The programs that provide either Thanksgiving or Christmas assistance in South Dakota are noted below. What is provided will vary, but it may be free Christmas gifts for kids, meals for the entire family, as well as other holiday support. The charities and churches that offer these services often rely on donations from the community to keep these programs operating.
What is provided will depend on donations. For example, the Christmas Angel Tree as well as Toys for Tots programs use contributions from individuals, businesses, and even churches to help children from low income households. Applicants may be given everything from a toy to books, free clothes, games, electronics, and more. Some charities in South Dakota will let the child list what they want too.
Holiday meals are more widely available. Generally there will be a service on the day of Thanksgiving, Christmas or even Easter. Generally anyone in the region can stop for food basket or meal as well as companionship. Some even deliver to the elderly or homebound as well. Or use this resource to find free presents for children from low income families.
The Salvation Army Northern Hills
Main location is 320 Ryan Road
Spearfish, South Dakota 57783
Phone number is (605) 722-4321
Needy families can receive a Thanksgiving Food Box with a turkey and toppings, applications to toys from Angel Tree (for kids ages 0-12), as well as Christmas Meal Boxes.
Toys for Tots - Optimist Club of Sturgis
Dial (605) 347-4003
There are toys for kids and teenagers under the age of 18, and applicants need to live in the Sturgis South Dakota community.
Custer South Dakota, 57730
Main number is (605) 673-3565
The application period starts in November for those people in the charities database. The programs include Select-A-Gift to shop for toys or gift cards, a Christmas Dinner at the Custer Senior Center, and more. If qualified, no one is turned away for receiving help.
The Salvation Army Rapid City - Social Service Center
Main address - 405 N. Cherry Avenue
Rapid City, South Dakota 57701
Phone: (605) 342-0982
The center provides adopt a Family and Angel Tree. There is also other financial aid programs, shelter, a thrift store, and other resources offered.
Lake County Food Pantry, Inc.
111 Van Eps Avenue N.
Madison SD, 57042
Main Phone: (605) 256-6518
Along with a Thanksgiving and Christmas program, there is a free kids pantry backpack program for kids up through 5th grade.
United Way and Volunteer Services of Greater Yankton
610 W. 23rd Street, Suite 11
Yankton SD, 57078
Phone: (605) 665-6766
The non-profit is a local Toys For Kids site in South Dakota.
Center of Hope
225 E. 11th Street
Sioux Falls SD, 57104
Telephone number is (605) 331-3935
Sharing Christmas partners with churches to give Christmas gifts to families and individuals. They also partner with Department of Social Services, Center of Hope, as well as the Inter-Lakes Community Action Partnership.
Angels Helping Those in Need
Sioux Falls South Dakota
Phone: (605) 951-9779
Free personal hygiene items, clothes, diapers, electronics, birthday and Christmas gifts, and other aid is provided. Volunteers and donors of gifts are matched with working poor families and children.
Toys for Tots - Marine Foundation
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Phone number is (605) 521-8373
Salvation Army Sioux Falls, The Toy Town
800 N. Cliff Avenue
Sioux Falls SD, 57103
Dial the charity at (605) 338-6649
Based on donations, there may be clothes or toys at Christmas, books, games, electronics, and more. The charity also offers year round social services, not just at the holidays.
Augustana Lutheran Church
235 N. Prairie Avenue
Sioux Falls SD, 57104
Phone: (605) 338-1672
The thanksgiving meal registration period is November.
Beresford Faith In Action/Food Bank
Location is 101 S. 5th Street
Beresford SD, 57004
Phone number: (605) 763-8019
Get help with rent, free holiday gift bags, and food. There may also be Thanksgiving and Christmas meals served to the homeless and working poor in Beresford South Dakota.
Cornerstone Rescue Mission
Main office is at 30 Main Street
Rapid City South Dakota 57701
Three free meals a day are served, including on Thanksgiving and Christmas day. The non-profit is open to the public.
First United Methodist Church of Huron
2660 Dakota Avenue S.
Huron SD 57350
Phone: (605) 352-8604
Thanksgiving meas and turkeys are served, including with home delivery to seniors, the disabled, and homebound. There is also seating at the church to eat in.
Address is 900 E. 8th Street
Sioux Falls South Dakota, 57103
Phone number to apply - (605) 335-7066
Christmas breakfasts and dinners are served.
Calvary Baptist Church
Address is 2407 Broadway
Yankton South Dakota, 57078
Phone: (605) 760-3170
A Community Thanksgiving Feast is served to people who sign up on time. Children may also be given a Christmas stocking stuffer.
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