Children, senior, and low income families may all benefit from free holiday assistance programs in the greater Austin Texas region. Some of the non-profit or churches will even provide help to nearby counties that border the area. Examples of what may be available from a location includes toys for children, gifts, meals, and clothing items. Many of the agencies are involved in offering help as part of the Blue and Brown Santa program.
While most of the Christmas, Thanksgiving and holiday programs are focused on Travis County, there may also be assistance for residents of Williamson, Bastrop, Blanco, Burnet, Fayette, Hays, Caldwell, Lee, and Llano Texas. Some of the leading agencies to contact for toys, clothing, or even at hot meal during the holidays are below.
Blue and Brown Santa is one of the main resources available in the region. It operates from several different locations in Travis County. It is available as a last resort and can’t be combined with other programs, such as those from the Salvation Army. What may be provided from the Christmas Assistance program includes the following.
Staff and volunteers will match individuals, children, or entire families in need with local resources. The match may involve non-profit agencies, corporations, churches or individual sponsors. For those families that are able to enroll, they may receive free toys, hot meals, gifts, food baskets, or even gift cards. On site applications are required, as well as proof of need and other conditions.
As donations and resources allow, families from the Austin area may receive a gift card or food basket. Children under the age of 14 who are from lower income families may receive age-appropriate games, toys, or clothing.
While most the Christmas aid is for children, there may be some help for single individuals including the disabled or elderly. They too may be able to receive assistance (such as clothes or food) depending on the donations received.
Parks and Recreation Department, City of Austin
Location is 1200 Montopolis Dr.
Austin, TX 78741
Call the location at 512-385-5931
A free holiday dinner is offered. There may also be toys for children under the age of 12. Sign up is required, as it is with most holiday programs.
Austin Voices for Education and Youth, Reagan High School
7104 Berkman Dr.
Austin, Texas 78752
Dial the non-profit at 512-653-4935
Food baskets may be offered during the holidays Children from low income families may get toys, clothing, games, or Christmas gifts.
Society of St. Vincent de Paul, St. Mary, Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church
6100 Lohman Crossing Rd
Lago Vista, TX 78645
Only covers the church parish area. Thanksgiving or Christmas meals and other assistance may be arranged for qualified families.
Salvation Army has several locations in the region, including Williamson, Travis, Fayette and Caldwell Counties. Some of the programs may include Thanksgiving turkeys or Christmas meals, Angel Tree, Adopt a Family, and others. The homebound may receive home delivered meals, and the focus is on providing Christmas joy to children. Some of the centers are below.
501 E 8th St., Austin, TX, call (512) 476-1111
4216 South Congress Avenue, Austin, TX, main phone (512) 447-2272
601 W Louis Henna Blvd, Austin, TX, (512) 246-7292
1658 Interstate 35 Frontage Rd, San Marcos, Texas 78666, (512) 754-8541
Toys for Tots is run by the Camp Mabry United States Marine Corps
Austin, TX 78731
Registration is done from the program’s website.
University of Texas - Orange Santa Program
Austin, TX 78712
Telephone - 512-471-7753
This program provides gifts for children 17 and under for families of students and full-time employees at the University of Texas. Donations of gift certificates, toys, and other items are always needed.
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