Last minute Christmas help is out there, though hard to find

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NORTHEAST SIDE — Finding help this close to the holiday is no easy feat, so Fox 59 went to work to figure out what is still out there for families in need.

For those like Rachel Lewis, who realized late that they’ll have troubling providing Christmas to their kids, it has been close to impossible to find agencies still accepting applications.

“All the places I’ve called, it’s (past) deadline and they won’t help,” Lewis said.

Fox 59 met Lewis and her son John on a break from work Friday. John has been diagnosed with autism and they just lost benefits that Lewis had been getting to help him. Christmas for him and his sister is up in the air now.

“It’s just frustrating because I know they want Christmas and I can’t go and buy anything because I gave my whole check to my landlord so we don’t get kicked out,” Lewis said.

If you’re looking for help like Lewis is, you can take these recommended steps: call 211 if you haven’t already. Then, start calling local churches in your neighborhood.

Many churches will still do giveways close to Christmas.

One of them is happening this Saturday, December 13. Go to Barnes United Methodist at 900 W. 30th Street. You need to be there before 11:00 a.m. with your kids to get help.

Other churches, like Northview Church in Carmel, are collecting donations and can be contacted for help.

You are also invited to a Christmas dinner, so that if you cannot provide Christmas you will get a free meal and company for your family. That dinner is from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Christmas Day, at Phillips Temple. It is at 210 E. 34th Street in Indianapolis.