Sonoma County families can turn to charities, schools, and government agencies among other places for assistance at the holidays. What may be provided to income qualified families ranges from toys to games, food, and hot meals, with some seniors or the disabled able to have items delivered to them.
The goal is to reach out and provide Christmas or even Thanksgiving assistance to less fortunate families. Even if it is just one toy and a small meal, the goal is to help as many children and others as possible. These non-profits in Sonoma County do rely on donations from the local and local businesses, so please give back whenever possible.
More information on the programs are below. Call an agency to apply for help. Note most programs operate on a first come-served basis.
Salvation Army Santa Rosa Corps
93 Stony Circle
Santa Rosa, CA 95401
Families with children under the age of 15 can apply for Adopt a Family. Presents, meals, small toys, and more is provided in Sonoma County. There may also be case management and financial aid as well.
Catholic Charities of Santa Rosa
Address is 987 Airway Court
Santa Rosa, California 95402
For an application, dial 707-528-8712
Christmas and holiday meals are for seniors. Low income parents, single moms, and disabled may be given toys or small presents as well.
Redwood Gospel Mission Homeless Shelter
Location - 1821 Piner Road
Santa Rosa, CA
Children, teens, and families in the shelter can take part in meal programs.
River to Coast Children's Services
Location is 16300 1st St
Guerneville, California 95446
Dial the charity at (707) 869-3613
Gift certificates, donated toys, and more are for children in age from toddler to teenagers.
Firefighters Toys for Kids program
Local stations collect donated toys, boxes of food, games, and more at Thanksgiving and Christmas. The items are then given to low income families with children in Sonoma County through their partners. The agencies to call upon include the regional Giving Tree, Y.W.C.A. Safe house, local schools such as Kwana and Steel Lane, and Children's Home.
Guerenville Holiday Community Dinner & Toy Drive
Church & 1st Street
A free, annual meal is served at Christmas.
Forestville United Methodist Church
6550 Covey Road
Forestville, California, 95436
Only residents of Forestville can apply. Free food is offered at Thanksgiving and Christmas, among other holidays.
Redwood Gospel Mission
Address is 1350 Bennett Valley Road
Santa Rosa, CA, 95404
Main phone - 707-542-4817
Clients of the holiday services range from the homeless to underemployment and working poor. There may be free dinner, small presents, meals or coffee, and even services such as haircuts.
Windsor Service Alliance
8987 Windsor Road
Windsor, California, 95492
Programs are only for students at Windsor High Schools, and the assistance is offered in partnership with Kiwanis.
Friends in Sonoma Helping
The goal is to offer a free food basket at Christmas. Meats, fresh fruits, and more are offered. Some clients are given a gift certificate.
Salvation Army Petaluma Corps
Address is 21 S. McDowell Blvd.
Petaluma, CA, 94954
Free Christmas programs, shelter, a food pantry, and other resources are available.
264 First Street East
Sonoma, CA 95476
Senior citizens can either receive an on site or home delivered meal. This is available at Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Sonoma County
PO Box 1095
Rohnert Park, California 94927
The main phone - (707) 584-1579
A thrift store can sell low cost toys, clothes and more. Some qualified families may be given a voucher to pay for free items at Christmas.
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