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Free Christmas and holiday programs Allegheny County.

Many charities in Allegheny County provide free Christmas, Thanksgiving and operate holiday programs for families that are struggling. For those that qualify for support, they can get free Christmas gifts, food baskets or presents and free toys for children. Find details on where to get free Christmas gifts and holiday food baskets in Pittsburgh PA and the county below.

Low-income families, the elderly and parents with kids have several programs to apply at. There are Thanksgiving or Christmas dinners or turkeys, free Toys for Tots, and the Angel Tree program in Pittsburgh among other holiday resources. All resources are limited and usually are served first come or served, and some non-profits also have a waiting list.

The items passed out can include boxes of food, meals, groceries, and small toys or presents such as Legos, Barbie dolls, video games, sporting goods and more. Some children may also receive books, games, or full sets of clothing. Volunteers from Allegheny County, local churches as well as the city of Pittsburgh are relied upon to help collect and assemble gifts. There are also special holiday services from charity or church programs such as the Salvation Army Adopt a Family in the area. Or find other churches that help with food near you.

Places that give free Christmas toys and holiday food in the Pittsburgh PA region

North Hills Community Outreach
1975 Ferguson Road, Allison Park, Pennsylvania, 15101-3235. Main phone number is 412-487-6316
They have many seasonal programs and solutions. The examples include vouchers to buy turkeys, free winter coats, toys at Christmas for low income children, and also Spring Share baskets. Free stocking stuffers or decorations may be offered too. Referrals may be provided to other celebrations as well.

Catholic Community of Bloomfield
Main address is 4712 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA, 15224. For information on applications, call 412-682-5353
Programs include a free food pantry that can have ingredients for a Xmas dinner. Other assistance in Allegheny County includes a Soup kitchen for meals, clothing giveaway drive and Christmas gifts, including for youth and infants too.

  • Other Allegheny County Catholic Charities also help the less fortunate. They serve free Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas meals. There are basic needs, such as electronics, small Christmas gifts for boys and girls, an Adopt a Family program and more. A major focus is on single moms with kids, immigrants, women facing DV and the working poor in Allegheny County. Continue with Catholic Charities holiday assistance Allegheny County.

 

 

 

Jubilee Association Heinz Family Center
2005 Wyandotte Street, Pittsburgh, PA, 15219. Dial 412-261-0373
The agency will hold a Christmas dinner.

Free Toys for Tots in Allegheny County
This is the local version of the nation gift giving program. It has free presents for low income children from Allegheny County that qualify. It is run in partnership with the Marine Corps and churches as well as non-profits. Get free Christmas gifts such as video games or consoles, Legos, trucks or dolls for boys or girls, clothes, winter jackets, books, and so much more. There are multiple application sites. They include the following.

Salvation Army Centers of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County
They will operate programs such as Angel Tree and offer meals for seniors and the low income. There are multiple centers, and a sampling is above. Get free Thanksgiving turkey dinners with all the toppings. The Angel Tree can help kids get free Christmas toys or parents gift cards. Or get financial help, vouchers for holiday food and more.

  • 6017 Broad St, Pittsburgh, PA, call (412) 362-0891
  • 12751 Lincoln Hwy, US-30, Irwin, PA 15642. Call (724) 863-6116
  • 8020 Frankstown Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15221
  • 39 W Main St, Carnegie, PA 15106, telephone (412) 276-4757

 

 

 

 

Best of the Batch Foundation
Address is 2000 West St, Homestead, PA 15120. Call (412) 326-0119
They help the disadvantaged, immigrants, children from single parent or minority households and others. Whether free Christmas toys, or an educational scholarship, help is offered. There may be learning games, books, and similar free Christmas gifts.

Compassion Connection - Toy Treasures program
Main address is 2725 Bethel Church Road, Bethel Park, PA 15102. Call 412-835-8900
The toys available at Christmas are discounted. So parents will need to buy them. However the savings may be what some consider to be substantial. Games, books, trucks, and much more can be sold on site.

Lighthouse Holiday Programs
Location is 116 Browns Hill Road, Valencia, PA 16059. Call (P)724-586-5554
If the individual or family used Lighthouse services earlier in the year, then they can participate in the Thanksgiving or Christmas programs. Food, meals, gifts, toys, and games may be passed out.

Wilkinsburg Community Ministry
Address is 704 Wood Street, Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania 15221. The phone number is 412-241-8072
Food and free meals at Thanksgiving or Christmas is available, including Turkeys and the toppings.

Union Aid Society
Primary address is 601 Thorn Street, Sewickley, PA, 15143. Call 412-741-9240
They only offer assistance for the immediate Quaker Valley School District. There may be free Thanksgiving and Holiday gift cards, meals, and other food items for the poor and less fortunate. Throughout the course of the year, the non-profit also provides emergency aid.

Stewart Avenue Lutheran Church
2810 Brownsville Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15227. Dial (412) 881-4448
the main resource is the free food pantry, which can have Christmas, Thanksgiving, and Easter food. But there are also some small free Christmas gifts or school supplies, stocking stuffers, and decorations for kids.

Brashear Association
Location is 320 Brownsville Rd, Pittsburgh, PA 15210. Call (412) 431-2236
There is a holiday program. Children 12 and younger can get free Christmas toys, games, books, and more. There is also Thanksgiving help, gift cards for low income families and other support. The support is part of an Adopt a Family assistance program is offered. Free Christmas or Thanksgiving food baskets, stocking stuffers for kids, small toys, gift cards and other items are offered during the holidays.

 

 

 

 

Stewart Avenue Lutheran Church
Church address is 2810 Brownsville Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15227. Call (412) 881-0171 or 412-881-4448
The charity supports Carrick, Brentwood and Baldwin. A free food pantry and soup kitchen are on site. Kids under 12, from low income families, can also be given a free Christmas present. There are also clothes and school items, books at Christmas, sneakers and more.

New Song Community Church
4767 Library Road, Bethel Park, PA, 15102. Main phone number is 412-283-0888
The Bountiful Blessings program is seasonal. It can help the poor and people facing a crisis. The charity may have Thanksgiving meals, Christmas toys and gifts, and even back to school supplies for the low income. Other resources include Easter baskets.

New Vision Community Church
Location is 1620 Randolph Ln, Verona, PA 15147. Call (412) 241-6160
They have a free kids clothing closet for the working poor, single moms, low-income families and more. Get free winter coats or clothes, small Christmas gifts, boots, sneakers, games and more.

Coraopolis Youth Creations - Give a Gift
Address is 912 4th Ave Rear, Coraopolis, PA, PA 15108. This is only for that town and city (412) 474-3372
A free Christmas gifts and toy giveaway. Teens, infants, single moms with kids, and others can register for holiday help.

Rainbow Kitchen Services - Free Holiday Program
Location is 135 E 9th Ave, Homestead, PA 15120. Call 412-464-1892

Play it Forward Pittsburgh
They help low income families, the unemployed and others get Christmas toys or even birthday gifts. Get books electronics, musical instruments, matchbox cars and so much more. The non-profit works only on donations. Apply here. http://www.playitforwardpittsburgh.com/

St. Thomas More Church
Address is 126 Fort Couch Road , Pittsburgh, PA 15241. Phone: 412-833-0031
Free food, Thanksgiving turkey dinners, meals, and more. The elderly, disabled and children from low income households in Allegheny County may be given free toys - books, games, tablets, clothing, gender specific toys, board games and more.

Two other government and non-profits operate.
There is the Department of Human Services (DHS) Holiday Project, which is a community donor/Adopt a Family Service. Most clients of it live in poverty. Or try Toys For Pittsburgh Tikes. Contact a local police department or DHS office to see if they are working with this non-profit or government agency. Or try 211 to inquire at the United Way.

 

 

 

 

 

 

North Hills Community Outreach
Referrals to holiday programs, financial aid, and other support is available. They have free Xmas toys for kids as well as winter jackets, food, and more holiday assistance in Pittsburgh.

  • Millvale Office, 939 California Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15202, main phone (412) 487-6316
  • North Boroughs, 100 South Jackson Ave, Bellevue, Pennsylvania, 15202, 412-307-0069

Light of Life Rescue Mission
Main address is 10 East North Avenue, Pittsburgh, 234 Voeghtly St, Pittsburgh, PA 15212. Call 412-803-4120 for hours and availability.
Free holiday gifts, lights, and toys may be passed out.

 

By Jon McNamara

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