Need Help Making the Holidays Bright? Here's Who Can Help in Erie.

Groups and organizations working to make holidays bright for all kids

By Kara Murphy November 19, 2020

Need help this holiday season in Erie? Here are Erie organizations and groups working to make the 2020 holidays bright for Erie, Pa., kids. If you find yourself in need of help in Erie this holiday season, one of these groups can likely help you make sure your children have presents to open Christmas morning. 

Want to donate? See our list of where to donate new or gently-used toys and other items here.

Toys for Tots

Deadline to apply to take part is Friday, Nov. 20! Fill out an application here.

Santa Shop Erie

Contact through Facebook to be added to the list of families in need of gifts this holiday season. Distribution: Tentatively scheduled Dec. 20-21

Little Free Pantries

Keep an eye on a little free pantry near you. Supporters of Little Free Pantries will be distributing gently-used toys and other winter items to those locations in the coming weeks.

Little Free Libraries

Stocked with free books, many for kids and perfect for giving during the holidays! Find a Little Free Library near you.

The Elves that Help

This is like Project Secret Santa. The group is made up of secret gifters. Join their Facebook page if you have a child in need of a sponsor for children this holiday season.

Get Warm at the Square

Gloves, hats, jackets and blanket distribution Nov. 21 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at Perry Square. 

Know of a group, organization or event we're missing? Let me know at and we'll add it to the list!


Don't miss Macaroni Kid Erie's 2020 Holiday Fun Guide! 

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