Several organizations in Jefferson County provide assistance to families, children, and seniors during the holidays. Low income residents can turn to charities as well as local churches, and there are even national organizations that can help. However most are focused on a limited area or certain zip codes in the county.
Clients can not only receive some type of free food basket, meal, or toys for the holiday, but they will also be referred to longer term support to deal with the cause of their struggle. The Christmas programs in Louisville often rely on donations from the community and volunteers, so any items provided are limited.
In addition to helping children by giving a toy, the organizations will also try to provide home delivery of a hot Thanksgiving meal or Christmas basket to seniors and the homebound. So may resources are provided as part of this process.
Highlands Community Ministries - United Methodist Church
Main address is 1140 Cherokee Road
Louisville, KY 40204
The church runs a program that has Christmas and also Thanksgiving holiday assistance.
South East Associated Ministries
Main address is 6500 Six Mile Lane Suite A
Louisville, KY 40218-2355
Working poor and struggling Jefferson County families can sign up for holiday programs that provide free Thanksgiving food baskets. There will also be Christmas stockings with free small gifts and even Easter baskets for children. A food pantry is on site, and there are also hand-made scarves, mittens and hats for the winter months. Clothing is also available based on donations for children.
Jeffersontown Area Ministries
Main address is 10617 Taylorsville Road, Jeffersontown Community Center
Jeffersontown, Kentucky 40299
Free gifts and toys are given to children in Jefferson County. Volunteers and donations are used for this.
Eastern Area Community Ministries
9104 Westport Road Basement, John Knox Presbyterian Church
Louisville, KY 40242
Main number is (502) 426-2824
This agency also helps families in the zip codes of 40018, 40027, 40059, 40222, 40223, 40241, 40242, 40243, and also 40245. There is a store that parents can “shop” at for gifts, toys, and more. Thanksgiving food and meals are served too.
Highlands Community Ministries - Concordia Lutheran Church
Main address is 1127 E Broadway
Concordia Lutheran Church
Louisville, Kentucky 40204
For information, call (502) 451-3626
Children, including from single parents, can get diapers, holiday toys, and more.
Cabbage Patch Settlement House
1413 S 6th Street
Louisville, KY 40208
A small holiday party may be held for clients.
561 Blankenbaker Lane
Louisville, KY 40207
A Christmas event is held in early December.
Wayside Christian Mission
Main address is 432 E Jefferson Street
Louisville, KY 40202
Telephone: (502) 584-3711
House Of Ruth
607 E St Catherine Street
Louisville, KY 40203
For information, dial (502) 587-5080
Only helps children impacted by HIV/AIDS.
Salvation Army Of Louisville
Main address is 911 S Brook Street
Louisville, Kentucky 40203
They run the Angel Tree program in Jefferson County. Toys, games, and free clothing is provided for children, and maybe even gift certificates. Donations are used to keep this operating, and any items are first come and served for struggling families.
Southwest Community Ministries
Location is 8504 Terry Road
Louisville, KY 40258
Main phone - (502) 935-0310
Free toys, gifts, and more are available in Jefferson County to the low income and families in poverty. The zip codes are 40177, 40258, and 40272.
St Matthews Area Ministries, Beechwood Baptist Church
Main address is 201 Biltmore Road
Louisville, Kentucky 40207
Infants can get baby clothing, small toys, and more. Applicants need to live in 40207.
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