Struggling at Christmas


Christmas is supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year, but even more so for families with children who are deep into the Christmas Spirit. For many parents though, this time of year brings heartache, guilt, and dread due to lack of funds. We all know that Christmas is not about the gifts, but a little holiday joy can sure go a long way. If you are one of those parents who are struggling, now is the time to reach out and get help.


Toys for Tots is a volunteer-run program that donates toys to parents who cannot afford to buy them for their children 0-14 years old. Low income families must register through a social service agency. Agencies include, but are not limited to:

Addiction Services Thames Valley

Atlohsa Native Family Healing Services and Zhaawanong Shelter

Boys and Girls Club of London

Carrefour des Femmes du Sud-Ouest de l’Ontario

Children’s Aid Society

Clarke Road Shelter

Community Living London

Crouch Neighbourhood Resource Centre

Glen Cairn Community Resource Centre

Hutton House Learning Centre

Keeping Kids Warm

London Abused Women’s Centre

Merrymount Children’s Centre

Mutual Aid Parenting Program

N’Amerind Friendship Centre

Oneida Nation Headstart Program

Pathways Skill Development and Placement Centre

Single Women in Motherhood

South London Neighbourhood Resource Centre

Teen Challenge Farm

Thames Valley Children’s Centre

Women’s Community House

WOTCH Community Mental Health Services

Unity Project

Vanier Children’s Services

Salvation Army Christmas Hamper/Angel Tree

The Salvation Army collects toys through their seasonal Angel Tree’s and provides families in need with a Christmas hamper filled with food for a traditional Christmas meal and a gift for each child. For more information, please see their website or contact the local office.

School Board

If your children are of school age, you may be able to receive help from other families within your board. Teachers and principals will often put forward names or information about families in need in their school which will be supported anonymously by different groups. Please contact someone in your child’s school that you are comfortable sharing with.

Local Church

Many churches and parishes in London provide Christmas hampers or gifts to families in their parish or area. Some may be limited to parishioners only, some will be open to anyone living within the area. Parish staff may also be able to refer you to other places that can help you at this time.

Do not be afraid to ask for help and do not wait. Most people fall into a position of needing help through events that are out of their control and it is nothing to be ashamed of. Services are there for you.


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Jill has lived in London for her entire life, other than a brief hiatus for school. She has three children and is trying very hard to get them excited about her passions: yoga, Harry Potter, food, and books. If you have something you think LondonMoms would be interested in, you can contact her at

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9 thoughts on “Struggling at Christmas

  1. tracey pohl says:

    im a mom of 6 this year I am really in need .A lot happened in the last year it would be wonderful if i got a little help this year . God bless if you could help my family In this time of need . I would be forever great full 6477811712 or 5199517373

  2. Marcia says:

    I am a mom 3 and Christmas is crazy this year. I have tried to get help but because my kids are young teens, I cant seem to find the help for there age. Normally things would be good, but having a children with heath concerns and at hospital for double weekly apt and hospital admissions gets very costly. I am on ODSP and well you can hardly get anything from them. Anything will help this year. Merry Christmas

  3. Shimal says:

    I am a single mom of 2 little boys I really need help with Christmas this year I am on Ow and Anything will help this year please and thank you

  4. Shareena says:

    Hello I am a single mother living in London ontario struggling financially. I have 6 children if there is anyone who can help me this Christmas it would be greatly appreciated as I am on a fixed income please contact me at 647-667-6886 Thank you kindly God bless

  5. Jodi says:

    i am a mother of 2 and have had a bad year with a business closing and messing me over for pay and a fneral i had to assist with payment. if there is helpout there please text me 226-349-9340

  6. Mary says:

    Hi guys I’m a single mom with two kids under five there dad abused us and I finally separated from him he took everything and were struggling to even keep a roof over our heads unfortunately I’m not able to provide the Christmas my kids deserve this year do to financial situation I’m in im on ow and I barely covering a all the bills any help would be appreciated thank you guys and god bless you all my name Mary and my phone number is 226 224 8496

  7. Melissa bailey says:

    Hi I’m a mother of 5 children I’m on odsp and am struggling this yr for Christmas we had to put our family pet down due to medical reason an it’s a very hard time this yr if anyone could help pls contact me at 226-289-3574 thank u

  8. Jackie Groves says:

    Happy holidays and Merry Christmas everyone. While I make sure I smile everyday for my kids, it’s gotten difficult this year. Being a single mom paying rent, bills and all of the other expenses of family life, it’s taken it’s toll on my Christmas joy due to the fact that I can’t afford it this year. I recently moved to London with my 5 boys and I’m hoping that there’s some help for us out there. God bless and thank you for the help I’m about to receive in faith. Jackie, 226-448-0887.

  9. Tonya Lamont says:

    This holiday season i could really use some help I’m on odsp shuggleing to pay bills and make Christmas good for my boy’s if you could find it in your heart to help i would be ever so greatfull god bless you, please contact me at 2262243114

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