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Christmas and free holiday programs Austin and Travis County.

Children, seniors, and low income families may all benefit from free holiday assistance programs in the greater Austin Texas region. Examples of what may be available from a charity includes free Christmas toys for children, gifts, meals (including at Thanksgiving), food boxes, and clothing items. Some of the non-profit or churches will even provide help to nearby counties that border the area. Many of the agencies are involved in offering help as part of the Blue and Brown Santa program, Adopt a Family, or Toys for Tots in Austin TX.

While most of the Christmas, Thanksgiving and holiday programs are focused on Travis County, there may also be assistance for residents of Williamson, Bastrop, Blanco, Burnet, Fayette, Hays, Caldwell, Lee, and Llano Counties Texas. Find details below on Toys for Tots, Angel Tree from the Salvation Army and other holiday programs. Some of the leading agencies to contact for toys, clothing, free Christmas decorations, or even at hot meal during the holidays are below. Or look here for other free stuff from the government or charities.

Blue and Brown Santa is one of the main resources available in the Austin and Travis County region. It operates from several different locations in Travis County. It is available as a last resort and can’t be combined with other programs, such as those from the Salvation Army. What may be provided from the Christmas Assistance program includes the following.

Staff and volunteers will match individuals, children, homeless or working poor or entire families in need with local resources. The match may involve non-profit agencies, corporations, churches or individual sponsors. For those families that are able to enroll, they may receive free toys, hot meals, gifts, food baskets, or even gift cards. On site applications are required, as well as proof of need and other conditions.

As donations and resources allow, families from the Austin area may receive a gift card or food basket. Children under the age of 14 who are from lower income families may receive age-appropriate games, toys, or clothing.

While most the Christmas aid is for children, there may be some help for single individuals including the disabled or elderly. They too may be able to receive assistance (such as clothes or food) depending on the donations received. The main application number for holiday help from Blue and Brown Santa is 512-247-2682, or find local contact information below.

 

 

 

  • 2005 Salina St. Neighborhood Center, Austin, Texas 78722. Call 512-972-6740
  • 4101 S. Industrial, # 260, Austin, TX 78744, telephone number is 512-974-2583
  • 2800 Webberville Rd, Austin, TX 78702, dial 512-972-6740
  • 5801 Ainez Dr., Austin, TX 78744, main phone 512-453-3950 or (512) 447-5875.
  • 211 Comal, Austin, Texas 78702, main telephone number is 512-972-6650
  • 2508 Durwood St., Austin, TX 78704, call 512-972-6840
  • San Marcos and Hays County Blue Santa. Dial 512-754-2270 to apply.
  • Lago Vista residents with kids can try Blue Santa at 512-267-8873.
  • Williamson County Brown Santa is run by the Sheriff's Office, and dial 737-667-4102.
  • Round Rock TX Operation Blue Santa gives free clothes, Chrismtas toys, gift certificates and more. Dial 512-844-8273
  • Blue Santa of Elgin provides free holiday items to kids under the age of 13. Call 512-285-5757
  • Travis County Brown Santa Donation Information and the Sheriff's Office. Telephone is 512-247-2682.

Parks and Recreation Department, City of Austin
Location is 1200 Montopolis Dr., Austin, TX 78741 . Call the location at 512-385-5931 or (512) 972-6705.
A free holiday dinner is offered. There may also be toys for children under the age of 12. Sign up is required, as it is with most holiday programs.

Austin Voices for Education and Youth, Reagan High School
5221 Ledesma Rd, Austin, Texas 78721. Dial the non-profit at 512-653-4935
Food baskets may be offered during the holidays Children from low income families may get toys, clothing, games, or Christmas gifts.

Hays County - Unforgettable Families and Friends, Inc.
Mailing address is 350 Paddington Dr, Kyle, TX 78640. Main number of the charity is (504) 330-8999
Toys for Tots of Hays County. Based on donations, new unwrapped presents are given to kids, including immigrants and Spanish speakers. Apply for free Christmas gifts. There may be toys, dolls or trucks, video games, clothes, shoes and other items.

Society of St. Vincent de Paul, St. Mary, Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church
6100 Lohman Crossing Rd, Lago Vista, TX 78645. Call 512-267-0091
Only covers the church parish area. Thanksgiving or Christmas meals and other assistance may be arranged for qualified families.

 

 

 

 

Salvation Army has several locations in the region, including Williamson, Travis, Fayette and Caldwell Counties. Some of the programs may include Thanksgiving turkeys or Christmas meals, Angel Tree, Adopt a Family, and others. Get free Christmas presents for kids, food baskets, games, books, clothes and more in Austin and the counties. The homebound may receive home delivered meals, and the focus is on providing Christmas joy to children.

Children, including immigrants and single moms, may be given free presents, gift certificates, gifts, coats and other items. Some of the centers are below. Or find more details on free holiday help from Salvation Army in Travis County.

  • 501 E 8th St., Austin, TX, call (512) 476-1111
  • 4216 South Congress Avenue, Austin, TX, main phone (512) 447-2272
  • 601 W Louis Henna Blvd, Austin, TX. Phone (512) 246-7292
  • 300 S CM Allen Pkwy Ste 100, San Marcos, TX 78666. Application number is (512) 754-8541
  • Williamson County location is 601 W Louis Henna Blvd, Round Rock, TX 78664. Call (512) 246-7292
  • Hays County is at 300 S CM Allen Pkwy Ste 100, San Marcos, TX 78666. Call (512) 754-8541

Bastrop County - In The Streets Hands Up High Ministry
Location is 987 State Hwy 95 N, Bastrop, TX 78602. Main number is (888) 487-4846 or Call (512) 317-7503
This is the Bastrop County Toys for Tots Christmas agency. Receive free gifts, presents, games, electronics, and many other items. Applicants need to be under the age of 14.

Toys for Tots in Austin area is run by the United States Marine Corps and charities
Donated toys, clothes, gifts, and money may be passed out to income qualified households with children under the age of 14. There may be dolls for girls, toy trucks or matchbox cars, Legos, games, clothes and more. Registration is done from the program’s website. Toys for Tots is also for Spanish speakers as well. It assist Williamson, Austin, Travis, Hays County as well. Apply here. https://austin-tx.toysfortots.org/local-coordinator-sites/lco-sites/request-toys.aspx.

African American Youth Harvest Foundation
Main address  is 6633 Hwy 290 East, Austin, Texas, 78723. Phone number is (512) 428-4480

Christian Services Center
Regardless of religion, assistance is offered. Financial, free food from a pantry, groceries for Easter, Thanksgiving or Christmas and other programs. Some free clothing or toys or gifts may be available as well. Find details on Christian Services Center Travis County area.

First Christian Church Lockhart
Address is 336 W Live Oak St, Lockhart, TX 78644. Phone - (512) 398-3129
They have a Coats for Kids program during the holidays, including Thanksgiving and Christmas. There may also be small stocking stuffers, books, toys, gifts and more for low-income households, the elderly and disabled among others.

 

 

 

 

Assistance League of Austin
Location is 4901 Burnet Rd, Austin, TX 78756. Call (512) 458-2633
They have free holiday assistance programs, school supplies, books, toys and more. They help kids, children from Single mom or dad run households and the poor get help during Christmas, back to school season and year round.

Round Rock Area Serving Center
They help families in the Round Rock Independent School District (RRISD) only from 1099 E Main St, Round Rock, TX 78664. For information dial (512) 244-2431
Free coats, clothes, Christmas gifts, holiday food baskets (including at Thanksgiving) and more is offered.

The Junior League of Austin and Central TX
Address is 5330 Bluffstone Ln, Austin, Texas 78759. Phone: 512-888-9031 or (512) 467-8982
Get free coats, winter attire for kids, boots and more. They also try to offer help during the holidays to teenagers and kids from working poor families in Central TX.

Mission Possible Austin
The charity is at 1190 Chicon St, Austin, TX 78702. Dial 512-368-2731
There existing clients can shop for Christmas gifts at up to 80% off. Vouchers are needed. The Christmas help is only for clients of the Mission.

University of Texas - Orange Santa Program
Austin, TX 78712 . Telephone - 512-471-7753 or email OrangeSanta@austin.utexas.edu
This program provides gifts for children 17 and under for families of students and full-time employees at the University of Texas. Donations of gift certificates, toys, and other items are always needed.

 

By Jon McNamara

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