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Holiday Giving Project

Imagine that the holiday season is approaching and your family is struggling to make ends meet. You don't know how you are going to pay the rent much less manage to make a traditional Thanksgiving dinner or afford to give your children gifts for the December holidays. This is the reality for many families living in Montgomery County.

According to the 2016 Self-Sufficiency Standard, it costs more than $91,000 for a four-person family 
with two working parents, a preschooler and a school-age child, to afford the basic necessities in the County-four times the Federal Poverty Level! One in 20 residents of Montgomery County lives below the poverty line. The poverty rate for children in the County is a startling 9.4%; 35% of children in the Montgomery County Public School (MCPS) system receive free and reduced meals (FARMS); eligibility is based on household size and income, currently a family of four with an annual income of less than $45,000 qualifies.

For over 30 years, the Holiday Giving Project (HGP) of Montgomery County, Maryland, has provided Thanksgiving and December holiday assistance to low-income households. A network of social workers, school counselors, and other human service professionals refer families and individuals in need of holiday assistance.

Local non-profit agencies, faith-based organizations, service organizations and government agencies come together each year to form the Holiday Giving Project (HGP) Coalition. Member agencies of the HGP Coalition work both collaboratively and independently as local neighborhood coordinators distributing food, gift cards, and toys that come from private and public donations.

Menu of Services: Holiday Giving Project Brochure

2017 Holiday Giving Report
2016 Holiday Giving Report

Printable Referral Forms 

Referral Video Tutorials
Applying for User Account Registration
The FAQ Section

For volunteer inquiries, please email the Holiday Giving Project at
OR contact Montgomery County Volunteer Center at

You can get referrals for assistance from school counselors, non-profit social service agencies, government social service agencies, any of the agencies listed as part of the Holiday Giving Project Coalition of providers, or as a last option through MC311.

Phone: 240-777-1098
Fax: 240-777-3099


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