Assistance is available at Christmas for a wide range of struggling and low income families in Denver. Donations of clothes and toys as well as volunteers preparing meals allow thousands of children as well as elderly residents to experience joy at the holidays.
The primary non-profits or charities that help the vulnerable at Christmas are below. If an organization can't assist, then the volunteers may have referrals to other places to turn to so that a child can have a present given to them. The resources, whether small gifts, winter coats, games, or toys are available across all counties, including Denver, Arapahoe, Jefferson, Adams, and Douglas.
Note that each of the holiday programs has terms and conditions in place. Some only help people in a shelter, others assist senior citizens. The enrollment period to sign up for help at Christmas usually takes place in the summer or fall, as that is when many of the Adopt a Family donation programs are rolled out to the community.
Toys for Tots
Address is 11420 E. 51st Ave.
Denver, Colorado 80239
The enrollment process is online, and this gift giving program is run in partnership with organizations such as the Marine Corps. Both new and gently used toys are accepted from the public and then given to needy children.
Denver Human Services - Adopt-A-Family
Application address - 1200 Federal Blvd.
Denver, CO 80204
Phone number - (720) 944-4483
This is only for residents of the city/county of Denver. The entire family may be given food baskets, Christmas meals, small toys, and more. Other local Human Service offices may offer similar services for their county residents.
Dolls for Daughters and Toys for Boys
National Western Complex
Denver, Colorado, 80216
A free toy shop is open one day per year. Items are passed out on a first come and served basis to needy Denver children. There may be legos, stocking stuffers, hygiene supplies, and more.
Senior Answers and Services, Inc.
Address is 1330 Leyden St
Denver, CO, 80220
Low income seniors are given free boxes of food for Christmas. Fruit, gifts, bread, and more.
Denver Rescue Mission
6100 Smith Road
Denver, CO 80216
Phone number – 303.297.1815
Based on donation levels, free Christmas toys, gifts, and food may be passed out to the homeless and vulnerable from the charity.
The Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Denver
There are over 15 in the area. Call a local center. Thousands of children are assisted each year from the holiday programs (both Thanksgiving and Christmas) that are run by this organization.
Address is 1755 S. Zuni. St
Denver, CO 80223
Christmas or Thanksgiving food boxes have the ingredients for a complete holiday dinner. Another program, the Sharing Tree, may offer a designated dollar amount of presents to children or teenagers.
Denver metropolitan Salvation Army locations
There are several centers. Resources for low income families range from Angel Tree/Adopt a Family to financial aid. Volunteers may also deliver a low cost (or free) Christmas meal to the homebound.
3460 S Sherman St #202, Englewood, CO Colorado (303) 761-6111
4751 Broadway St, Denver, CO 80211. Dial (303) 294-0827
Adams County - 802 Quari Ct, Aurora, Colorado, 80011. Phone - (303) 364-1965
Jefferson region is at 1080 Birch St, Broomfield, CO 80020. Phone - (303) 635-3018.
Douglas - 18349 Lincoln Meadows Pkwy, Parker, CO, phone (720) 851-0202
1323 Gilpin St.
Denver, Colorado 80218
Dial (303) 321-2345
The Warren Village’s Holiday Shop is only open to clients of the agency. They can “shop” for presents, games, books, gender specific toys and more for their child. Single parents/moms from Denver also use this resource.
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