Free Christmas gifts as well as toys and other assistance is available in Plymouth County. The charity organizations that offer these services will often coordinate other holiday programs in the region too, such as Easter baskets for children or serve free Thanksgiving meals to families living in poverty.
What may be provided depends on donation levels. Anyone that can contribute to a local Christmas program is encourage to do so, and the items supplied may be as follows.
-Meals are fairly widely available. Everything from a soup kitchen in Plymouth to a food pantry may have a turkey for the less fortunate, deliver a hot or frozen meal to the homebound or senior citizen.
-Children can often get a free toy at Christmas. It is usually for those under the age of 15 or so.
-Other holiday assistance ranges from gift cards to clothing or food vouchers.
Find the leading charities as well as churches to apply at below. Resources are always limited.
Norwell Food Pantry
Call (781) 690-5050 or another number to try is 659-7878
The Christmas program is known as Adopt-a-Family and they also run the Kids In Need service. It operates year round, with an increased emphasis on providing kids toys, gifts, and clothing at Christmas.
Brockton - Catholic Charities South
Location is 169 Court St
Brockton, Massachusetts 02302
Phone number for intake - (508) 587-0815
Children under the age of 14 can sign up for Toys for Kids.
Scituate Community Christmas
PO Box 704
Scituate, MA 02066
Phone: (781) 545-7108
A non-profit runs this, but it is only for income qualified Scituate residents. Free food, Christmas gifts, and more is offered. Priority is for senior citizens as well as children.
Marshfield Kiwanis Club
PO Box 725
Marshfield, MA, 02050
A home delivery service may bring the disabled and elderly a Thanksgiving meal. There may also be Christmas food baskets for families in poverty.
Plymouth Area Coalition
Mailing address - 149 Bishop's Highway
Kingston, MA, 02364
Call (781) 582-2010
The homeless are served by this charity.
Wellspring Multi-Service Center
14 Nantasket Avenue
Hull, Massachusetts 02045
There is a pantry which may have Thanksgiving items to prepare a meal, Christmas food boxes, frozen Turkeys for distribution, and other services.
Marshfield Community Christmas
140 Main St Route 3A
Marshfield, Massachusetts 02050
Phone number is (781) 837-8405
Assistance may be provided to income qualified Plymouth County families. They can receive free Christmas toys, clothing, presents, trees and food boxes for the holiday season.
My Brother's Keeper of Plymouth County
A regional charity that offer help at Christmas to towns including Brockton. A focus is on the elderly, seniors, and families with children that have a one time crisis.
Toys For Tots - Plymouth
Register online. Very low income families in Plymouth County can get help from this US Marin Corps supported program. Toys, games, bikes, and unwrapped presents may be passed out.
Brockton - Police Station
When available, registration may go as late as mid-December. Clothing, toys, and more are passed out to low income Plymouth County families.
Salvation Army – Plymouth Social Services center
8 Carver Street
Plymouth, Massachusetts 02360
Phone number is (508) 746-1559
A soup kitchen services holiday meals, including at Christmas. There is also an Adopt a Family free toy program, shelters, gift cards, case management, and other assistance is arranged.
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