During the Christmas and holiday season, many Brevard County families need assistance from charities. There are organizations that run free toy give away programs such as Adopt a Family or that serve hot meals. The charities support thousands of residents each and every year.
In many cases, younger children as well as infants can be given a free Christmas present or two to open. This may be a game, item such as a doll or toy truck, or clothing. However the Brevard County Florida agencies also focus on helping senior citizens as well as the disabled in the community. There are a number of them who struggle to buy food or that just want a little company at Thanksgiving or Christmas. So that can be arranged.
More information on the programs are below. When applying for a toy or free food basket, be prepared to register early and have proof of income and need. Most charities will work to ensure that the services are not duplicated.
Senior Santa Project in Brevard County
Dial (321) 403-8878
This Christmas program is for the elderly that are residing in nursing homes, home-bound, lonely, or that live in a hospice. A small gift may be given to them by a generous volunteer, and frozen holiday meals may be delivered too.
Salvation Army seasonal Thanksgiving and Christmas programs
919 West Peachtree Street - Cocoa, Florida 32922, phone (321) 632-6060
1080 S Hickory Street - Melbourne, FL 32901, call (321) 724-0494
1218 W Main Street - Titusville, Florida 32780, dial (321) 269-3110
Applications for Christmas assistance are processed during late September or Early October. Brevard County families with children can apply for free toys from the Angel Tree. There are a number of single moms and unemployed parents that use this to resource to give a gift to their child. Other programs can feed the homeless, provide a Turkey at Thanksgiving, and even arrange emergency financial aid. Applicants need proof of residency, income and more.
North Brevard Sharing Center
Main address is 4475 South Hopkins Avenue
Titusville, FL 32780
Main phone number is (321) 269-6555
Toys for Tots Program - Brevard County
625 Barefoot Bay Boulevard
Barefoot Bay, Florida
Registration is required. If qualified, children may be given one or more gifts, and many of them are even brand new. So there may be toys, games, clothing, and more for those residents that apply online.
Or some Toy for Tots partner sites in the county include Brevard Veteran Memorial Museum (address 400 South Sykes Creek Parkway, Merritt Island, Florida) as well as the Palm Bay City Hall. Address is 120 Malabar Road, Palm Bay, FL.
Seniors at Lunch
Mailing address is 3600 West King Street
Cocoa, FL 32926
Telephone - (321) 639-8770
Senior citizens can use the non-profit to get a lunch. There are sites in Central, Northern and also the Southern region. There are also special holiday meals and celebrations, field trips, and more activities held throughout the year.
Space Coast Center for Independent Living
571 West Haverty Court
Rockledge, Florida 32955
They only support the disabled in Brevard County Florida as well as their immediate family members. Holiday parties, including at Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas are held.
Feed My Sheep
Address: 3302 Green Street
Mims, Florida 32754
Phone: (321) 267-6202
Mims United Methodist Church
3302 Green Street
Mims, Florida 32754
Low income families can apply for Thanksgiving and Christmas food baskets. Children may be given a small toy or Christmas stocking full of goodies. This of course will depend on donation levels.
His Place Ministries
1842 South Harbor City Boulevard
Melbourne, Florida 32901
A focus is on the homeless and families living in poverty. Hot meals, clothing, and more is provided at the major holidays.
Address: 2452 North U.S. Highway 1
Mims, Florida 32754
Main phone - (321) 747-8056
Meals are served. Companies donate surplus food and volunteers prepare the meals. All goods are free. The disabled and homebound may even have food delivered to them at home.
Cocoa Police Department
1226 West King Street
Cocoa, FL 32922
Main phone: (321) 637-6309
This is only for struggling families in Cocoa. Children under the age of 13 may be given a free gift or article of clothing. There may be clothes for newborns as well as new parents as well.
Location is 1 Gannett Plaza
Melbourne, Florida 32940
Holiday assistance is provided. There may be Christmas toys and other support.