All across Summit County are charities and churches that offer help during the holidays. They assist low income families with children by providing free Christmas gifts or food and help seniors as well as the homebound in the form of home delivered meals. Other assistance is also provided to the less fortunate, depending on donation and volunteer levels.
Most of the services are focused on families with children, whether they are single parents or guardians. Other assistance is for those with a short term crisis (such as unemployment) or the homebound. In either case, programs as wide ranging as Adopt a Family or Toys for Tots in Summit County can provide gifts, games, winter coats, electronics, meals, and more to the less fortunate during the Christmas season.
Note that while not as common, some of the charities also offer help during Thanksgiving and/or Easter. Or if they do not, then referrals may be given as well.
Akron Bible Church
Address is 783 Brown Street
Akron, Ohio 44311
Children under the age of 12 may be provided free holiday toys. There are also baskets of food to programs that serve a meal and more. The assistance is part of their “Holiday Love” program.
East Akron Neighborhood Development Corporation
550 South Arlington Street
Akron, Ohio 44306
Main phone - (330) 773-6838
They help low income families using the resources from Toys for Tots. There is also Christmas baskets as well as gifts for the disabled, seniors, and families living in poverty.
First Apostolic Faith Church
Location - 790 Easter Avenue
Akron, OH 44307
For information, call (330) 762-9139
Young children and teenagers (those 14 and under) can apply for toys. There may be dolls for girls, notebooks, toy trucks, board games, and much more based on donations from people in Summit County.
Greater Bethel Baptist
404 South Arlington Street
Akron, OH 44306
The charity is a Toys for Tots distribution site.
Mothers Assisting Mothers
Main address: 680 East Market Street
Akron, Ohio 44304
Only those parents diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis can apply for help. There is Thanksgiving or Christmas food, transportation, and other aid provided.
Solid Rock Christian Fellowship Baptist Church
Address: 1316 Kentucky Avenue
Akron, Ohio 44314
Phone: (330) 812-0418
Kids in Summit County as well as infants can be given a free Christmas gift. It may be a toy or article or clothing, and volunteers from the church also serve meals. Companionship is also offered to the needy.
South Arlington United Methodist Church - Youth And Elder Services
790 South Arlington Avenue
Akron, Ohio 44306
As the name of the charity implies, both the elderly and children are main beneficiaries. Holiday food, Turkeys at Thanksgiving, toys for the youth, and more is provided.
St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church
1350 Virginia Ave.
Akron Ohio 44306
Holiday Programs from Salvation Army of Summit County
They offer many forms of support to struggling, low income families. There are Thanksgiving meals and food baskets. During Christmas, Angel Tree can provide toys and Christmas presents to children. The non-profit also offers meals to the elderly, housing programs, and job training among other social services. Read more Salvation Army programs in Summit County.
Copley Township - Police Department
Office address: 1280 Sunset Drive
Copley, Ohio 44321
The government agency will only support residents of the Copley-Fairlawn School District as part of their “Share a Christmas" program. Winter coats, hats, gloves, food, and more is available during the visit with the police officer.
Firestone Park United Methodist Church
250 North Firestone Boulevard
Akron, Ohio 44301
Main phone - (330) 773-7636
Only meals are served, including with vegetables, meats such as Turkeys, and all the other toppings.
Saint Augustine Church
204 6th Street Northwest
Barberton, Ohio 44203
A free Christmas meal is served to the poor, homeless, and lonely in Summit County.
Haven Of Rest Ministries
175 East Market Street
Akron, Ohio 44308
For applications, dial (330) 535-1563
Volunteers and pastors serve food at Christmas during dinner. There is also a bag of goodies passed out, most of which will be personal care items, soap, shampoo, and more.
Becoming A Light Ministries
Main address - 1316 Kentucky Ave.
Akron Ohio 44324
Bethel SDA Church
1398 Canton Rd
Akron Ohio 44312
Local families or individuals can apply for assistance at Christmas. The church supports those low income households with children by giving various presents to the kids.
The Church On The Hill
Location is 1800 McTaggart Dr.
Akron Ohio 44320
Higher Ground Worship Center
380 Wooster Rd. N
Barberton Ohio 44203
New Kingdom Apostolic Faith Church
Address - 791 Johnston St.
Akron Ohio 44306
Dial (330) 374-1012
Donations from local businesses and individuals allow this church to provide assistance, as resources allow. They partner with the Marine Corps on Toys for Tots, which allows various Christmas gifts to be given out at no cost to clients.
Sanctuary of Worship Church
1421 Malaasia Rd.
Akron Ohio 44305
Main phone - (234) 817-0230
This location is a Summit County affiliated toys for tots application/distribution center. When possible, the church will try to provide gifts to children under the age of 13. Proof of residency, income, and identification is needed, among other supporting information.
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