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Free holiday and Christmas assistance Anne Arundel County.

During the fall and winter holiday season, local Anne Arundel County charities and churches provide help to low-income families, the elderly and others. They giveaway free Christmas toys, gifts, meals (including at Thanksgiving) and more to struggling households. Volunteers disburse the goods to the working poor, with a focus on providing free Christmas gifts to children and presents to the vulnerable.

Find how and where to get free Christmas presents, gift certificates and from Toys for Adopt, Adopt a Family, and other holiday programs. Several charities as well as churches also serve both free Thanksgiving and/or Christmas meals or pass out free holiday food boxes.

Examples of what may be provided to income qualified clients is as follows. Parents maybe given electronics, books, clothing, games, toys, Legos, video games, winter jackets and more, all at no cost to them. There is also the free Toys for Tots program in the Annapolis MD area. Volunteers will also try to deliver hot meals to the elderly and disabled in Annapolis Maryland and across the county. Also, in addition to offering those free Christmas presents, some charities also hold holiday parties in which people can stop by at for support.

As with any program, it is recommended to apply early for the Adopt a Family program or similar services. The items are often passed out first-come-served to those households that meet the qualifications in place.

Anne Arundel County Community Action Agency
Location of the main office is at 251 West St, Annapolis, Maryland 21401. Phone - (410) 626-1900
They partner with Annapolis Youth Services Bureau to provide needy children with holiday help. The non-profit wants to spread joy at Christmas, so there may be toys, visits to Santa, games, clothing, and more for the parent to give to the child. Single moms from Anne Arundel County can also register for assistance during the major holidays.

Arundel House of Hope
Main address: 514 Crain Hwy N, Glen Burnie, MD 21061. Dial (410) 863-4888
The homeless and very low income can get help. The charity has shelters and hygiene items. During the holidays, Thanksgiving and Christmas meals are served, and families can apply for Toys for Tots as well.

Kingdom Celebration Center
952 Annapolis Rd, Gambrills, MD 21054. Call (410) 672-2003
Children from low income homes that are under the age of 13 can request a toy. There are gifts for both boys and girls as well as infants.

 

 

 

Free Toys for Tots
There are programs both in the Anne Arundel County area and Annapoli MDs. Families, including single mothers, with children under the age of 14, from low income families, can apply. Games, free Christmas presents, shoes, toys for boys and girls, and other items may be offered. There are also clothes, stocking stuffers, Christmas tree decorations and maybe gift cards too. Learn more. https://fortmeade-md.toysfortots.org/local-coordinator-sites/lco-sites/request-toys.aspx

Salvation Army
Location is 351 Hilltop Ln, Annapolis, MD 21403. Call (410) 263-4095
Regardless of religion, the faith base charity will offer help to those that qualify. Whether it is a free toys from Angel Tree, financial aid for bills, or Christmas/Thanksgiving meals, support is provided. There are free Thanksgiving turkeys, Christmas gifts, and parties, including for the elderly. The Adopt a family program (for entire families) is also offered by the Anne Arundel County Salvation Army. More on free holiday help Salvation Army Anne Arundel County.

Anne Arundel County Department of Social Services - DSS
Address is 80 West St, Annapolis, MD 21401. Call ours: (410) 269-4462.
Residents who are ready on on benefits, such as SNAP, section 8, unemployment or cash aid (so existing clients of DSS), can get help from the Holiday Giving Program. The goal is to to provide small Christmas gifts to kids in households that get public assistance. There may be books, learning or video games, Barbie dolls, tablets, and other presents.

Catholic Charities
The Christian church address is 1208 Odenton Rd, Odenton, MD 21113. For information, dial (410) 672-0901
A free clothing closet and low cost thrift store. Seasonal assistance for immigrants, single moms, and the low income may be school supplies, Christmas gifts or toys, shoes, winter coats and more.

 

 

 

 

SPAN - Serving People Across Neighborhoods
Location is 400 Benfield Rd, Severna Park, MD 21146. Dial (410) 647-0889
Adopt a Family and volunteers collect gifts for kids, teens, and struggling residents. There may be free Xmas toys for children, school supplies, winter coats and other goods. Or parents can get gift cards for some holiday shopping.

Woods Memorial Church
Address is 611 Baltimore Annapolis Blvd, Severna Park, MD 21146. For information, dial (410) 647-2550
Meals on Wheels is offered in the county, but it provides free holiday food baskets/meals to seniors or the disabled. Turkeys, hams, vegetables, desserts, Easter baskets and more.

Kingdom Life Church Apostolic
504 Annabel Ave, Brooklyn, MD 21225. Call (410) 355-1844
The non-profit is a Toys for Tots application site.

Stanton Community Center
Address - 92 W Washington St, Annapolis, MD 21401. Phone - (410) 295-5519
Clients include the elderly signing up for a holiday meal or children from low income families requesting gifts. The Adopt a Family donation program in Anne Arundel County will give free Christmas toys, games, small home furnishings, and more to the working poor.

By Jon McNamara

 

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