There are several agencies in Johnson County that offer Christmas help. They are based in Overland Park Kansas and other local communities. The charities as well as volunteers that work for them do their best to ensure that every child has a free gift to open Christmas morning and that every family has a hot holiday meal or box of food given to them.
What is passed out will vary, but may be gift cards for toys or shopping at local stores. The exact items available at Christmas depend on donations. Other charities focus on serving meals, especially to seniors and/or the lonely. As the Christmas programs depend on partners such as Wal-Mart as well as Adopt a Family type programs.
When applying for these free holiday assistance programs in Johnson County Kansas, be sure to send a request in early. Items are provided on a first come – served basis to income qualified families.
Catholic Charities of Johnson County - Northeast Kansas
Address: 9806 W. 87th Street
Overland Park, Kansas 66212
Resources range from free food (including at the holidays) to Christmas toys and gifts. There are other social services, such as emergency rent help, Meals on Wheels, and more. The charity is also a source of information on Toys for Tots application sites and other Christmas programs.
There is another church that is located at 333 E. Poplar St, Olathe, Kansas 66061. The phone number is 91-913-782-4077.
Salvation Army in Olathe
Location is 400 E. Santa Fe
Olathe, Kansas 66061
Telephone number - 913-829-0578
Christmas assistance is for families with Children under the age of 15, and include Angel Tree. There is also a thrift store with furniture and Thanksgiving Turkey meals. Other goods include financial help, free winter coats or boots, and the applications to Toys for Tots.
Village Church Food Pantry and Clothes Closet
Address is 9900 Mission Road
Overland Park, KS 66206
Low cost clothing is for sale. Families can shop for toys, games, electronic such as computers and more. They have referrals to Toys for Tots too.
Center of Grace
520 S. Harrison St.
Olathe, KS 66061
For details, call 913-764-1353
Low income families as well as Hispanics and immigrants can get help. They arrange Thanksgiving and Christmas meals, give small toys to kids, and operate a clothing closet. This may have vouchers or gift cards, boots, winter attire, and other goods. Some are sold, others are given out for free at Christmas.
El Centro, Inc
500 E. Santa Fe
Olathe, KS 66061
Johnson County Interfaith Hospitality Network
11503 Strang Line Road, Suite C
Olathe, Kansas 66062
The faith based charity provides many forms of assistance. Single moms can register for season assistance, such as free Christmas toys, books, or games. There are also school supplies, shelter for the homeless, and a daily, 300+ day per year meal service.
Johnson County Multi-Service Centers
There are several. Referrals are given to various social services, which may include holiday food baskets. Overland Park call (913) 715-8985. Residents of Shawnee can dial 913-583-1152. Mission Kansas – call 913-826-5510. For information on Christmas programs in Spring Hill call 715-8960 or Gardner dial 715-8980.
First Baptist Church of Stilwell
Main address: 19950 Broadmoor Lane
A holiday meal service, including at Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas may be arranged. Volunteers serve hot food to the low income and needy.
Loaves and Fishes is based at SouthWoods Christian Church
Overland Park Kansas
Main phone – 913-681-5100
First Christian Church
Address: 200 E. Loula
Olathe, KS 66061
A small Christmas toy giveaway operates in Johnson County.
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