Churches, charities, and non-profits across Collin County Texas offer holiday assistance to struggling families. Whether the household is facing a crisis, unemployed, or living in poverty, there may be free Christmas gifts for a child or a hot meal for the entire family. Programs are available at other key holiday events as well.
How they work is the charities accept donations from the community. Volunteers then sort the goods, whether it is a toy, food basket, clothing, or another gift. Then, for those families that apply and are accepted into one of these holiday programs, the items are given to them for free.
The focus of the organizations is on helping children, senior citizens, and the vulnerable. People of any religion or background can apply. Thousands of residents in Plano, Collin County, and the city of McKinney Texas will normally receive assistance during the Christmas period.
CASA of Collin County
Address is 101 E. Davis Street
McKinney, Texas 75069
Phone – 972.529.2272
Neglected children and those impacted by abuse may be given help at Christmas. If the mother was a victim, they can enroll too. There may be free gifts cards for Wal-Mart or Target, clothing, hats, small toys, and other holiday assistance.
Plano Texas Christmas Cops and Santas
They may give out free toys to children that they have encountered throughout the year. Other non-profits in Plano, such as the Salvation Army, may refer a family to this program, but there is no direct intake line. There may also be winter coats, hats, and needed clothes.
Community Lifeline Center
1601 N Waddill St #102
McKinney, TX 75069
Dial (972) 542-0020
An adopt a family program operates at Christmas. Generous members of the community “Adopt” a local Collin County family or senior citizen. They buy food, gifts, and more for them.
Hope's Door Christmas Donation Drive
Mailing address: 860 Avenue F
Plano, Texas 75074
Clients are abused children.
North Texas Food Bank – Collin County
Referrals and information may be provided at 1-855-719-7627
Hundreds of local charities serve as feeding sites. They try to provide special holiday meals (at Thanksgiving and Christmas) or food baskets. Some of the partner sites may also have vouchers to buy groceries, small Christmas presents for a child, and more.
Children and Community Health Center - Community Health Clinic
Location is 120 S. Central Expressway
McKinney, TX 75070
Phone (972) 547-0606
They may give away inexpensive toys, based on what has been donated. Both adults and children that use the clinic services may be provided items.
The Collin County centers run an Angel Tree program. Games, small electronics, educational gifts, clothes, and more may be provided. They also operate other social service programs for the region. Find more information on Collin County Salvation Army.
The Samaritan Inn
1725 North McDonald Street
Mckinney, TX 75071
Call (972) 542-5302
Volunteers try to collect gift cards for Walmart, Walgreens, or Target. They are then given out for free to working poor families or single moms.
Vietnam Veterans Foundation of Texas
Veterans, including the disabled as well as homeless, can get help. There is everything from housing to applications to government aid, Thanksgiving meals, scholarships, Christmas programs, and more. Veterans, their spouses and children can apply for help.
Frisco Family Services Center
Location - 8780 3rd St
Call (972) 335-9495 for information.
Applicants need to live in the city. A low cost thrift store is on site. Staff offer referrals, and there may be vouchers to income qualified residents so they can obtain free Christmas gifts.
Toys for Tots of Collin County
Non-profits partner with the United States Marine Corps Reserve in northern Texas to offer this service. Parents need to apply at a local social service center or online. There may be unwrapped toys for a boy or girl, and Christmas goods for infants or teenagers too.
A Christian Food Pantry
1116 Dobie Dr #102
Plano, Texas 75074
Collin County Committee on Aging - Meals on Wheels
Main phone: (972) 562-6996
Caregivers or a homebound elderly resident can stop at a meal site, or request a frozen holiday box of food. A small donation is requested to keep this volunteer service operating.
Assistance Center of Collin County
900 18th St, Plano, TX 75074
Main phone - (972) 422-1850
They offer referrals and direct support. ACC can provide free Christmas gifts using partnerships with churches and non-profits, serve Thanksgiving meals, offer financial aid, clothing, and more. They also have information on regional Human Services in the region.
Christian Community Action
This charity may supports parts of Collin County.
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