holidays, some charities may deliver free Christmas gifts by mail. Or they use volunteers to deliver the toys and presents to the homebound. While it is not common, it may be possible to get free Christmas toys, presents, gifts or even boxes of food by mail. Find more information on how to apply and how the process may work.
Any type of assistance is not common. Generally, Christmas toys, groceries, or gifts are delivered by mail to either (1) the homebound, (2) people who lack transportation to a distribution site, (3) a family that lives in a rural area or that is not near another holiday program. The homebound may be someone who is sick, a senior citizen, or disabled person. Some free Christmas presents may be delivered by mail to someone who lacks the means to get to a local charity program, such as an Angel Tree distribution site or Toys for Tots partner.
Types of holiday assistance offered by mail or home delivery
There are a few agencies and programs that may do this. One is Meals on Wheels, which operates year round including at Easter, Thanksgiving, and the Christmas holidays. Volunteers will deliver free hot meals or frozen food boxes to the homebound, and during the Christmas season they may also deliver a small present at the same time. Meals on Wheels is a national service that uses donations, and when funding allows, they may also arrange for the client to get a Christmas gift via mail.
Some of the other holiday assistance programs may deliver gifts in the mail to a very low income family that just does not have transportation. Maybe they lack a car, bus routes near them, or any means to get to a local agency.
The fact is America is a very big country. Millions of people live in rural as well as sparsely populated areas. They may also have kids who need some type of free Christmas toy or gift, but they live tens of miles away from a holiday assistance program. In these cases, some charities, including the Salvation Army, may deliver a free gift in the mail. Or Toys for Tots may also try to meet the needs of kids who need a Christmas gift but who parents are not ear a site; they too may arrange delivery or send some items in the mail.
Where to apply for free Christmas toys and gifts in the mail
As noted, there are a few options above. However, this type of assistance is not common and (if offered) is done so on an exception basis. In addition, applications for mail delivery would also need to be completed, as well as approved, early in the process to account for the extra processing as well as mail time. The places to try for assistance include Christmas assistance programs from the Salvation Army as well as a local Toys for Tots service.
As far as free holiday food or groceries by mail or home delivery, Meals on Wheels home deliveries is always an option. This is generally for the homebound (sick, elderly, or disabled). Or, for general referrals, try a food pantry for holiday meals or groceries.