Welcome to OperationSantaSearch.org!
Locate Local Toy Drives & Organizations
Although OperationSantaSearch.org doesn’t supply gifts and financial aid directly,
We do try to assist you in locating local organizations that can help.
Steps For Seeking and Receiving Assistance
It is with great pleasure that Operation Santa Search provides referral assistance to families experiencing financial hardship this holiday season. It is the fervent hope of every volunteer at Santa Search that everyone has a warm, safe, and loving Christmas free from worry and despair.
There are a variety of agencies in your area that can be of assistance during the Christmas season:
Your Children’s School:
If your children are of school age, please contact your children’s school. Many schools have programs to assist with gifts or maybe able to steer you to some additional resources . Ask at the front office or have a private chat with the school counselor or principal. These programs are private, nobody knows who they’re helping and nobody is going to know you asked for help.
- Visit the United Way website and enter your zip code at the top of the page.
- If in Canada, please visit the United Way Canada website and enter your postal code in the grey box on the right side of the page.
- For all other areas, please search Google for “United Way ______“ and include your country name.
Both the United Way and Salvation Army can help with larger needs such as utility assistance, transportation referrals and more. United Way funds the majority of care organizations and they are an absolute wealth of knowledge. We highly suggest keeping their number on file and turning to them whenever you ask yourself "Where can I find help for _______”.
Many areas have 211 service to reach your local United Way, give it a try!
Toys for Tots: (Only available in the United States)
- Visit the Toys for Tots website, click on`Request a Toy`, select your state, select your county.
Additional Search Suggestions:
The following steps can be done in the United States and Canada. Other countries may not be as easy however feel free to give it a shot.
- Using Google, type in Food Bank, Food Pantry, your City and State/Province to find a list of food banks and pantries in your area.
(ex: Food Bank Food Pantry Springfield Ohio).
- Remember to inquire with the food bank or pantry to see if they are aware any toy drives and don’t forget to inquire about possible Thanksgiving and Christmas Baskets.
- Using Google, type in Christmas Assistance, your City and State/Province.
(ex: Christmas Assistance Springfield Ohio).
- Using Google, type in Holiday Assistance, your City and State/Province.
(ex: Holiday Assistance Springfield Ohio).
- Using Google, type in Catholic Charities, your City and State/Province.
(ex: Catholic Charities Springfield Ohio).
- Using Google, type in St Vincent de Paul, your City and State/Province.
(ex: St Vincent de Paul Springfield Ohio).
- Last step here is to go to Google, YellowPages.com or grab your local phone book and call Churches and Organizations in your area. Many of them have programs even if you’re not a parishioner or can refer you to some other local agencies for assistance. They also tend to know about programs that don’t have a website or way to contact them online.
Other organizations that can help with the food, utilities, school supplies and other resources are:
- Suntopia - Enter your zip code at the top of the page, or check zip codes of neighboring cities as well
- Help When You Need It - Enter your address & select a category to find help.
- Food Pantries - Select your state from the list to find your city and services near you.
- Homeless Shelter Directory - Click on your state on the map, on the top of the page you'll see Rental Assistance and other options. If you scroll down and select your city at the top of the next page you'll see Food Banks and other options as well.
- Need Help Paying Bills - Review the information presented on the home page, then scroll down to select your state and find even more resources close to you. There is a lot of information on this website. We suggest using CTRL + F on your keyboard to use your search window to find the things you need as you go through the various pages such as School Supplies, Rent Assistance, Clothing, etc.
If you are a U.S. Military Family:
- For any U.S. Military families in need of assistance, please attempt the above steps and should you find yourself seeking further help, please send an email to ElfElderNutcracker@gmail.com. Please be sure to provide your status (Active Duty/Reserve/Retired) and your nearest installation.
If you have a pet and seeking assistance:
Plus if you can get help for your pet, maybe you’ll have some extra cash for gifts and other household needs.
We hope you find the above helpful this holiday season and year round!
Operation Santa Search is happy to assist parents in finding organizations that can help in providing a wonderful Christmas for their families. If you are in need of assistance this Christmas, or know of a family that does, please follow the steps above or refer them to our website. Our primary contact and email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have a blessed and Very Merry Christmas!