Holiday Assistance Programs 2011

The holiday season is upon us, and there are many organizations that can provide resources for community members in need. Below is a list of organizations that can help, and perhaps you can help as well!

ABCD Turkey Assistance Program

The ABCD Dorchester Neighborhood Service Center (DNSC) is currently accepting applications for its Turkey Assistance Program. Contact your case manager for more details. If you don’t currently have a case manager, call (617) 288-2700 or visit the DNSC at 110 Claybourne Street, Dorchester, MA 02124 (a block past the intersection of Park and Washington Streets across from the old Lucy Stone school).

Project Bread FoodSource Hotline

When you call this toll-free hotline you can get screened for food stamp eligibility, receive referrals to emergency food programs in your neighborhood, and find information on food distribution sites and other programs supplying free or low-cost food. The hotline has translators available in 140 languages. Call at 1-800-645-8333.

Salvation Army Family Services

What: Seniors and families can receive food vouchers, a Christmas gift, and a coat.
How to register: Visit the Salvation Army at 1472 Washington Street in Roxbury. You must bring the following:
• Utility bill
• Photo ID
• Mass Health card
• A birth certificate for each child in the family
For more information: Call Family Services at (617) 236-7233 x2.

Mayor Menino Christmas Assistance

1 City Hall Plaza Boston, MA 02201
(617) 635-4000

Mail letter including name, sex, size, age of all children in the household and with contact information for the parent/guardian. Also on the envelope write “Holiday Help”.

Globe Santa

Each family requesting assistance must write their own letter containing the following:
• An explanation of the family's need
• The family's name, address, apartment number, zip code, telephone number, email address, and names, ages and genders of each child 12 years old and under.
• The letter must be countersigned by a licensed and registered social worker who has knowledge of the family and documented evidence or records of their need, or by a clergyperson who has up-to-date congregation census records and/or documentation of the family's need.

Mail requests to:

Globe Santa
P.O. Box 55820
Boston, MA 02205-5820