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Albemarle and Charlottesville area Christmas assistance programs.

Each county and town in the Albemarle County as well as Charlottesville region has its own Christmas assistance program. They are run by a combination of charities, food banks, and non-profits in the area. The holiday assistance available ranges from free toys to Thanksgiving meals, holiday food boxes, presents for kids, and Christmas food baskets delivered to senior citizens.

The income eligibly includes the families’ income as well as asset levels. Qualified residents in counties such as Albemarle, Charlotte, as well as Farmville City can be given free Christmas gifts as well as food. The eligibility is normally for children or kids under the age of 15 or so. Everything from winter coats to books, stocking stuffers, toys to place under the Christmas tree, and much more is given.

The names of each of these holiday programs vary. But the most common will be adopt a family as well as Angel Tree. More information on each Christmas and Thanksgiving assistance program is below.

The Salvation Army
Social service center: 207 Ridge Street
Charlottesville, Virginia
 Call 434-295-4058
The main programs include Angel Tree as well as free Thanksgiving meals. The church, which is a charity, collects surplus games, presents, gifts, and more and given them to income qualified kids. Salvation Army Farmville is at 212 High Street, Farmville VA 23901. For intake dial 434-607-2399.

GRACE (Alliance of Church and Community Efforts Greene County)
Address is 103 Madison Rd
Stanardsville, VA 22973
Phone number: (434) 985-6792
Local churches feed the poor and Thanksgiving and Christmas. Christmas toys, presents, and other items are given to low income families, immigrants, single parents, and others.





Fluvanna County
The Social service office runs the holiday programs. Dial 434-842-8221.

Charlottesville, LOVE, Inc.
Main location is 198 Spotnap Road Suite C-1
Charlottesville Virginia 22911

Santa Council is the Christmas program for Louisa County
Telephone 540-967-2719
Numerous charities, churches, and volunteer groups work together to help the working poor. Christmas toys, free games, presents, as well as Thanksgiving turkeys and Christmas food is offered.

Toy Lift
Location is 1131 Rio Rd E
Charlottesville, Virginia 22901
For information, dial (434) 975-8697
Hundreds of families get assistance each year. The charity covers Nelson County, Charlottesville, Albemarle, Buckingham, Fluvanna, and Greene County.

Home Instead Senior Care
Office Address - 400 10th Street, NE
Charlottesville VA 22902
Phone number is (434)979-4663
They only help elderly, low income seniors. Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter meals are delivered, including to nursing homes as well as senior centers.

Toys for Tots Foundation - Northwest Region
Address: c/o Toys for Tots Foundation Palmyra Virginia 22963
Phone number is (434)589-5714
The USMC corps works with dozens of local charities and volunteer groups. They pass out free presents, toys, games, and more at Christmas.

Thanksgiving Meals of 2016 Nottoway County
For rides, call the following numbers. Crewe/Burkeville area call 434-294-9651. Blackstone area 434-294-4413. Other senior citizens can dial 434-294-2087.




Church of the Incarnation
Location is 1465 Incarnation Drive
Charlottesville, Virginia 22901
For hours, dial (434)973-4381
They only serve meals, including at Thanksgiving and Christmas. The homeless and poor may get help too. Turkeys, toppings, ham, and holiday parties may be arranged.

By Jon McNamara

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