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Christmas and holiday help in Albany County New York.

The main holiday programs in Albany County New York include Toys for Tots, Adopt a Family, and also there are free Christmas gifts from a number of charity organizations. The free holiday assistance programs, including the ones that operate during Thanksgiving and Easter, are available for low to moderate income families as well as the elderly.

What may be provided, based on donation levels as well as resources available, includes the following.

-Free toys, including dolls, trucks, games, electronics, gift certificates and more for kids.
-Entire households that are struggling to buy groceries can receive free food or meals at Christmas, Easter, and or Thanksgiving.
-The elderly and homebound, as well as sick, can apply for Meals on Wheels.
In addition, a number of these Christmas and holiday programs in Albany County will provide the family with other support. Sometimes a gift or box of food is combined with advice, financial aid, or case management. So many programs are arranged.

Albany Church of God of Prophecy, Inc.
The primary address: 774 Madison Ave
Albany, New York, 12208
A focus is on feeding the homeless, poor, and destitute. Free Christmas and Thanksgiving meals (including turkeys), small gifts for kids, and other aid is given out.

A Village, Inc.
Albany, New York, 12202

Champions For Christ Inc.
P.O. Box 1245
Albany, New York, 12221-1245
For information on the holiday programs, dial 518-506-8325




Elijah Missionary Baptist Church
Location is 74 Second Avenue
Albany, New York, 12202
Dial 518-396-8816
Free Christmas gifts, toys, clothes, and other assistance is available. They partner with USMC on Toys for tots.

First Church in Albany
Address is 110 North Pearl St
Albany, New York, 12207
Parents with kids can apply for help. Bring proof of income and residency in Albany county. Small gifts for kids, clothing items, Christmas presents for teenagers and new kids and other support is available.

In Our Own Voices, Inc.
Address of the center is 245 Lark Street
Albany, New York, 12210
Single moms and women fleeing from domestic violence are some of the main clients.

Israel A.M.E Church
Main address: 381 Hamilton Street
Albany, New York, 12210
Phone: 518-331-8571

Mt. Olive Southern Missionary Baptist Church
Location is 236 North Pearl St.
Albany, New York, 12207
What the charity may have for low income families includes the following. Free holiday food baskets; stocking stuffers; referrals to Christmas tree; games; books; and much more.





Redeemer Church
Main address: 183 Schoolhouse Rd
Albany, New York, 12203
A faith based charity. Toys, presents, and other aid is available.

Food Centers For The Capital District and their Holiday Services
32 Essex Street
Albany, NY 12206
Call 518-458-1167
Case managers from the Albany County agency help needy families as well as the poor find Christmas presents for their children for the Holiday.

Revelation Church
258 Orange St
Albany, New York, 12210
Phone number: 518-334-3883

Sister Maureen Joyce Food Pantry
Main address: 315 Sheridan Avenue
Albany, New York, 12206
Telephone number: 518-465-8262

Straightway To Heaven Ministries
624.South Pearl St
Albany, New York, 12202

Support Ministries Inc. Capital Region
28 Delaware Terrace
Albany, New York, 12209
For information, dial 518-427-2463
Everything from financial help, applications to SNAP food stamps, and holiday help is given.

Bethlehem Town Hall
445 Delaware Avenue and also Rooms 110 & 116
Delmar, NY 12054
Main Phone Number: 518-439-4955
A community Christmas dinner is held, and they also have information on congregate meals and social programs for senior citizens as well as disabled. Another holiday program is Equinox Thanksgiving dinner and free holiday food baskets.





Trinity Alliance of the Capital Region
Main address is 15 Trinity Place
Albany, New York, 12202
Phone number: 631-404-0069

Triumphant Fellowship Ministry
140 A Lark Drive
Albany, New York, 12210

Alpha Pregnancy Care is an approved Toys for Tots Distributor, providing toys to needy children at Christmas. There are also diapers, pregnancy tests, and other items.
Location of the non-profit 518 Clinton Avenue
Albany, NY 12307
Main Phone - 518-462-2188

Wilborn Temple First Church of God in Christ
Location is 121 Jay Street
Albany, New York, 12210
Dial 518-253-8712

Mt Zion Babtist Church
86 Schuyler Street
Albany, New York, 12220

Saint Ambrose Food Pantry
Location is 347 Old Loudon Road
Latham, NY 12110
Main Telephone Number: 518-785-1351
Up to 3 days of free food is available for Latham as well as Cohoes residents only. They also run free Christmas and Easter basket services.

Lord's Acres Christian Fellowship
1668 Warners Lake Rd.
Altamont, New York, 12009 as well as Albany, New York, 12009

Latin-American Pent. Church "La Segunda Sinagoga”
42-46 Vanderveer St
Amsterdam, New York, 12010 as well as Albany, New York, 12010
Services are also offered for Spanish speakers as well as farm workers.

Guilderland Food Pantry
2291 Western Ave
Guilderland, New York, 12303 and also Albany, New York, 12303





The locations referenced below are toys for tots distribution sites in Albany County. This means that new, unwrapped Christmas gifts are given to needy children, that qualify and apply on time. The service is offered in partnership with the US Marine Corps.

  • Rehabilitation Support Services, 264 South Main Avenue, Albany, New York, 12208, main phone 518-577-6903.
  • Center for Disability Services, Inc. is based at 314 South Manning Blvd., Albany, New York, 12208, telephone 518-944-2121. Most of the parents that apply here have a disabled child.
  • Skyline Gardens Apartments - 123 Livingston Ave Suite E7, Albany, New York, 12207, main phone 518-455-2449.
  • South Colonie Central School District is based at 102 Loralee Drive, Albany, New York, 12205, main phone 518-869-3576.
  • St Peter's Morton Avenue Shelter, 56 Morton Avenue, Albany, New York, 12202, 518-472-0450
  • Cornell Cooperative Extension CHOICES Program, 2480, Rte. 9W Faith Plaza, Ravena, New York, 12143 and also Albany, New York, 12143.
  • Riverview Missionary Baptist Church, 11 Riverview Drive, Coeymans, New York, 12045 as well as Albany, New York, 12045.
  • Troy DFCC-TRIP has an address of 415 River Street, Albany, New York, 12180
  • Hilltowns Community Resource Center as well as Catholic Charities - 566 State Route 143, Westerlo, New York, 12193 and also Albany, New York, 12193.
  • Trinity Nursery & Day Care Center. Address is 215 Lancaster St., Albany, New York, 12210, phone 518-436-4514.

By Jon McNamara

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