The main holiday programs available in Essex County Massachusetts will help low income families at Christmas as well as Thanksgiving. Charitable organizations will provide free toys to income qualified parents with children, serve a meal to a family living in poverty, or pass out Turkey dinners and more.
The applicants to these Christmas assistance programs comes from all backgrounds and religions. Assistance is given to the unemployed as well as working poor in the region. If a family is facing a one time financial crisis, they too may be assisted in one way or another. The registration period will normally take place in September or October, so apply for a gift or meal early as presents are provided on a first come and served basis.
Salvation Army – Beverly Center
Address is 50 Elliot St.
Main phone - (978) 682-8038
In addition to financial aid for heating bills and other needs, there is assistance at Christmas for low income families. Programs include the Santa fund, meals or toys from Adopt-a-family, and Angel Tree for Essex County families. Proof of ID, income, residency and more is needed when applying.
Community Service of Newburyport, Inc.
31 Green St
Newburyport, Massachusetts 01950
Main phone - (978) 465-7562
Parents with children under the age of 15 can apply for gifts. There is also clothing, nonperishable food, winter coats and more for residents of the Newbury area. The Red Stocking program is also run at Christmas in partnership with local churches.
Mailing address is 13 Lafayette Road
Main phone: (978) 463-8801
This charity has several locations in Essex County. Holiday assistance is for struggling residents of Amesbury, Salisbury, Byfield, Groveland, Rowley, Merrimack, Newburyport, as well as Newbury. There are free Thanksgiving holiday baskets for clients, shelter, and small toys.
Haverhill - Salvation Army
395 Main St.
Call (978) 374-7571
A Thanksgiving dinner is served in late November. They also operate many of the other Salvation Army social services, both financial and for Christmas. Everything from shelter to winter coats, grants, and presents are offered by the non-profit.
Other regional Salvation Army Corp Centers. They offer many of the same resources as noted above.
250 Haverhill Street, Lawrence, MA, 01842, dial (978) 682-8038
Lynn Worship Center is at 1 Franklin Street, Lynn, Massachusetts, 01902. Main phone (781) 598-0673.
The Newburyport Corps Community Center is at 40 Water Street. Dial (978) 465-0883.
North Shore Center - 93 North Street, Salem, Massachusetts, 01970. Call (978) 744-5181.
Toys For Tots of Essex County
Phone: (978) 772-0133
Based on donations, there may be free holiday gifts as well as toys for children. Single parents often seek help from this service.
180 Main Street
Gloucester, Massachusetts 01930
Families or singles in the Greater Cape Ann can apply for holiday clothing or Christmas toys, such as books, games, and more.
Location is 371 Cabot Street
Beverly, MA 01915
Community Action - CAI - Amesbury Center
44 Friend Street
Amesbury, Massachusetts 01913
Telephone number is (978) 388-2570
Everything from job training to applications to public benefits and referrals to Christmas programs are run for those in poverty.
Our Neighbor's Table
145 Main Street
Amesbury, Massachusetts 01913
Free food is for both Thanksgiving and Christmas to families that would otherwise go without.
Eagle-Tribune Santa Fund
Address is 100 Turnpike St
North Andover, Massachusetts, 01845
Donations allow the fund to provide vouchers to use for buying gifts, clothing, and toys. Businesses (such as Target) and individuals contribute.
Neighbors in Need
276 Essex Street
Lawrence, MA 01841
Phone - (978) 685-8321
This is a pantry that often has free Christmas/Thanksgiving food baskets as well as holiday meals. There are multiple locations in Lawrence.
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