For people who have fallen into hard times, Christmas is a tough time of year. The good news is
that there are many organizations in the Kansas City Metro area that are dedicated to helping struggling parents
and giving children Christmas gifts.
You can often find Christmas stores at churches and other nonprofit organizations. You can also
apply for Adopt a Family programs.
Angel Tree - Adopt an Angel Program
JCPenney and The Salvation Army have joined force and launched the Largest Online Angel Giving
Tree Program. From the beginning of November until December 14, for the first-time ever, customers can adopt and
shop online for Angels at jcp.com/angel.
Metropolitan Lutheran Ministry Christmas Store
Every year MLM volunteers make Christmas possible for hundreds of Kansas City families. Working
throughout the year, money is raised through special events to purchase gifts, corporate contributions are sought,
donations are received.
Metropolitan Lutheran Ministry's Christmas Stores provided gifts, bibles, blankets and meals to
nearly 1200 families, making this program the second largest gift giving program in the greater Kansas City
Salvation Army & KUDL ADOPT-A-FAMILY program
You can apply to be adopted in the KUDL ADOPT-A-FAMILY program. You will be receiving gifts as
well as gift cards for a family Christmas meal. All of the families served by this program have to apply
for and qualify for assistance through one of five area Salvation Army locations or The Guadalupe
Toys for Tots
The Toys for Tots Program is run by the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve. The mission of
the Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year,
and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to needy children in the community in which the campaign is conducted.
To obtain toys for your children or for someone else's children, you need to fill out an
application form and provide your name, phone number and address. You will also provide the ages and gender of
your children and request that Christmas toys be provided for them. The Toys for Tots Coordinator will contact