2017 Christmas Assistance and Help

Christmas assistance and help are local, and most programs require a registration before the event. Contact a listed charity in your local area.

 

Christmas Help QUICK INFO BOX

  • 2017 Salvation Army Christmas Assistance  – Donations and financial assistance provide Christmas assistance such as dinners, clothing, and toys for families in need, some centers run the Angel Tree Program which offers gifts for disadvantaged children, individuals, and senior citizens, Contact: Local Salvation Army
  • Christmas Adopt-A-Family Programs  – Those Christmas Assistance Programs, in general, have requirement for low-income family that is referred by a community agency and include at least a complete dinner for the entire adopted family and gifts and toys for the children, Contact: Local Adopt-A-Family
  • Christmas For Kids  – Each year this foundation runs a magical event where local kids, hand-selected by their school counselors due to extreme need,  join a volunteer shopper to check off a Christmas assistance and help list mostly comprised of basic clothing needs for the kid and their immediate siblings, Contact: Christmas for Kids Foundation
  • Toyland for Kids  A Christmas assistance program for kids that distributes age-appropriate holiday gifts to low-income children ages 18 and under, Contact: Center for People in Need
  • Toys for Tots  – Helps less fortunate children experience the Christmas magic along with others by distributing to them donated toys as Christmas gifts, Contact: Local Toys for Tots
  • Cars4Christmas  – A popular Christmas assistance program that helps low-income, disadvantaged individuals, and veterans who do not have basic transportation and are not able to get one on their own, Contact: Cars4Christmas
  • Christmas Clearinghouse  – A Christmas assistance program run by the Volunteer & Information Center in Montgomery, AL, that assist those in need during the holiday season, Call: 334-264-3335
  • Christmas Charities Year Round (CCYR)  – Provides free clothes, shoes, bedding, kitchen and other household items to needy individuals and families in Madison County, AL year round, and offers Christmas assistance and help by providing gifts and meals to the elderly and disabled, Call: 256-837-2373
  • Christmas Charities of Jackson County  – Hosts adopt-a-family or child in need for Christmas, and provides needy children, disabled, and elderly in Jackson Co, AL, with toys, clothing, foods and other essentials, Call: 256-575-6056
  • Phoenix Children’s Project Christmas Assistance  – Helps children living below poverty level in Phoenix, AZ, get toys, home-baked goodies, shoes, clothes, and other essentials, Call: 602-955-2228
  • The Little Rock Compassion Center  An inner-city mission in the Little Rock, AR that offers a Christmas dinner and meals to homeless and disadvantaged people in the area, Call: 501-296-9114
  • HELP of Southern Nevada  – Offers holiday assistance in Las Vegas, NV area through Adopt-A-Family, Turkey-A-Thon, and the Toy Drive/Holiday Assistance programs, Call: 702-836-2190
  • Operation Breakthrough  – Assists needy families and kids from Kansas City, MO get Christmas gifts and toys through adopt-a-family program and a holiday store, Call816-329-5222
  • Cabot Christmas Alliance  – Provides Christmas assistance for needy children and families in Cabot, ARCall: 501-628-2706
  • Lincoln Park Goodfellows  – With “No Child Without A Christmas” initiative assisting needy families and children in Lincoln Park, MI areaCall: 313-381-3216
  • Volunteers of America Michigan’s Adopt A Family Program  –  A holiday giving program designed to help low-income families with children, seniors, and veterans by providing food, toys, and clothingCall: 248-353-4862
  • Santa to the Sea, Toy Give-Away  –  A running event, toy drive, and community fundraiser is held each year to collect toys for underprivileged children in time for the holiday season; the Toy Give-Away takes place at Santa Claus Park, Oxnard, CACall: 805-485-7233
  • Community Resource Center, Holiday Baskets Program  –  Provides North San Diego County families in need with food, coats, blankets, and gifts for children and more during the Christmas holiday seasonCall: 760-753-8300
  • One Voice, Holiday Food Program  – Provides Christmas food baskets, toys, and books to families living in poverty in the Los Angeles, CA areaCall: 310-458-9961
  • Act of Giving Program  – Provides Christmas presents to families in Pomona, CA area who were referred by the Family Resource Center in Pomona Unified School DistrictCall: 909-629-6142
  • Operation Homefront, Holiday Meals for Military  – Distributes Christmas holiday meal kits to military families in various active duty bases located nationwide – the meal kits include everything needed for a holiday dinner, such as a turkey, gravy, cranberry sauce, stuffing, vegetables, plus additional food for a holiday breakfast, ContactOperation Homefront
  • Christmas Unlimited  – At Christmas time distributes holiday toys and gifts for children of needy families in Colorado Springs, CO area, Contact: Christmas Unlimited
  • Santa Cops of Larimer County  – A non-profit organization consisting of representatives from Fort Collins Police Services, Loveland Police Department, Larimer County Sheriff’s Office, Colorado State Patrol, and Colorado State University Police that provides toys for children in need during Christmas time in Larimer County, CO, Contact: Santa Cops of Larimer County
  • The Christmas Store of Colorado Community Church  – Offers new toys at discounted prices to families and children in Aurora, CO area, that are experiencing financial hardship, Contact: Christmas Unlimited
  • The Christmas Program of FISH (Friends in Service to Humanity)  – Provides Christmas dinners for low-income families, as well as gifts for children in the following CT communities: New Hartford, Torrington, Harwinton, Litchfield, Goshen, Morris, and Bantam, Contact: Friends in Service to Humanity of NW CT
  • The Christmas Blanket and Bedtime Bag Give-Away  – Each Christmas the charity offers homeless and working poor in Bridgeport, CT area blankets, and children receive a bedtime bag filled with books and toys, Contact: Bridgeport Rescue Mission
  • Santa’s Helpers  – A not-for-profit organization that spends the entire year collecting gifts and distributing them to needy families in St. Louis, MO area for Christmas and Hannukah, Contact: Santa’s Helpers
  • Christmas Christian HELP  – Each year this foundation offers community Christmas programs in central FL that provide toys to children and teens whose families are not able to give them Christmas presents, Contact: Christian HELP Foundation
  • Christmas Bag of Joy  – Provides free Christmas gifts to local Sanford, FL area children whose parents are not able to provide presents for them, Contact: Harvest Time International
  • The Santa Foundation  – At Christmas time the foundation delivers gifts directly to needy families in Franklin, MA area so that the recipients can maintain their dignity and anonymity, Contact: The Santa Foundation
  • My Brother’s Keeper Christmas Assistance Program  – A Christian ministry which delivers gifts and food free of charge to needy people at Christmas time in Boston area south to Fall River and Cape Cod, MA, Contact: My Brother’s Keeper
  • Operation Christmas, Citizens for Citizens  – Operation Christmas distributes toys to parents of children from birth to 12 years of age to be given as gifts at Christmas and covers Taunton and Fall River, MA, Contact: Citizens for Citizens
  • The Empty Stocking Fund  – Each year Empty Stocking Fund empowers parents and guardians of children living in poverty in Atlanta, GA area by providing them with an opportunity to give their children gifts at Christmas time, Contact: The Empty Stocking Fund
  • Christmas Wish Program, Project Hawai’i  – Provides local community the opportunity to sponsor a child or family for the holidays, Contact: Project Hawai’i, Inc.
  • Holiday Giving Program, Walter & Connie Payton Foundation  – Helps provide holiday gifts for thousands of in need children and Veterans throughout the State of Illinois, Contact: The Walter & Connie Payton Foundation
  • Christmas Wish List, Mercy Home for Boys & Girls  – Each year the organization distributes toys, books, games, gift cards, and other presents to the kids on their Christmas wish lists in Chicago, IL, Contact: Mercy Home for Boys & Girls
  • Grant A Wish Annual Holiday Gift Program  – A holiday program that provides holiday wishes to needy, disabled and abused children for Christmas in Chicago, IL area, Contact: Grant A Wish, Inc
  • Christmas Offering, Humanitarian Service Project  – The goal of this program is to provide three weeks of nutritious food and Christmas presents to those living in poverty in Carol Stream, IL area, Contact: Humanitarian Service Project
  • ICF Season of Giving  – Provides holiday dinners to low-income families as well as the underserved (homeless, disabled, elderly, victims of domestic violence living in shelters, etc.) in Chicago, IL, and surrounding communities for the holidays, Contact: International Christian Fellowship
  • United Christmas Service Program  – Assists families in need during the Christmas holiday season which are referred by caseworkers from partner organizations in Indianapolis, IN area, Contact: United Way of Central Indiana
  • Columbus Firemen’s Cheer Fund  – Provides the needy in Columbus, IN area with useful Christmas gifts and a meaningful experience, Call: 812-390-0152
  • Christmas Gifts for Children, New Opportunities  – Each year this organization provides Christmas gifts for children in seven Iowa counties, Contact: New Opportunities Inc.
  • Single Moms Christmas Dinner  – Single Parent Provision is a non-profit organization and offers a special Christmas dinner for single mothers living in central Iowa, Contact: Single Parent Provision (SPP)
  • Christmas for Kids  – This program distributes Christmas presents to children part of the Saint Francis Community Services programs in various locations in KS, NE, and OK, Contact: Saint Francis Community Services Inc.
  • The Times-Picayune Doll and Toy Fund  – Each Christmas, the organization, distributes toys to needy families and children 12 years and under in New Orleans, LA area, Contact: The Times-Picayune Doll and Toy Fund
  • The Christmas Program at The Maine Children’s Home  – Provides boxes of clothing, toys, books and more to income eligible families for their children who are 12 and under and who live in the state of Maine, Contact: The Maine Children’s Home
  • Maine Sea Coast Mission’s Christmas Program  – Provides Christmas holiday presents to needy families and children residing in Downeast, ME and those isolated on the remote outer islands. Contact: Maine Sea Coast Mission
  • Hollis Christmas Program  – Town of Hollis, ME offers adopt-a-family program and Christmas assistance and help to its residents in need, Call: 207-929-8552 ext.18
  • Christmas is For Kids  – A website that makes it easy to provide Christmas gifts for local needy children in the state of Maine, Call: 207-973-3500
  • The Johns Hopkins Adopt-a-Family / Adopt-a-Senior Program  – A charitable holiday season activity for faculty, staff, students, and retirees of all Hopkins entities and locations, Call: 443-997-7000
  • Bellevue LifeSpring’s Adopt-A-Family Program  – Matching families who need help during Christmas holiday with sponsors in Bellevue, WA area, Contact: Bellevue LifeSpring
  • Santa Claus Anonymous  – This organization raise money to give every child in need in Baltimore, MD metropolitan area a Christmas, Contact: Santa Claus Anonymous
  • Operation Christmas Miracle and Kid-to-Kid Christmas Programs  – The Central Union Mission of Washington, DC helps children and families in the area struggling financially experience the true essence of the Christmas holiday season, Contact: Central Union Mission
  • The Children’s Holiday Fund  – Provides Christmas gifts to children from newborn to 17 years old in Plymouth area, MA, Contact: Plymouth Area Coalition
  • Cape Cod Times Needy Fund  – Operates Gift Certificate Program for Christmas that helps needy residents of Cape Cod, MA, and the Islands during the holidays, Contact: Cape Cod Times Needy Fund
  • Mission for Area People Christmas Programs  – This  Muskegon Heights, MI charity provides needy children ages 1 to 18 residing the community with Christmas gifts, Contact: Mission for Area People
  • The Good Shepherd Coalition Holiday Assistance  – This organization located in Fraser, MI provides Christmas assistance for people from the community, Contact: Good Shepherd Coalition
  • The Old Newsboys’ Goodfellow Fund of Detroit Holiday Gift Program  – Each holiday season this organization distributes holiday gift boxes to children in need, ages four through 13 living in Detroit, Highland Park, River Rouge, Hamtramck and Harper Woods, MI, Contact: Detroit Goodfellows
  • Christmas Committee  – Makes annual Christmas distribution of food and toys to Anoka County, MN needy families, and children, Contact: Christmas Committee
  • The Good Samaritan Center Christmas Assistance  – Assists parents in Jackson, MS who are working, in school, disabled or in a training program and need assistance to provide their children with Christmas gifts, Contact: Good Samaritan Center
  • Adopt-a-Family for Christmas Program, NCC  – Provides Christmas gifts for children in NCC Jackson, MS who otherwise would not receive gifts, Contact: Neighborhood Christian Center
  • Crosslines Christmas Food Baskets and Toystore  – The Holiday Center of Crosslines offers food baskets and toys to needy families and children in Springfield, MO, Call: 417-865-5810
  • Meet the Need Christmas Store  – Provides Christmas gifts for those in need and their children in Excelsior Springs, MO, Call: 816-630-5221
  • Adopt a Family, Family Service  – Offers a program that helps needy families in Yellowstone County, MT to “have their children wake up to the average American Christmas with gifts under the tree and a lovely family meal,” Contact: Family Service, Inc.
  • Christmas Holiday Program, Indian Center, Inc.  – Offers holiday gift programs for children in need residing in the city of Lincoln, NE, Contact: Indian Center, Inc.
  • Macie’s Place Christmas Mitten Project  – A Christmas project to help needy children in Lancaster, Lincoln Area, NE get at least one Christmas gift, Contact: Macie’s Place
  • CEDARS Holiday Gift Drive  – Helping local kids in Lincoln, NE during Christmas holidays by having volunteers deliver collected gifts to the children in need, Contact: CEDARS
  • Catholic Charities Holiday Wish List  – Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada offers a broad range of programs including distribution of Christmas toys for children in need, Contact: Catholic Charities
  • Front Door Holiday Assistance  – Provides toys and warm clothing to children in need for Christmas holidays in Nashua, NH, Call: 603-886-2866
  • Operation Christmas Morning  – Provides Christmas gifts to families that cannot afford them in Gibbstown, NJ, Call: 856-924-0296
  • Christmas is for Children  – A non-profit dedicated to providing local Basking Ridge, NJ children in need with Christmas gifts, Contact: Christmas is for Children
  • Christmas Bureau Distribution  – This program of Catholic Charities of Onondaga County offers eligible low-income families gifts and food at Christmas time, Contact: Catholic Charites of Onondaga County
  • New York Cares Winter Wishes  – Each year volunteers provide tens of thousands holiday gifts to New York children and families in need, Contact: New York Cares
  • House of Mercy Christmas Drive  – Each year at Christmas time the House of Mercy distributes donated gifts and toys to Rochester, NY families in need, Contact: House of Mercy
  • Westminster Neighborhood Ministries Christmas Baskets Program  – The Christmas Basket Program is designed for Westminster community needy families and usually provides three reusable bags full of groceries, clothing (including hats, gloves, socks, and underwear), two gifts per child, Contact: Westminster Neighborhood Ministries
  • St Luke’s Mission of Mercy  – Provides new toys for Christmas to children in need up to 15 years of age in Buffalo, NY area, Contact: St Luke’s Mission of Mercy
  • Kids First of the Carolinas  – This grass-roots charity offers each year an annual Christmas party for homeless and underprivileged children in Charlotte, NC, where along with food it distributes donated gifts and toys, Call: 704-995-5679
  • Wake County Holiday Cheer Program  – The program is matching Wake County, NC children, and seniors in need with community sponsors who provide Thanksgiving and Christmas meals or gifts, Call: 919-212-7083
  • Saint Nicholas Project  – Provides gifts for Christmas to children of the needy families that Eblen Charities serves in Asheville, NC, Contact: Eblen Charities
  • Operation Red Sleigh  – Assists families in Randolph County, NC who are in need by providing gifts and hot meals to their children at Christmas time, Contact: Operation Red Sleigh
  • The Holiday Clearing Bureau Giving Tree  – A campaign that coordinates the collection and distribution of Christmas gifts for disadvantaged individuals in Cass and Clay counties, ND, Contact: Hope Lutheran Church
  • Giving Tree of Hope and Toys For Tots Program  – Collects and distributes gifts to disadvantaged children and adults in Fargo, ND, who have special needs, and who would not otherwise receive gifts during the holiday season, Contact: FirstLink
  • Community Santa Program, Lake County, Ohio  – This holiday program is collecting gifts and distributing them to the children in custody and needy families the agency is servingCall: 800-899-5253
  • Christmas for Kids, For Love of Children (FLOC)  – Volunteers bring gifts on Christmas Eve to the homes of needy children in Dayton, OH areaCall: 937-223-3562
  • Christmas Family Outreach  – This program of Victory Ministries, Columbus, Ohio provides each year Christmas food baskets and brand new toys to local children and families in need, Contact: Victory Ministries
  • A Very Giving Christmas  – Oklahoma City families selected through Catholic Charities’ and Sunbeam Family Services programs get Santa Bucks based on the size of the household which allows them to purchase gifts for their children from St. Nick’s Shoppe, Contact: Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City
  • Christmas for Children, Stillwater Noon Lions Club  – Each Christmas the club takes local, Stillwater, OK children from lower-income families shopping for Christmas gifts, Contact: Stillwater Noon Lions Club
  • Christmas Family Adoption Foundation  – Partnering with service agencies to connect people in the Portland, OR community to local families in need, Contact: Christmas Family Adoption Foundation
  • Holiday Hope  – Dedicated to Christmas assisting the neediest families in Lancaster, PA area, Contact: Holiday Hope
  • Sharing Hands Christmas Basket Program  – Christmas dinner basket and presents for eligible low-income families that live in the Central Linn School District, City of Halsey, ORCall: 541-466-3110
  • Human Solutions Holiday Store  – This program allows needy parents in Portland and Gresham, OR areas, to select free gifts for their children, Contact: Human Solutions
  • The Christmas Holiday Bureau  – Provides gift cards to low-income families in Lackawanna County, PA during the Holiday Season to help them purchase clothing, food or toys, Contact: Voluntary Action Center
  • Pennridge FISH Christmas Program  – Provides unwrapped toys, gifts, gift cards, hats, scarves, and gloves for Christmas to needy children in Perkasie, PA area, Contact: Pennridge FISH Organization
  • Holiday Tribute Cards, Gift Twice Blessed Program  – The Providence House of Shreveport, LA uses donations to send Christmas Cards along with $10 per card to homeless families on their list, Call: 318-221-7887
  • The Holiday Giving Program of North Kingstown, RI  – The program focuses on providing Christmas  gifts for eligible children in families experiencing hardship that are unable to provide the gifts themselves,  Call: 401-885-3663
  • Adopt-a-Family, Woonsocket, RI  – This program mission is to locate people in the community that can provide clothes and toys to needy children in Woonsocket, RI during Christmas time, Contact: Adopt-a-Family, Inc.
  • Hasbro Children’s Holiday Hope Fund  – Designed to support needy children and their families in Rhode Island at Christmas time, Call: 800-255-5516
  • HALOS Holiday Giving  – The program matches sponsors to provide gifts to needy children in Charleston County, SC for Christmas, Contact: HALOS
  • Christmas for Kids Program, Laurens County Sheriff’s Office  – This Sheriff’s Office conducts fundraising throughout the year to be able to provide Christmas presents and food to needy children in Laurens, SC area, Contact: Laurens County Sheriff’s Office
  • Sharing Christmas  – This program coordinates the distribution of holiday assistance to needy families in the Sioux Falls, SD area, Contact: Center of Hope
  • Sioux Falls Cares Christmas Program  – Provides in Sioux Falls, SD  food, clothing, toys, and necessities to local needy children for Christmas, Call: 605-679-0164
  • Forgotten Child Fund “Santa Train”  – Each Christmas Santa Train delivers toys and food to selected needy families in Chattanooga, TN, Contact: Forgotten Child Fund
  • Dear Santa Program  – With the help of the Knoxville, TN community the program provides holiday gifts for local children in need that are up to 18 years of age, Contact: Helen Ross McNabb Foundation
  • Houston Children’s Charity Christmas Program  – Through Adopt-A-Family, Annual Christmas Party, and Toy Distribution this charity helps thousands of needy families in and around the Greater Houston, TX area, Contact: Houston Children’s Charity
  • Adopt-a-Family Gift Distribution, WHAM  – This annual event program in Houston, TX offers local needy children, ten years and under, new toys for Christmas, Contact: West Houston Assistance Ministries
  • Give the Gift of Christmas Presents  – A program by Star of Hope Mission, Houston, TX that uses donations to provide Christmas toys for needy children, Call: 713-748-0700
  • Elf Louise Christmas Project  – Each year at Christmas Santa Claus delivers presents to needy children and families in San Antonio, TX area, Contact: Elf Louise Christmas Project
  • Christmas Food Giveaway  – Helps low-income people in Salt Lake City and throughout Utah, Contact: Crossroads Urban Center
  • Chances For Christmas  – This charity organization offers Christmas gifts in Essex Junction, Vermont-based upon first come, first served basis, Call: 802-324-4995
  • Brandon Area Christmas Toy Project   – A Christmas program covering Brandon area, VT that provides toys, gifts and warm jackets to local kids who need them, Contact: Brandon Area Christmas Toy Project
  • Bedford Community Christmas Station  – A charity organization that assists low-income families at Christmas time in the Bedford Community, Virginia, Contact: Bedford Community Christmas Station
  • Christmas House  – A non-profit organization that provides toys and essentials to low-income families during the holidays in Everett, WA, Contact: Christmas House
  • Mountain Mission Christmas Basket Program  – Provides eligible families in Charleston, West Virginia with a food basket that contains a 14lb turkey, 10lb bag of potatoes, canned vegetables, fruit, sugar, cranberry sauce, stuffing, bread, cereal, candy, and a gospel tract, Contact: Mountain Mission
  • Catholic Charities Christmas Program  – Offers Christmas assistance to Wisconsin families needing help during holiday season, Call: 888-212-4357
  • Holiday Helpers of Cody Wyoming  – This charity organization helps Cody, WY families and senior citizens in need during holidays, Call: 307-899-4936