• Carol A. Gerner

Where to turn for the Holidays

​The holiday season is here, which means anxiety, stress, pressure and more strain on your already stretched bank account. As a parent, you want to give your kids the world but sometimes the money is just not available. What do you do? Well, thanks to the wonderful organizations and generous people in Pittsburgh you will be able to put something under the tree and food on the table.  I have listed some of the places you can go to for help. If I missed one please email me at carol@steelcitymom.com asap so I can add it to the list.

Saturday, December 17, 2016

8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

David L. Lawrence Convention Center

1000 Ft. Duquesne Blvd.

Pittsburgh, PA 15222


Toys for Tots Open House

Dates: Friday, Dec. 9 and Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016 Times: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Location: Pittsburgh’s Strip District, 2839 Liberty Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15222 (rear entrance) Need to bring:

  1. Valid ID or driver’s license

  2. Proof of Need (Access Card or proof of government assistance/ unemployment)

  3. Birth Certificate for each of the children for whom you’re requesting toys

  4. Utility bill, phone bill or other proof that you live at the physical address listed on your other information Please note that all gifts are donations and are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.


North Hills Community Outreach 1975 Ferguson Road Allison Park, Pennsylvania, 15101-3235 Main phone number is 412-487-6316 They have many seasonal programs and solutions. The examples include vouchers to buy turkeys, free winter coats, toys at Christmas for low income children, and also Spring Share baskets. Referrals may be provided to other celebrations as well.


Catholic Community of Bloomfield 4712 Liberty Avenue Pittsburgh, PA, 15224 For information on applications, call 412-682-5353 Programs include a free food pantry. Other assistance in Allegheny County includes a Soup kitchen for meals, clothing drive and Christmas gifts, including for youth and infants too.

Jubilee Association Heinz Family Center 2005 Wyandotte Street Pittsburgh, PA, 15219 Dial 412-261-0373 The agency will hold a Christmas dinner.


Salvation Army Centers of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County 6017 Broad St, Pittsburgh, PA, call (412) 362-0891 12751 State Route 30, Irwin, PA 15642 8020 Frankstown Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15221 225 W Main St, Carnegie, PA 15106, telephone (412) 276-4757 They will operate programs such as Angel Tree and offer meals for seniors and the low income. There are multiple centers, and a sampling is above.


WTAE-TV’s project Bundle-Up

Project Bundle-Up is a program that helps children and seniors purchase their own new winter outerwear. Since its inception in 1986, Project Bundle-Up, a joint effort of The Salvation Army and WTAE-TV, has provided new winter outerwear for disadvantaged children and seniors across Western Pennsylvania. Through annual fundraising efforts and the community’s generosity, more than 5,800 children and seniors are helped annually.  Project Bundle-Up serves children ages 0-18 and seniors 62+ throughout Western Pennsylvania.


Compassion Connection – Toy Treasures program 2725 Bethel Church Road Bethel Park, PA 15102 412-835-8900 The toys available at Christmas are discounted. So parents will need to buy them. However the savings may be what some consider to be substantial. Games, books, trucks, and much more can be sold on site.

Lighthouse Holiday Programs 1302 East Cruikshank Road Butler, PA, 16002 If the individual or family used Lighthouse services earlier in the year, then they can participate in the Thanksgiving or Christmas programs. Food, meals, gifts, toys, and games may be passed out.


Wilkinsburg Community Ministry 702 Wood Street Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 15221 412-241-8072 Food and free meals at Thanksgiving or Christmas is available, including Turkeys and the toppings.


Union Aid Society 601 Thorn Street Sewickley, PA, 15143 412-741-9240 They only offer assistance for the immediate Quaker Valley School District. There may be free Thanksgiving and Holiday gift cards, meals, and other food items for the poor and less fortunate. Throughout the course of the year, the non-profit also provides emergency aid.


New Song Community Church 4767 Library Road Bethel Park, PA, 15102 Main phone number is 412-283-0888 The Bountiful Blessings program is seasonal. It can help the poor and people facing a crisis. The charity may have Thanksgiving meals, Christmas toys and gifts, and even back to school supplies for the low income.


Rainbow Kitchen Holiday Program 135 East 9th Avenue Homestead, Pennsylvania, 15120 412-464-1892


North Hills Community Outreach Millvale Office, 416 Lincoln Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA, 15209, main phone 412-408-3830 North Boroughs, 100 South Jackson Ave, Bellevue, Pennsylvania, 15202, 412-307-0069 Referrals to holiday programs, financial aid, and other support is available.


Light of Life Rescue Mission 10 East North Avenue Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 15212 Call 412-803-4120 for hours and availability. Free holiday gifts, lights, and toys may be passed out.


Wow! Can’t believe how many places there are. I know I am missing a few. If I missed one please email me at carol@steelcitymom.com asap so I can add it to the list.

Happy Holidays!

– Carol

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