The primary Christmas toy program in the Northeast Tennessee area, including Kingsport and Johnson City, is Toys for Tots, but there are also several other charities that may help the less fortunate during the holidays. There are churches that serve meals, places that may offer free gifts to children, and holiday food baskets from pantries. The leading organizations in Washington, Green, Carter and Sullivan County are below.
Depending on what has been donated to the charity or church listed below, a family may be able to get a food basket with a turkey, meat, groceries, and more. Some of the charities, such as the Salvation Army, often have free Christmas gifts as well for children and senior citizens. This is mostly as a result of donations from the community, including Angel Tree or Toys for Tots. Note any holiday assistance programs are first come and served, so applications are accepted early.
Even if a family does not qualify for a free Christmas present or meal, referrals are often given. As there may be other local Sullivan and Washington County charities that can help.
Holiday programs from Central Baptist Church
Location is 301 Carver Street
Kingsport, Tennessee 37660
Dial (423) 245-6978
The food pantry will have special Christmas and Thanksgiving food baskets. These can be provided (for free) to clients of the charity.
Toys for Tots
There are 3 agencies in the Kingsport area. The application process will normally start in late September or October 1, with the window closing in a few weeks time. This program is run in partnership with the USMC, or Marine Corps.
Based on donations from the community, there may be games, clothing, dolls for girls or toy trucks for boys, small electronics and other gifts. All of the items will be new, so this is one of the primary Christmas assistance programs available in the region.
Higher Ground Baptist Church Care Ministries
1601 Lynn Garden Drive
Kingsport, Tennessee 37665
Small holiday programs can be provided, mostly meals at Thanksgiving and/or Christmas.
Salvation Army of Johnson and Easter Sullivan
137 Martin Luther King Jr, Blvd
Bristol Tennessee 37620
Telephone: (423) 764-6156
Toys for Tots is run from here. This center serves Johnson County and Eastern Sullivan County as well as Bristol City.
Salvation Army Family Store
2506 S. Roan St
Johnson City Tennessee, 37604
Christmas help is for children that live in Unicoi County, Carter, or Washington County.
A third Salvation Army center
505-517 Dale Street
Kingsport Tennessee, 37660
Dial (423) 246-6671
They run both Angel Tree and Toys for Tots in Sullivan and Hawkins County. Toys, gifts, and other presents by may available to low income qualified families.
Gifts For Kids
120 Ashville Hwy
Greenville TN Tennessee 37743
Green County residents can apply here.
Good Samaritan Ministries
100 N Roan St
Johnson City, TN 37601
Mostly holiday or Christmas food programs are run, but from time to time there may be toys. This can be games, stocking stuffers, and other items for kids from from local families living in poverty.
Haven of Rest Rescue Mission - Haven Thrift Store
Location of clothing bank - 624 Anderson St
Bristol, Tennessee 37620
Phone: (423) 968-2011
They mostly focus on food, but in some cases this charity has gifts for children of homeless families. There may be small toys, free clothes, and even Thanksgiving turkey meals served.
Hope House Center for Women
614 Cedar Ct
Kingsport, Tennessee 37663
Phone: (423) 247-7994
The non-profit only supports low income women that are expecting. They too can learn about resources available for them, both year round and for the holidays.
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