How families can give and receive help this Christmas

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CBS 6 viewers wanted to know how to connect with organizations that are offering assistance to families during this holiday season, after hearing about a local hero who puts $10,000 of his own money forward each year.

CBS 6 reporter Shelby Brown set out to find which groups are still accepting applications from families in need.

Across the area we found volunteers dropping off donated toys, stacking them high and organizers gearing up to make the holidays brighter for families.

Wayne Hall, President of the nonprofit organization Holiday Helpers in Ft. Lee, said they’re still accepting active duty and retired military families, even veterans.  He said that although they are focusing on helping military families, they don’t have to live there to qualify for assistance.

Other military families in the area with ties to Ft. Lee, who can show their need could be eligible.

Hall said there are three ways that families can qualify.

They must be nominated through unit commanders, or the chaplain’s association, or families can contact the Army Community Services to explain their need.

The Army Community Services can also nominate families to Holiday Helpers.

“Sometimes service members are deployed. Sometimes family members are alone. Sometimes they have different stressors. This is a way to give back to our service men and women. They can come in here and shop and get gifts for their children,” Hall said.

Holiday Helpers are accepting the family nominations until  Nov. 29.

One single mom who contacted CBS 6 News tells us tough economic times have her strapped. Like so many others, she’s not sure how she will fill her two children’s Christmas stockings.

"It is worrying me a little, yeah. But, I think that they will be happy with anything they get for Christmas,” Lauren said.

CBS 6 News also found out about another organization that is still accepting holiday help requests. It’s the Radio One Toy Drive.

Miss Community Clovia said they are collecting new, unwrapped toys in donation bins at City Hall and at all city fire stations, until December 11.

The toys are intended for age groups ranging from newborns to teenagers.

radio one

There will also be a huge toy drive on December 9, 10 and 11, at the Walmart on Sheila Lane.

“We will be there from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. each day," Clovia said. "We are asking people who can, if you have extra this season when you go to purchase toys for a family member, pick up one for another kid."

She explained that the toys collected during that three-day drive will bring in the bulk of the gifts that will help families who need it most.

Radio One is partnering with Mayor Dwight D. Jones and the city in this effort.

If you can’t donate during the three-day drive, you can stop by any city fire station with your new, unwrapped toys and look for the decorated bins.

“It’s for families who work every day and after their monthly expenses they just can’t afford any extras, in particular gifts for their kids, so this is for families who are falling through the cracks,” Clovia said.

If you would like to receive free toys from the Radio One Toy Drive, Clovia says they need to hear from you no later than Nov. 30.

In a letter, you must submit the following information: name, phone number, address, your child’s age and gender.

That information needs to be either mailed to or dropped off at:
2809 Emerywood Parkway, Suite 300
Richmond, VA 23294

Again that letter must be in the radio station office no later than November 30th.

Other well-known organizations like the Christmas Mother tell CBS 6 they are already at capacity with the number of families they are assisting this season.

They are, however still accepting monetary donations that will be used to fulfill their commitment to the families who already signed up.

The Colonial Heights/Chesterfield Christmas Mother Diane Starke says they will be helping close to 5,000 people.

They could still use volunteers to meet them at the Chesterfield Fairgrounds on Dec. 10 - 14 to help distribute the items to families.

Starke says all you have to do to volunteer is show up. You can also call 748-1183 for more information on sponsoring a family in need.


  • leandrea robinson

    dear lord I pray that my kids have a Christmas this year.applied for like five jobs Orange Park Mall understand you’re not hiring for seasonal my two sons and mom I’m going to have Christmas and yes believe in Jesus he’s going away forgot to have a Christmas.

    • Ronny Harris

      Im a family of five me my three kids and husband.We are in need for help for my 11yr.daughter,15yr daughter.and17yr son they are in need of clothes and shoes for Christmas if some one can please help me think you

  • Julixa Davis

    Im a mother of 10 kids and a happy housekeeper at the dunes village resort in myrtle beach sc struggling to make ends meet n pay bills barely can stay afloat. Please help us

  • Tonia

    I really need help for my family this year been out work with a heart attack 6 my family 7 year old 10 year old and 16 year old And a 19 year old see you send me giftcards So can go buy my family presents too put under tree that would be a big help this inclue me my husband my no is 803-687-3875 if youll have any questions.

  • Katrena Dowd

    Dear helpers. I need help for Christmas.. I have a 13 yr old and 18 year old boys.. I know 18 but he is just out of high school and still unemployed . Their dad died a couple years ago and I lost a quarter of my income . I still work but I need to bye food and pay bills .. Hunter is wanting a lap top and clothes for winter and the oldest needs clothes and money for gas and food for himself… I live at 5733 A Bramblegate Rd. Greensboro NC. 27409 if anyone would like to help…

  • Jessica

    im asking that someone that someone please help my kids this year they believe in santa but we have no finances to help their beliefs remain..please help

  • christina villavicencio

    I’m a single mom who has a 10 yr old daughter who is on the spectrum she really needs new clothes and coat and boots for Christmas she was born premature and we have been struggling with heat and electric bills I have recently lost my part time job and became very sick with copd and am not able to work if anyone e could help I would be very grateful bless you amen

  • tonia

    Please HELP my family for Christmas not able work do too Issues with my heart attack have a 17 year old and a 19 year old gifts cards be great thanks

  • Michael Jackson

    I’m looking for help for Christmas I have 4 kids 3 boys 1 girl ages are 9 10 12 14I’m just looking for some assistance this is possible if you can thank you email me back

  • stacey rivers

    I would be graceful if I could get help with my 17 year old he still in high school ,I been trying get ssi due to my back which could put me in a wheelchair ,he did not get Christmas last year its been hard but GLORY BE TO GO BETTER IS COMING.

  • ana

    I’m a mother 2 kidz living in Pakistan. My husband have very low in come.I need help for Christmas n education of my kidz plz thank you

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