There are several charities that offer free holiday meals and toys to struggling families. While the number of places to contact for help in the Montgomery County Ohio region is limited, there are still possibilities for low income families.
The main provider of free Christmas gifts in Dayton and other parts of the county is Toys for Tots, and they normally help thousands of households per year. More information on their services are below. Other charities also provide support. The assistance can include, but is not limited too, Thanksgiving or Christmas meals, gifts for children, and food for senior citizens. There may even be volunteers that visit the homebound during the holidays.
Since the charitable programs are limited, apply early for help at Christmas. Also, if someone is given clothing, boots, toys, gift cards or a food basket from a local charity, these will only be available do to donations of the community. In other words, the charities may not always be able to provide exactly what a kid requests.
Toys for Tots of Montgomery County
Registrations are required from the Family Request Form. Donors, such as churches and people, will provide new, unwrapped toys to the Marine Corps affiliated agency. The goods are then given to children under the age of 13 during Christmas. Almost 20,000 kids get help every year. Register online.
The Salvation Army Community Center at Dayton
There are multiple centers in the county, including at 1000 N Keowee St. Dayton, OH (phone (937) 528-5100). They offer various social services, including Angel Tree free Christmas gifts for children. Presents, clothing, winter coats, games, and other items are given. Adopt a Family offers free meals, presents, and more to the entire household, including senior citizens. Find other sites, and locate Montgomery County Ohio Salvation Army centers.
Dial 225-3000 for referrals.
Callers of all income backgrounds can get information on holiday help. Non-profits offer assistance at Easter, Thanksgiving, and of course Christmas.
FLOC - For Love of Children
Telephone number is (937) 223-3562
Over the years, the charity has grown from helping about 15 families from its Christmas for Kids program to a couple thousand. Case management is combined with free, donated toys, food for low income households in Montgomery County, and other support. The charity is run by volunteers.
Good Neighbor House
627 East First Street
Dayton, Ohio 45402
Main phone - (937) 224-3003
Families living in poverty can get household goods, hot meals (including at the holidays), free clothing and more. They also bring Christmas cheer to the homeless.
64 Burns Avenue
Dayton, Ohio 45402
The Montgomery County charity offers basic goods, such as kitchen supplies, winter boots, coats, and more. The assistance is given year round, including at Christmas. There is also a full meal buffet.
West Carrollton Pantry
6 North Locust Street
West Carrollton, Ohio 45439
Call (937) 847-2274
Only covers families in zip codes of 45439 and 45449. Groceries, including holiday food baskets, may be pass out.
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