Help is available during the holidays from non-profits and charities in West Virginia. Agencies across the state off free food or meals and maybe even gifts or toys for children. Another focus of the programs is on helping the elderly and seniors have a form of holiday joy, so some of the charities may have volunteers that can deliver meals to homebound senior citizens or disabled families.
The amount of goods or food available is limited, and the application period will start during the fall months. Assistance at the holidays is normally provided on a first come and served basis, and since many of the types and meals depend on volunteers and fund raisers, resources are limited.
As resources allow, the non-profits in West Virginia may have free winter coats, toys, games, and other items for children. Programs names may be Angel tree or Adopt a Family as well as many others. Some of them may also provide gift certificates for holiday shopping at a thrift store.
Belle Ministerial Association – Covers both Belle and Quincy County
320 East 8th Street
Belle, WV 25015
Main phone - (304) 949-3126
They offer a pantry which may have holiday food, such as a Thanksgiving turkey or other boxes of food.
Bethlehem Apostolic Temple
Main address is 330 Main Street
Wheeling, West Virginia 26003
Main phone number is (304) 233-8899
Bread of Life Ministries
102 Nazarene Drive
South Charleston, WV 25309
Low income families of Kanawha and Boone County can use this charity service. Food baskets at Easter or Christmas may be offered, along with a small gift for a child.
Boone County Community Organization (BCCO)
347 Kenmore Drive, Room 1A
Danville, WV 25053
The non-profit runs a Secret Santa program, and there may also be free toys or presents from the Christmas Bureau.
Church of the Nazarene
Charleston, West Virginia 25306
Call (304) 925-4373
A holiday food pantry helps families in Tad, Malden, Blount, and Drybranch.
There are multiple locations of this church based charity. Some of them are below. Most sites will try to spread holiday joy to seniors by delivering a meal from volunteers, offer small toys, and help single moms as well at Christmas.
EnAct of Upper Kanawha Valley is located at Chesapeake City Hall
12404 MacCorkle Avenue
Charleston, WV 25315
This is a large regional non-profit. Referrals and other aid is available. Over 15 counties and towns are served in the region, including Belle, Gallagher, Marmet, Pond Gap, Shrewsbury, London, Crown Hill, Kayford, and many others.
Good Shepherd Mission
1013 First Avenue
East Bank, West Virginia 25067
Food baskets at Thanksgiving and Christmas are offered along with a hot meal for the working poor. Regions include Cabin Creek, Pratt, Chelyan, Dawes, Decota, Drybranch, Crown Hill, East Bank, Eskdale, Gallagher, Kayford, Marmet, Miami, Ohley, Leewood, Quincy, Shrewsbury, and Winifrede.
Goodwill Industries of Kanawha and Putnam Valley
215 Virginia Street, West
Charleston, WV 25302
Meals for the homeless and working poor.
Location is 1000 Elmer Prince Drive
P. O. Box 4066
Morgantown, West Virginia 26504
Heart and Hand House
4963 MacCorkle Ave. SW
South Charleston, WV 25309
Christmas assistance, such as food baskets, and small toys, gifts, and presents may be passed out.
Horizon Goodwill Industries
Serving both Jefferson and Berkeley County, and holiday assistance is available for qualified families.
Liberty In Christ Soup Kitchen
13 S Florida Street
Buckhannon, WV 26201
Turkeys, hot meals for the poor and homeless, and Christmas clothing or blankets may be passed out.
1620 7th Avenue
Charleston, WV 25312
For information, call 304-344-3407
They offer many holiday programs from dozen of centers. The names are Angel Tree as well as other free toys shops. Some of the Salvation Army centers include the following.
Address is PO Box 3982
Charleston, West Virginia 25339
Serves Boone County and nearby regions. Volunteers donate toys, which are then giving to infants, teenagers, and children.
St. Albans Ministerial Association - First Presbyterian Church
201 Kanawha Terrace, WV 25177
Covers both Saint Albans and Jefferson.
Union Mission - Family Services
700 South Park Road
Charleston, WV 25304
Assistance ranges from household items to food from a pantry, furniture, vouchers, and more.