Marion County Florida families with children as well as the elderly can apply for the various Christmas assistance programs that operate in the area. The charities that administer them offer free gifts, presents, food baskets, and more to the less fortunate. They also serve holiday meals to anyone that is in need of one, including the homeless.
The main organizations in the Ocala area include the Salvation Army as well as Toys for Tots. The local sheriff's office is another key participant. These groups collect toys from the community. They also screen applications from struggling families, and for those that qualify, free toys, clothing, games, and even gift certificates may be passed out.
Another resources for both Thanksgiving and Christmas assistance may be a local food pantry. While these mostly focus on passing out free food (such as turkeys and meals) some also have small holiday gift-giveaway programs for children in Marion County.
Salvation Army - Center Of Hope
320 NW First Avenue
Ocala, Florida 34475
Main phone number is (352) 732-8326
The charity process applications for the Angel Tree free Christmas toy program. A soup kitchen also serves Thanksgiving and other holiday meals. Case managers also refer clients to other social services.
Wings Of Faith Fellowship Church Of God
Location is 5066 SE 64th Avenue Road
Ocala, Florida 34472
For holiday food baskets, dial (352) 687-4600
Some children may be given gifts. There is also clothing, Thanksgiving food baskets, and other services.
Toys for Tots - United Way
Marion County Florida residents can get referral. The text number is 898-211. Free Christmas toys for kids may be offered by churches, shelters, and other charity groups. This United states Marine Corp sponsored program accepts applications in the fall for families with kids under the age of 13. There may be clothing, games, bikes, and many other gifts given out (when funding allows).
Helping Hands of Ocala
Existing clients only can call (352) 732-4464
Note that children of currently enrolled families can get help at Christmas. Games, books, educational material, and other goods are provided.
Marion County Sheriff's Office
They are a full participant in holiday toy drives. The organization collects gifts, coordinates fund raisers, and supports low income families at Christmas. Wal-Mart and Publix are key donors to their service. For information, contact the toys for Tots referral service above.
Soup Kitchen at Brothers Keeper
Location is 435 NW 2nd St
Ocala, Florida 34475
Main number is (352) 629-1292
The homeless and people in poverty can get Easter, Thanksgiving, or Christmas meals.
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