Struggling families in Hillsborough County have access to a wide range of Christmas programs. Whether it is a small gift for a child, hot meal for the holiday itself, or a senior citizen receiving company on Christmas day, various charities can help. Thousands of Tampa Bay and county residents receive toys, gifts, presents, and more each holiday season.
A majority of what is provided is the result of donations and/or Adopt a Family type programs. This means that a client will receive assistance (such as a gift, toy, game, or meal) based on what has been donated. The demand for items is always very high, so unfortunately some families may not receive what they need.
Also, Hillsborough County residents should be sure to apply for holiday help early, often during the late summer or fall months. Most of the free toys or gift cards are provided first come-served to those children or parents that qualify.
The Salvation Army Tampa Bay and Hillsborough County Area
Address is 1514 North Florida Avenue
Tampa Florida, 33602
Phone number is 813-226-0055
Another location is at 1603 North Florida Avenue in Tampa Bay.
The Angel Tree Holiday Assistance is available for children. Everything from a toy to game, piece of clothing, books, and more is provided. Other resources include Christmas support for senior citizens and holiday meals served by volunteers to the homeless. Registration is required.
Salvation Army Southern Hillsborough Hispanic Ministry
7409 US Highway 301
Riverview Florida, 33569
Telephone number is 813-672-8139
Boys & Girls Clubs
These are over 20 across Hillsborough County. Most offer children and teenagers holiday programs as well as youth development. If the Christmas service is not run, referrals may be given.
Hills Borough County Crisis Center
Referrals may be given to clients on Christmas or Thanksgiving meal or gift programs. Individuals seeking help tend to be low income. There may be free holiday programs for everyone ranging from new parents, single moms, and struggling care givers to the disabled.
As part of the service, charities give out free toys, Christmas gifts for kids, clothing, and other items. Referrals are given to everything from Adopt a Family programs in Tampa to Toys for tots and more. Churches and other groups also participate. For details, including how to apply, dial 1-800-273-TALK.
Main center - 400 West Palm Avenue
Tampa, Florida 33602
They offer holiday assistance. Children, infants, and working poor families receive everything from a wrapped present for their child to a Christmas food basket.
Marine Toys for Tots Foundation
Tampa, FL 33611
The Forty Fifth Assault Amphibian Battalion runs this. Registration is online. The URL is at http://t4t.ptaptsa.org/pre-registration
Children's Home Society of Florida
Joshua House, 1515 Michelin Court
Lutz, Florida 33549
A holiday toy drive takes place.
West Central Agency on Aging of Hillsborough County
5905 Breckenridge Park Dr # F
Tampa, FL 33610
Call the non-profit at (813) 740-3888
Seniors citizens and the disabled may receive a low cost Thanksgiving or Christmas meal as well as a small gift.
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