Children from low income households in Pierce County may be able to receive a free Christmas gift. Charities offer toys, clothing, electronics, and many other items. In addition, the family can be provide a hot Thanksgiving or Christmas meal, and more information on the organizations to apply at is below.
These holiday programs in the Tacoma area are focused on those families living in poverty with youth as well as senior citizens. Other residents who tend to be provided help include the unemployed, disabled, and single months. Each year thousands of kids are given free Christmas toys and others receive other help, all due to the generosity of the community.
When seeking assistance during the holidays, both gifts and food baskets are provided on a first come and served basis. Be sure to apply for help early.
DSHS of Tacoma, Puyallup, and Lakewood
They provide toys to children under the age of 14, if the family already receives benefits, such as food stamps of Head Start. In order to get a toy, applicants need photo I.D, driver's license, and proof of income.
Pierce County Toys for Tots – This provides gifts to children using donations. New, unwrapped toys, games, books, bikes, and more may be offered. The applications are normally processed in November and early December.
Allen AME Church
Address is 1223 MLK Jr Way
Tacoma, Washington 98405
(253) 572 – 5733
The Christmas House has free winter coats, boots, toys, and more. All gifts in Pierce County are first come, first served to low income families.
Children's Home Society
Location 17010 S Vaughn Rd
Vaughn, WA, 98394
For information, call (253) 884-5433
They offer holiday assistance to Gig Harbor/Key Peninsula. Toys, presents, clothing, and more is for struggling/working poor parents.
Salvation Army – Tacoma and Pierce County
1501 6th Ave
Tacoma, WA 98405
Main phone - (253) 572-8452
They serve Thanksgiving and Christmas meals, run the Angel Tree program, and offer other programs. Everything from toys to food from a pantry, funds for heating bills, and vouchers are given to clients.
Toy Rescue Mission
Address - 607 S Winnifred St
Tacoma, WA, 98465
Telephone: (253) 460 - 6711
Toys passed out can include books, games, dolls, trucks, gift wrap, movies, stuffed animals, and more.
Black Diamond Community Center
31605 3rd Ave
Black Diamond, WA, 98010
Phone number is (360) 886-1011
Senior citizens can get a free Christmas meal. A lunch is served to clients.
Main address - 622 4th Ave E
Puyallup, Washington 98372
Both a Thanksgiving meal with a turkey is served along with a free Christmas dinner. Small stocking stuffers may be provided too.
Gig Harbor Peninsula FISH Food Bank
Address - 4425 Burnham Dr NW
Gig Harbor, WA, 98332
Dial (253) 858 – 6179
Low income families and those living in poverty can be given free Christmas food baskets.
Address is 1200 S 336th St.
Federal Way, Washington 98003
Food, groceries, and more is given at Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas to Federal Way School District residents only.
Oasis of Hope Foundation
1937 S G St Oasis of Hope Center
Tacoma, WA 98405
Children and teenagers under the age of 19 can be given a free toy. There is also a chick dinner and other Christmas meals served.
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