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Free holiday assistance in Oakland and Alameda County.

Holiday assistance programs in Alameda County can help low income and working poor families make it through the Christmas or Thanksgiving season. There are resources, such as free meals, Christmas gifts or toys as well as food baskets passed out. The programs are administered throughout the year, including on Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. Find where and how to get help from Toys for Tots, Adopt a Family and Angel Tree in Oakland California (as well as the county) below.

Most of the programs, in particular the Christmas ones as well as Toys for Tots, are for households with children. Kids may get Legos, books, video games, stuffed animals and more. Or there may also be assistance for the homebound or elderly that living in a nursing home. Thousands of struggling families in Alameda County use this services to help provide a toy or hot meal for their children during the holidays.

In addition to the individual churches and charities, there is also a referral service run by the Alameda County Community Food Bank. They have a hotline in place that directs families to holiday additional meal sites or places that offer Adopt a Family, which is a source of gifts or toys. So there are options for residents in the city of Oakland California region. Much of the food bank is also focused on serving dinners, or giving out ingredients. Find free Christmas dinner assistance programs.

ACCFB - Alameda County Community Food Bank
Address - 7900 Edgewater Drive, Oakland, California. Phone – (510) 635-3663 in November to December.
They operate from multiple sites. Most of the holiday assistance is in the form of free food or meals, including Turkeys at Thanksgiving, but they also offer a key referral service to soup kitchens and other charities. Some of those groups may have toys or presents for Christmas.

Viola Blythe Community Service Center of Newark
37365 Ash Street, Newark, CA. Phone - 510-794-3437
Help is for lower income residents of Newark, Fremont or Union City only. Proof of income and residency is required to get a free Thanksgiving or Christmas food basket or a small present for a child.

Badarikashrama (Budareek-ash-rama)
Address: 15602 Maubert Avenue, San Leandro, California. Phone – 510-278-2444
Indian food for the holidays. The non-profit distributes free toys to children during December at select sites. The service is first come and first served until all gifts are passed out.

 

 

 

Alameda County and Oakland Salvation Army centers provide assistance. Holiday programs include Adopt a Family, Angel Tree, free Christmas presents and Salvation Army offers other free holiday. Using the generosity of businesses and individuals, the faith based group tries to provide a Christmas gift to every needy child and a holiday meal or companionship. Get food boxes, toys such as Legos or Barbie dolls, food boxes and more. The locations include the following.

  • The main Salvation Army center is at 2794 Garden St, Oakland, CA 94601. For information on holiday or financial help, call (510) 383-9300
  • The Oakland Chinatown Corps and Community Center is at 379 12th St, Oakland, CA 94607. Call (510) 645-9710
  • Hayward Salvation Army Center is on 430 A St. Telephone - (510) 581-6444.
  • Oakland office is at 601 Webster St, Oakland, California, telephone (510) 836-8971
  • Salvation Army, 36700 Newark Blvd, Newark, CA, telephone (510) 793-6319.
  • There is also a a Thrift Store for gently used goods. Address is 1918 Park St, Alameda, CA, (510) 769-7401
  • Other resources are offered too, including Angel Tree applications.

CityTeam Ministries
722 Washington Street, Oakland, California. Phone – 510-452-3758
A wide variety of assistance programs are offered in Oakland CA. They give out free stuff, including clothes, Christmas or birthday toys, food boxes for the holidays and more. Or access a homeless shelter, clothing closet, or free food pantry for holiday help.

Berkley Holiday Fund
This non-profit gives out checks (gift cards) to qualified families. They can use the money to pay for Christmas presents, buy food or groceries, and acquire other holiday goods. Learn more or apply here. http://www.berkeleyholidayfund.org/.

Central American Refugee Committee
4848 International Blvd, Oakland, California. Phone –  510-461-4982. or 510-393-9546 or try 510) 533-8140
Immigrants can apply for a small number of free Christmas toys or clothing items. Volunteers are needed too, and there is an application process.

 

 

 

 

Tree of Life Church
1637 Fruitvale Ave, Oakland, CA 94601. Call (510) 692-7601
Free Christmas and Thanksgiving dinners, meals, turkeys, and toys may be offered in Alameda County too.

OakLuv
the charity has been spreading holiday job since the mod 2000s. They provide free Christmas gifts and meals to the unemployed, working poor, immigrants and others. Applications are offered in Spanish too. Using donations from the Oakland CA region (and corporations) parent, including single moms, can get toys, games, hygiene supplies, shoes and more for their kids. Dial 510-833-6560.

Grandmothers Who Help, Inc.
They are based in Livermore, but assist the county. Call 925-727-4335
Food, free toys. social services, applications to Toys for Tots and more is offered.

Chabad of The East Bay
1710 University Ave, Berkeley, CA 94703. Phone – 510-540-5824
This is a program for Jewish families in Berkeley.

Catholic Charities
The Oakland CA and Alameda County charity has many programs. Whether it is money to help pay bills, or free Thanksgiving or Christmas food baskets or toys for children, they help. There is support for non-English speakers as well. Or attend holiday parities, get a ham or Thanksgiving turkey or cultural holiday meal and other support. More on Catholic Charities in Oakland CA and Almeda County.

Berkeley Food Pantry
1600 Sacramento St, Berkeley, CA 94702. Call (510) 525-2280
There are free groceries for holiday meals as well as small Christmas gifts, decorations for a tree, or toys for kids from low-income families.

East Oakland Collective
Location is 7800 MacArthur Blvd, Oakland, CA 94605. Call (510) 990-0775
They have a program known as Feed the Hood. This provides help to the homeless, single moms, minorities and others in need. Get free catered meals, stocking stuffers for kids, groceries, small Christmas toys and other stuff for the holidays.

Points of Light & Mighty Blaze
4292 Keller Ave. Oakland, CA 94605. Call 510-279-9125
Most years, hundreds if not thousands of vulnerable, struggling people get help from the charity. Whether it is companionship, free meals for seniors or the vulnerable, or a small present or gift card, help is offered.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ministerios Maranatha
330 Brush St, Oakland, CA 94607. Phone: (510) 836-5837
Get groceries, ingredients and more to make a Thanksgiving or Christmas meal. Turkeys, toppings, desserts, bread and other food stuff is offered.

East Bay Asian Youth Center
The non-profit is at 2025 E 12th St
Oakland, CA 94606
Phone: (510) 533-1092
Holiday programs are offered, including for Refugees, immigrants, Asians, and others. Free Christmas toys, games, shoes, books are combined with food assistance and meal programs.

Lend A Hand Foundation
Location is 8105 Capwell Dr, Oakland, CA 94621. Call (510) 553-1262

Bay Area Community Resources
Location  171 Carlos Dr, San Rafael, CA 94903. Dial (415) 444-5580
The non-profit has information on housing, food, holiday assistance, and more. Clients range from the low income in Oakland California to the elderly, single moms and others.

North Oakland Missionary Baptist Churc - Loaves and Fishes
the charity is at 1060 32nd St, Emeryville, CA 94608. Call (510) 658-1761
A number of free programs are offered. There is a free food bank for year round or holiday food. Or children, infants and teens from struggling families can get presents, clothing, and gifts for Christmas. Find free games, sporting goods, matchbox cars, clothes such as school items or pants/dresses and other goods. Loaves and Fishes tries to help the less fortunate.

Free Toys for Tots in the Oakland California area and the county
As many as 50 non-profits and charities will often participate each year. They pass out free Christmas toys, presents, and more to teenagers, kids, and even newborns. Get everything from clothes to bicycles, games, tanlets, and more. Volunteers collect the items and coordinate Toys for Tots in the Alameda County region. Places to apply at for assistance include the following. Apply here. https://alameda-ca.toysfortots.org/local-coordinator-sites/lco-sites/default.aspx?nPageID=100&nPreviewInd=200&nRedirectInd=3. Or other application sites may be below.

  • Ariel Outreach Mission - Address is 8825 International Bl, Oakland, California, 94621. Call  (510) 560-2900
  • Create A Way Foundation- Address is 1065 8th. Street, Oakland, California, 94607. Call (510) 663-4655
  • B.A.S.I.C Ministry - Various social services as well as holiday help is available at 1221 Pacific Ave, San Leandro, CA 94577. Phone - (510) 961-8781.
  • Room to bloom family resource center - Food, clothes, toys, games and more are at 8711 MacArthur Blvd, Oakland, California, 94605. Dial (510) 878-1778
  • A Better Way Inc. is a USMC toys for tots partner agency. They are at 1558 B Street, Hayward, California, 94541. Call (510) 247-1500
  • Deliverance Full Gospel MBC - The annual giveaway is held at 1649 12th Avenue, Oakland, California, 94606
  • Eden Housing, 22645 Grand St., Hay, California, 94541. Call  (510) 582-1460
  • Children's Home Society of California, 7200 Bancroft Avenue, #134, Oakland, California, 94605
  • Chosen 2 Lead, Inc, 5228 Sungrove Way, Antioch, California, 94531
  • Pacific Southwest Community Development Corporation, 3000 Waterfall Way, San leandro, California, 94578
  • Our Youth Matter, Inc.. Mailing address - PO Box 6123, Oakland, California, 94603
  • Allen Temple Baptist Church, 8501 International Blvd., Oakland, California, 94588
  • Christian Tabernacle Church - To apply for toys, games, and free Christmas presents, their address is 9330 Walnut Street, Oakland , California, 94603. Call (510) 430-9864
  • Beth Eden Baptist Church, 183 10th Street, Oakland, California, 94607. For information on holidays toys, dial (510) 444-1625.

 

 

 

 

  • Helping Hands East Bay, 2447 Santa Clara Ave, Suite 201, Alameda, California, 94501
  • House Of Faith Church is located at 27221 Capri Ave in Hayward, California, 94545
  • Children that Matter - 8039 Idlewood St, Oakland, California, 94605
  • T.O.T.A. (Turn On To America) - Address: 80 Hamilton Place, Oakland, California, 94612. Apply early to be registered on time for the Christmas season.

City of Berkeley Park Department
Main office - 2720 Hillegass Avenue, Berkeley, CA. Call (510) 981-6700
Holiday assistance ranges from Easter to Christmas meals in partnership with churches and charities. One event is the Egg Hunt Extravaganza. Other government parks also offer holiday assistance in partnership with the Police Department, such as HARD - Hayward Area Recreation and Park District. City of San Leandro operates from 14900 Zelma Street, San Leandro, CA.

 

By Jon McNamara

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