Steel City Mom


​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 asap so I can add it to the ask for help logo
Play it Forward Pittsburgh 
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:

  • Valid ID or driver’s license
  • Proof of Need (Access Card or proof of government assistance/ unemployment)
  • Birth Certificate for each of the children for whom you’re requesting toys
  • 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
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
Food and free meals at Thanksgiving or Christmas is available, including Turkeys and the toppings.

Union Aid Society
601 Thorn Street
Sewickley, PA, 15143
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

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 asap so I can add it to the list.

Happy Holidays!

– Carol


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