Free Christmas and holiday assistance Albuquerque area.
Low-income families and children in Bernalillo County can receive food baskets, toys, and help at Christmas or Thanksgiving. In addition, entire families that meet certain low income guidelines may also seek assistance at all the major holidays. Some of what may be provided includes free toys for a child, Christmas meals, gifts or food baskets, gifts cards, and even home visits to the elderly in Albuquerque in order to spread holiday cheer.
The main program in the Bernalillo County area is Toys for Tots as well as Adopt a Family in Albuquerque. Based on donations from the community, a child may receive a wide variety of presents. There may be games, electronics, clothing, shoes, Christmas stockings, video games, Legos, and more. There are income restrictions in place and the parent will need to register.
However, there are other holiday assistance programs as well. They range from free Adopt-A-Family services to free holiday food baskets or groceries in Albuquerque, meals, and more. The main charities to try for information as well as referrals are below.
Toys for Tots
This is run in partnership with various non-profits, the Albuquerque Department of Family and Community Services, local charities that offer donations, and the U.S. Marine Corps. Low income families with children can apply. Proof of residency, income, identification, age, and more is offered. The end result may be a free Christmas present or gift card for the child under 10 years of age, based on donations.
Some of the key partner registration sites in Bernalillo County for Toys for Tots include the Dennis Chavez Community Center, Los Griegos Health & Social Services, Cesar Chavez Community Center, and more. Applications can be done online too. Apply here. https://albuquerque-nm.toysfortots.org/local-coordinator-sites/lco-sites/default.aspx?nPageID=100&nPreviewInd=200.
From The Heart Foundation
The non-profit is at 300 San Mateo Blvd, Albuquerque, NM 87108
Referrals may be given to Christmas programs in Bernalillo County. The phone number is (505) 256-7664.
PB&J Family Services
1101 Lopez Road SW, Albuquerque, 87105. For information on applying for help during the holidays, dial 505-877-7060
The non-profit supports children that were abused in Bernalillo County. An adopt a family program is run.
Salvation Army Seasonal Services
There are several in the region. The non-profit can be a source of information on local programs. Everything from counseling to Angel Tree, financial aid, thrift stores, and more may be available. The Bernalillo County Salvation Army also gives out free Thanksgiving turkey meals. They run Adopt a Family in Albuquerque, provide free Christmas toys to single moms or immigrants, offer holiday food boxes and other support.
Locations include 501 Broadway Blvd S.E (dial 505-247-2462 or (505) 247-2460). There is also a site at 12601 Central Ave NE (call (505) 761-9818) and several others. The Salvation Army has many free services at Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Bernalillo County SVDP
The Society of Saint Vincent de Paul, or SVDP, runs an adopt a Family Program. This offers free Christmas food boxes, gifts/toys, or meals to low income families, immigrants, and the unemployed. A number of churches and charities in Albuquerque participate. Read more on Society of Saint Vincent de Paul free holiday assistance programs.
Para Los Ninos as well as Albuquerque Family Advocacy Center
Main address is 625 Silver SW Ste. 600, Albuquerque, NM 87102. Main number is (505) 243-2333
They mostly help immigrants (whether documented or not) with food, free Christmas gifts, toys, and Thanksgiving meals. Get books, games, and other goods.
Albuquerque Rescue Mission - Steel Bridge
Shelter address - 525 Second St. SW, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87102. Phone number is (505) 346-4673
Hot meals may be served to the homeless, and children can be given a small gift as resources allow.
Good Shepherd Center
Address: 218 Iron Avenue SW, Albuquerque, NM 87102. Call (505) 243-2527
Whether emergency financial help, or free holiday help, assistance is offered. Get gifts, toys, gift cards, Christmas stuff for kids and more. There are also clothes, meals (Thanksgiving turkey dinners, etc.) and more.
Rio Grande Presbyterian Church
The charity address is 600 Coors NW, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87121-5148. Phone (505) 831-3779 or (505) 831-3778
Mostly food at the holidays. Turkeys, Deserts, Ham, Vegetables and more. kids may, on occasion, be giving small Christmas gifts, toys, and more.
Location 106 Broadway SE, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87102. Main phone - (505) 842-6491
Income qualified, working poor families with children may be assisted. The charity will focus on holiday food baskets in partnership with other charities.
City Of Albuquerque Alamosa Center
They only cover the South Valley and Westside region. The location is 6900 Gonzales Road SW, Albuquerque, NM 87121. Call (505) 836-8800
They have seasonal programs. This can include free Christmas presents, including for infants, youth and teens, as well as school supplies, fans for the summer and more. The Albuquerque charity has Adopt a family, in which low income moms or dads can get holiday food, small toys, Christmas decorations and more.
Roadrunner Food Bank
5840 Office Boulevard NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109. Phone: (505) 247-2052
A regional food bank. Get referrals to holiday food baskets, Meals on Wheels, churches that provide free Christmas, Easter or Thanksgiving programs and other support.
They only offer Christmas help to parents or children that were impacted by domestic violence. Assistance at the holidays in run in partnership with Bernalillo County Sheriff's Department Victims Assistance Unit and the Police Unit. The phone number is (505) 884-1241.
Rio Rancho, New Mexico 87174. Dial 800-526-7157 for information.
They also only support domestic violence victims with the help of volunteers. Thanksgiving or Christmas meals, small toys, and more may be provided.
Project Share Inc. - St Martins
Address is 1201 3rd Street NW, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87102. Main phone - (505) 242-5677 or (505) 242-4399
Food is offered from this charity. However, during the Christmas season there is an Adopt-A-Family program. Volunteers acquire clothing, small toys, food, meat, toiletries and more for less fortunate families.