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Allegheny County free Christmas and holiday programs.

Many charities in Allegheny County are involved in spreading the holiday joy to families that are struggling. For those that qualify for help, the programs administered range from free Christmas gifts and food to presents and toys for children. There are Thanksgiving or Christmas dinners or turkeys, free Toys for Tots, and the Angel Tree 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. Some children may also receive books, games, or full sets of clothing. Volunteers from the county as well as the city of Pittsburgh are relied upon to help collect and assemble gifts. There are also special holiday services from programs such as Adopt a Family in the area.

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. 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. Other assistance in Allegheny County includes a Soup kitchen for meals, clothing 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. 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.

Toys for Tots
Address is 2839 Liberty Avenue
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 15222
Main phone - 211
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. 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
6017 Broad St, Pittsburgh, PA, call (412) 362-0891
12751 State Route 30, Irwin, PA 15642
8020 Frankstown Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15221
225 W Main St, Carnegie, PA 15106, telephone (412) 276-4757
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.

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
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 1302 East Cruikshank Road
Butler, PA, 16002
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
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.

Redeemer Church of South Hills
Location is 3122 Lebanon Church Rd
West Mifflin, PA 15122
Call (412) 667-2592
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
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.

Coraopolis Youth Creations - Give a Gift
1022 5th Avenue
Coraopolis, PA 15108
This is only for that town and city 412-310-7053
A free Christmas gifts and toy giveaway. Teens, infants, single moms with kids, and others can register for holiday help.

Rainbow Kitchen Holiday Program
Location is 135 East 9th Avenue
Homestead, Pennsylvania, 15120
412-464-1892

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
Millvale Office, 416 Lincoln Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA, 15209, main phone 412-408-3830
North Boroughs, 100 South Jackson Ave, Bellevue, Pennsylvania, 15202, 412-307-0069
Referrals to holiday programs, financial aid, and other support is available.

Light of Life Rescue Mission
Main address is 10 East North Avenue
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 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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