Holiday help, ranging from Christmas gifts to assistance at Thanksgiving, is available across Kansas City. Most of the charities that operate these programs only provide services to a limited area, however there are options in all counties. More information is below on where to turn to for free toys or Christmas food baskets in Jackson, Cass, Clay, or Platte County.
The programs available tend to be either Adopt a Family or toy giveaways. Due to this, there is also a need for further donations and participation of the greater Kansas City Missouri community. Everything from gift cards from retailers such as Wal-Mart to educational toys, DVDs, games, and more are always in demand.
Families in need of help at the holidays needs to register in time. While the goal is to provide each child a gift, or family a Thanksgiving or Christmas meal, due to the demand on the charities this is not always possible.
Address: 3007 Mercier
Kansas City, Missouri 64108
Phone number is (913) 948-9700
The non-profit runs a Holiday - Christmas store. This allows low to moderate income individuals and families to shop at a reduced price for any needed gifts.
City Of Independence and the Palmer Community Center
Address: 218-A N Pleasant St.
Independence, MO 64050
Phone: (816) 325-6200
The non-profit will help senior citizens and the disabled. Congregate Meals can provide celebration as well as holiday food. Inquires can also be made to frozen Thanksgiving or Christmas meals to be delivered to the home bound.
Community Services League Holiday programs
There are several centers in the region ,including counties of Jackson, Clay, and others. Assistance is available at Christmas. There may be winter coats, toys for young children, support for households in poverty, and other holiday assistance.
1408 SE Austin Street, Oak Grove, Missouri 64075, dial (816) 690-8213
Christ United Methodist Church has c center at 14506 E 39th St, Independence, Missouri 64055, phone (816) 254-8209
1001 Sibley Road - Buckner, MO 64016, dial (816) 249-5820
Sack it for Santa
Location is 3030 Summit St
Kansas City, Missouri 64108
The Love Fund for Children is a key partner. The organization will offer free gifts to area teenagers. Donations are needed.
Kansas City Catholic Charities
Address - 20 West 9th Street
Kansas City, MO
A Toy Shoppe is available for needy families. In many years, hundreds of children get a present for Christmas morning.
There are several in the region, including Platte and other counties. Seniors, the disabled, homeless, and children may qualify for a free gift or parents can shop for low cost items at the thrift store.
-1301 E 10th St, Kansas City, MO 64106, dial (816) 421-0910
-500 W 39th St, Kansas City, Missouri 64111, call (816) 753-1628
-Another site is at 1535 East 23rd St S, Independence, Missouri 64050.
-Prospect Plaza, 6469 N Prospect Ave, Gladstone, Missouri 64119, dial (816) 595-5999
-5306 N Oak Trafficway, Kansas City, Missouri 64118. Main phone (816) 452-5663
-Address is 6723 State Ave, Kansas City, KS 66102. Dial (913) 232-5400
Grace United Church
811 Benton Blvd.
Kansas City, MO 64124
For information, call (816) 231-5745
Della Lamb Community Services - Operation Santa Claus
500 Woodland Ave
Kansas City, MO 64106-9908
New toys, gift cards, winter coats, and food baskets are passed out at the Christmas season.
Kansas City MO 64109
Intake number - 816-756-3511
They only offer assistance to qualified low income families in the Kansas City metropolitan area – city center region.
Greater Rolla Area Charitable Enterprise (Grace)
601 N. Elm
Rolla, Missouri 65401
Adopt A Family and holiday help is only for residents of Edgar Springs, Rolla and Newburg School Districts.
Revolution United Methodist church - Neighbor 2 Neighbor - Sack Lunch
Main address: 500 W. 40th Street
Kansas City, MO 64111
Phone: (816) 931-1150
Grandview Assistance Program
1121 Main Street
Grandview, Missouri 64030
Local residents of Grandview only can apply for financial aid, winter coats, counseling, or Christmas gifts. The elderly can also be supported by volunteers of the non-profit.
Toys for Tots is run from several locations in Kansas City, including Clay, Jackson, and other counties. The program provides free, unwrapped Christmas gifts to children of low income families. The Salvation Army and other charities or churches, such as below, participate. There may be games, electronics, books, and other presents available.
9300 E 75th Street
Kansas City, Missouri 64138
Phone: (816) 356-0054
Assistance at the holidays is only for income qualified people in the Raytown school district area.