Christmas and Thanksgiving assistance is available from dozens of non-profits in the Montgomery County Maryland region. They are part of the Holiday Giving Project, and all requests for assistance will only be given to qualified families with a referral. For those found eligible, they may be given free Christmas toys, games, meals, and other help.
In order to get a referral to the Project, the applicant needs to meet low income levels and be a parent or guardian to the child. Not everyone will be able to qualify for assistance. In fact, Christmas toys, meals, gift cards and other goods are only available as the result of donations. Many people, as well as businesses and non-profits such as Toys for Tots, partner together to ensure the success of the Montgomery County Holiday Giving Project program.
There is also coordination involved in the county. Residents can only apply one time, at one charity. Then a referral is given, and if donations allow, toys and more may be provided to the children. Note they need to be under the age of 16 to qualify. To apply for these free holiday assistance programs in Montgomery County Maryland, contact an organization below.
Toys for Tots partner with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Families that currently receive some form of public aid can also enroll into the Holiday Giving Project. They need to inquire with their current caseworker. There may be food given to them, Thanksgiving Turkeys, dolls for girls, winter coats or boots, and much more.
Address is 7728 Woodmont Ave
Bethesda, Maryland 20814
Phone number is (301) 907-9244
The main holiday programs are run from the pantry. There may be Thanksgiving/Christmas meals for the homeless and low income. Some clients are given small toys too.
Public School and Head Start counselors can enroll students. Parents that need to get a toy or clothing for their child, or even school supplies, should call their school and ask the counselor about the program.
Montgomery County Maryland families enrolled into section 8 can request applications from the HOC - Housing Opportunities Commission. In Silver Spring, dial 240-627-9793 for information on the Holiday Project. Or people in Germantown or Gaithersburg, call 240-627-9792 for referrals.
Salvation Army of Montgomery County
Main center address: 20021 Aircraft Drive
Germantown MD 20874
Programs include Adopt a Family and financial aid. Volunteers drop off toys, electronics, clothing and more. The Salvation Army provides the items for free to the needy at Christmas.
McCarrick Family Center
Location is 12247 Georgia Avenue
Silver Spring, Maryland 20902
Phone - (301) 942-1790
Free clothing, shoes, diapers, food, and other holiday help may be arranged.
Dozens of other charities, churches, and non-profits also offer help at the holidays. Examples of them include A Wider Circle, Bethesda Rotary Clubs, Church of the Resurrection, Housing Opportunities Commission, Manna Food Center, The People's Community Baptist Church, Montgomery County Muslim Foundation, and many others.
If a family living in poverty is looking for a free present for their child to open on Christmas morning, or families seeking a hot meal, can dial 240-777-0311 to learn about other programs, including the Holiday Giving Project. Their request will be put into a database and fulfilled if possible.
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