San Antonio area residents that need help in providing for their children or families around the holidays’ can get assistance from non-profits and other organizations. Several agencies and charities provide free clothing, gifts, toys, books, and much more to the least fortunate. Free Thanksgiving or Christmas meals are also coordinated at some locations.
The conditions of each program will vary and many have age and/or income restrictions. Some may only help children while others can assist senior citizens and may even deliver meals to those that are homebound or in a nursing home. If a center can’t provide what you need, then volunteers may have referrals to other places to contact or stop by at for Christmas assistance.
As noted, donations are needed as well as time from volunteers. If you can contribute to a non-profit in San Antonio or anywhere else in Bexar County, please do so. Food, clothing, toys, coats, shoes, and much more is always needed.
City of San Antonio - Police Department
Main address is 515 S Frio, however see below for more information/locations.
San Antonio, TX 78207
Phone number is 210-207-7413
The department can provide assistance to children 12 years of age and younger. The program opens up during the fall months, and usually starting November 1st. To get more information or to apply, the application needs to be made in person. Families can apply at any San Antonio Police Department substation and not just the location above.
Main address is 503 San Pedro
San Antonio, Texas 78212
Main phone number is 210-299-4540
One of the programs administered is known as Light Up a Child's Heart Christmas program. It is available for newborns, infants, and children/teens up to age 17. People need to meet with a case manager.
Salvation Army - San Antonio and Bexar County Area Command
Location is 521 W Elmira
San Antonio, TX 78212
The non-profit offers help around the main holiday’s, including Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. Thousands of children across the city and the county receive gifts, toys, and other support from the non-profit. They also have several offices. The main program offered is Angel Tree, and it allows people from the community to “adopt” a child and buy them books, games, toys, and clothing.
Residents of the City can look into the SAPD Blue Santa Program. This may have items around Christmas. The main centers are listed below, as well as phone numbers.
East - (210) 207-7781
Central -(210) 207-7410
North - (210) 207-8126
West - call (210) 207-7420
South - (210) 207-8191
North Western - (210) 207-7425
Family Service Association of San Antonio, Inc.
Main address - 702 San Pedro
San Antonio, TX 78212
Telephone number is 210-299-2400
The agency will match needy families and seniors needing help for the holidays with donations and people who are looking to support the less fortunate. The Christmas programs provide necessities like toiletries, warm clothing, pots and pans, free food, and toys. This and more may be offered to San Antonio families with extremely limited incomes.
Toys for Tots of Bexar County and the city
Several local charities participate. The enrollment dates are limited. Low income families with children can be given free, unwrapped toys, games, electronics, books, and more. The Christmas program supports single mothers, immigrants in San Antonio, and the working poor among others.
Sendero Food Ministry
Location is Address is 5408 Daughtry Drive
San Antonio Texas 78238
Dial (210) 680-0111
Applications are taken for toy programs. There may also be Christmas meals, Thanksgiving food boxes, and other holiday support.
San Antonio Breath of Life
3023 Martin Luther King
San Antonio, Texas 78220
Low income families can sign up for free gift programs. There may be clothing or presents for children under the age of 13. The charity is part of Toys for Tots, the regional holiday service.
Christmas Feast of Sharing Sponsored by HEB, Henry B Gonzalez Convention Center
San Antonio, TX 78205
This is a free dinner that takes place most years. The program is known as Feast of Sharing Christmas Dinner and it takes place every Saturday before Christmas at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, specifically Halls A & B. The meals and event is free and open to the general public too, regardless of someone’s income. Many people who are struggling to buy a full meal on their own take advantage of the program.
Elf Louise Christmas Program
PO Box 39107
San Antonio, Texas 78218
Main phone number is 210-224-1843
The non-profit accepts monetary donations and donations of new toys and its will be provided to the needy and struggling.
Administers social service programs and provides assistance, including around the holidays such as Thanksgiving and Christmas. Referrals, information, and other support may be provided to low income families, seniors, and children.
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