Miami Dade County Florida non-profit organizations provide families and children with free Christmas gifts, toys, food, and holiday assistance. Centers will also hold other activities, including serving free meals and maybe holding holiday events. The leading agency in Miami that provides this support is the Salvation Army, but several other options are available to low income families as noted below.
The programs tend to begin during the fall and run through the winter months. Apply early as resources are limited. Assistance provided ranges from free Thanksgiving meals being served to groceries being passed out. Residents can turn to pantries and other feeding sites during the holiday timeframe.
The Christmas assistance offered is wide ranging. Applications are usually processed in September and later. Qualified families, seniors, and children can receive free toys, school supplies, gifts, clothing, games, and more. What is passed out will really depend on donations and fund raisers from the community. Many of the Christmas programs also rely on contributions and generosity of individuals and businesses in the community.
The Dieuveny Foundation
Location is 914 4 Street
Miami Beach, Florida 33139
Call the center at (678) 886-6773
This is a smaller program in the region. The agency will provide free Christmas gifts to children, and they can only serve a limited number of families, so apply early.
Salvation Army Corp Centers
There are several offices in Miami-Dade County and they administer a handful of holiday and Thanksgiving programs. Free groceries, hot meals, Turkeys, Hams, and other food is served. Gifts and toys may be passed out at Christmas from the Angel Tree and/or Adopt a family programs.
Hundreds, if not thousands, of children, immigrants, and low income families receive clothing, toys, and support. The Miami Salvation Army tries to spread cheer and joy to the less fortunate. The centers provide a warm environment for both community outreach and even worship if need be. Senior citizens can even receive home delivered meals or gifts during the holidays.
10201 Hammocks Blvd., Suite 149
Miami, Florida 33196
Call (305) 385-9981
Homestead Soup Kitchen
Main address - 105 SW 3rd Avenue
Homestead, FL 33030
Call (305) 245-7448 for applications and information.
The location serves meals, including around Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. Turkeys, meats, pies, and other items may be served. Please donate or volunteer if you can. In addition, if resources allow, small holiday gifts may be passed out.
UM - Project Cradle - Pediatric Aids Fund-raising
PO Box 016960
Miami, FL 33101
Dressing Children With Pride
Location is 2624 NW 21st Terrace
Miami, Florida 33142
Main phone number - (305) 638-5878
The non-profit organization offers new clothing, shoes, etc. free of charge to those that are low income, abused, neglected and homeless. This is mostly for children from the Dade County region, including those that are in shelters and foster care. The agency also tries to provide free Halloween costumes and special requests (Prom or Christmas) when available. The holiday programs operate in the fall.
City Of Hialeah Gardens
Main address is 10001 NW 87th Avenue
Hialeah, FL 33016
Telephone number - (305) 558-4114
Provides holiday gifts, toys, and also limited amounts of financial assistance for bills such as water and electricity. A number of other social services are provided, including at Christmas time, free gifts are provided for low-income and working poor families.
Faith Community Development Outreach Center
Location is 7770 NW 23rd Avenue
Telephone number is (305) 691-3865
Has a feeding ministry and soup kitchen for the general public. During the Thanksgiving and Christmas season, the church distributes free toys, books and games to needy children.
Holy Faith Missionary Baptist Church
Location is 17001 NW 20 Avenue
Opa Locka, FL 33056
Main phone number - (305) 621-5187
The church provides food and groceries to low income families. This is done year round. In addition, during the Christmas holiday season, the church provides free gifts and food to low income families and seniors.
Miami Dade County Board Of County Commissioners - District 9 - Holiday Event
16330 SW 147 Avenue
Miami, Florida 33187
Holds events, outreach and festivals.
Abundant Living Citi Church
Address is 3001 NW 22nd Avenue
Miami, FL 33142
Main phone - (305) 637-3558
Just Kids Centers - The Achievers - Out Of School Program, Just Kids East
12470 SW 8th Street
Miami, Florida 33184
Telephone - (305) 221-0011
Focuses on students and teenagers. Meals, gifts, school supplies, clothing, and holiday programs and support is provided.
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