Find Free Christmas Toys and Food Drives (2021)

Gabby MartinSeasonal & Festive

Key-Points


  • Free Christmas Dinners Near You

  • Are There Food and Toy Baskets Available?

  • How Can I Help Volunteer This Season?

Holiday Toy Assistance During the Christmas Season

Thank you, America, for helping us connect families to help they need this past Thanksgiving season. We’re excited to offer a similar resource to families that are in need this Christmas holiday season.

We understand the struggles families face, especially in today’s economy. A few our own crew members were in homeless situations long before protecting others from crime scene, suicide, and trauma cleanup situations. We are here to help with these services but we’re always looking for ways to connect the community to assistance they might need as well.

Which Food Banks Are Open On Christmas?

You may be surprised to hear that food banks and food drives run, even through Christmas. If you’re looking for free food baskets and even free turkeys, we’re happy to connect you with where your family can go in all 50 states of the USA. If you’re in the position to volunteer or help, reach out to these organizations to see how you can get involved!

All organizations on this list are hosting charitable Christmas toy and food programs through the 2021 season.

Huntsville, Alabama

Downtown Rescue Mission – Huntsville
1400 Evangel Drive
Huntsville, Alabama 35811
Website

Anchorage, Alaska

The Salvation Army – Anchorage
143 East 9th Avenue,
Anchorage, Alaska 99501
Website

Little Rock, Arkansas

Helping Hand of Greater Little Rock
1601 Marshall St.
Little Rock, AR 72202
Website

Phoenix, Arizona

Phoenix Children’s Project
1047 N. 28th Street,
Phoenix, AZ 85008
Website

Los Angeles, California

One Voice
1228 15th Street
Suite C
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Website

Denver, Colorado

Operation Santa Claus
12257 S. Wadsworth Blvd.
Denver, CO 80125
Website

Bridgeport, Conneticut

Bridgeport Rescue Mission
1088 Fairfield Ave.
Bridgeport, CT 06605
Website

Wilmington, Delaware

The Salvation Army – Wilmington Corps
400 N Orange Street
Wilmington, DE 19801
Website

Washington D.C./District of Columbia

The Salvation Army Sherman Avenue Corps and Community Center
3335 Sherman Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20010
Website

Jacksonville, Florida

BEAM
850 6th Avenue S.,
Ste 400
Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250
Holiday Toy DriveFood Assistance

Atlanta, Georgia

The Salvation Army – Metro Atlanta Command
405 Lovejoy St NW,
Atlanta, GA 30313
Website

Honolulu, Hawaii

Giving Machine at Pearlridge Center
98-1005 Moanalua Rd.,
Aiea, Hawaii
Event Page
Available until Jan 1st

Boise City, Idaho

St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry – Overland
3209 W Overland Rd,
Boise, ID 83705
Website

Chicago, Illinois

Chicago Midway Salvation Army
5036 West 47th Street,
Chicago, Illinois 60638
Website

Indianapolis, Indiana

United Way of Central Indiana
2955 North Meridian Street,
Suite 300
Indianapolis, IN 46208
Website

Des Moines, Iowa

Bidwell Riverside Center
1203 Hartford Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa 50315
Website

Wichita, Kansas

HumanKind Ministries – Operation Holiday
829 N Market St.
Wichita, KS 67214
Website

Louisville/Jefferson County, Kentucky

Association of Community Ministries
Various Participating Churches throughout the Louisville area, please see Website

New Orleans, Louisana

Giving Hope Foundation NOLA
13040 I-10 Service Rd,
New Orleans, LA 70128
Website

Portland, Maine

Maine Children’s Home
111 W Burnside St,
Portland, ME 97209
Website

Baltimore, Maryland

First Baptist Church of Guilford
7504 Oakland Mills Rd,
Columbia, MD 21046
Website

Boston, Massachusetts

United Way – Massachusetts Bay
9 Channel Center Street, Suite 500, Boston, MA 02210
Website

Detroit, Michigan

United Way for Southeastern Michigan
3011 W. Grand Blvd.,
Suite 500,
Detroit, MI 48202
Website

Minneapolis, Minnesota

The Salvation Army Minneapolis Central Worship & Service Center
2727 Central Ave NE,
Minneapolis, MN 55418
Website

Jackson, Mississippi

The Good Samaritan Center
114 Millsaps Ave,
Jackson, MS 39202
Website

Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas & Western Missouri Salvation Army
3637 Broadway Blvd,
Kansas City, Missouri 64111
Website

Billings, Montana

Family Service
3927-3931 1st Ave. S.
Billings, Montana 59101
Website

Omaha, Nebraska

Heartland Hope Mission
15555 2021 U St.
Omaha, NE
Website

Las Vegas, Nevada

Nevada 211
Various Locations, Please See Website

Manchester, New Hampshire

Families in Transition
122 Market Street,
Manchester, NH 03101
Website

Newark, New Jersey

NJ 211
Various Locations, Please See Website

Albuquerque, New Mexico

The Salvation Army Albuquerque Temple Corps
501 Broadway Blvd SE,
Albuquerque, NM 87102
Website

New York, New York

Church of St. Paul & St. Andrew
263 West 86th Street
Manhattan, NY
Website

Charlotte, North Carolina

Love Fellowship Church
2817 West Sugar Creek Road
Charlotte, NC 28262
Website

Fargo, North Dakota

Salvation Army
304 Roberts St
Fargo, ND 58102
Website

Columbus, Ohio

First Community Church
3777 Dublin Rd
Columbus, OH 43221
Website

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Skyline Urban Ministry
500 SE 15th Street
Oklahoma City, OK 73129
Website

Portland, Oregon

The Salvation Army – Gresham Corps
473 SE 194th Ave
Portland, OR 97233
Website

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Chosen 300 Ministries
1116 Spring Garden Street
Philadelphia, PA 19123
Website

Providence, Rhode Island

Providence Rescue Mission
627 Cranston St
Providence, RI 02907
Website

Charleston, South Carolina

The Salvation Army – Charleston
2135 Ashley River Rd
Charleston, SC 29407
Website

Sioux Falls, South Dakota

The Salvation Army Sioux Falls
800 N. Cliff Avenue
Sioux Falls, SD 57104
WebsiteRead More & Apply

Nashville, Tennessee

Nashville Rescue Mission
639 Lafayette St,
Nashville, TN 37203
Website

Houston, Texas

Kinsmen Lutheran Church
12100 Champion Forest Dr,
Houston, TX 77066
Website

Salt Lake City, Utah

Rescue Mission of Salt Lake
463 400 S,
Salt Lake City, UT 84101
Website

Burlington, Vermont

The Salvation Army Burlington
64 Main Street
Burlington, VT 05401
Website

Virginia Beach, Virginia

The Salvation Army Hampton Roads Area Command
5525 Raby Rd
Norfolk, VA 23502
Website

Seattle, Washington

University District Food Bank
5017 Roosevelt Way NE
Seattle, Washington 98105
WebsiteOther Local Participators

Charleston, West Virginia

United Way of Central West Virginia
1 United Way Square,
Charleston, WV 25301
Website

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Wisconsin Citadel Corps
 4129 W. Villard Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53209
Website

Free Christmas Turkeys

Your local Salvation Army or church may provide free Christmas turkeys or similar meals.

For those towns and counties not covered in this article, please contact your local Salvation Army or churches. Most are available to families in need during the holidays. Searching for Christmas meals and toy baskets near you might also be resourceful.

What kind of Christmas basket can me and my child expect?

Both food and toy baskets vary. Food baskets might be instant meals, while others may contain non perishable ingredients. It’s impossible to predict what your’s will be, but you can expect a delicious lunch or dinner meal. Low income families have received the following:

  • Free Christmas turkeys, sausages, ham, and chicken
  • Side meals such as assorted vegetables or mashed potatoes
  • Meat chilis, or chicken and vegetable soups

Most charities require toy donations that help with your child’s eye-hand coordination and other developmental skills. As a parent, you can be assured that your baskets will be filled with toys that are special and make a lasting impression.

Volunteering and Donating to Families This Christmas

Helping others during the holidays is needed more than ever. If you’re in the position to donate supplies or anything really, you can donate food, toys, clothes, and other supplies to your local church, Salvation Army, or soup kitchen. 

Volunteer help is especially needed at all organization and local charities listed above. You can also search for more holiday food drives near you, mostly all are guaranteed to need the assistance through Christmas. Local high schools might also be looking for volunteer help through their giving back programs, so you should also try reaching out to them.

Common food basket items

Only donate canned, boxed, or instant meals: leftovers and cooked meals are perishable and cannot be used.

What Kind of Food Can I Donate to Families?

Foods of all types have been donated through Christmas and the holidays. 

  • Mashed potatoes/potatoes
  • Gravy
  • Macaroni/pasta
  • Vegetables (preferably canned)
  • Cookies

Making the Difference

As crime scene cleaners, we hope you’ll join us in our mission to better the world one community at a time. Know that if you are in the position to help out, big or small, you’ll be making a huge difference in someone’s life!

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