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Austin and Travis County Christmas and free holiday programs.

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 location includes free Christmas toys for children, gifts, meals (including at Thanksgiving), 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.

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 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, or even at hot meal during the holidays are below.

Blue and Brown Santa is one of the main resources available in the 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, 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.




  • 2005 Salina St. Neighborhood Center, Austin, Texas 78722, 512-972-6740
  • 4101 S. Industrial, # 260, Austin, TX 78744, telephone number is 512-974-2583
  • 1101 Reinli, Austin, TX 78723, dial 512-972-6740
  • 5801 Ainez Dr., Austin, TX 78744, main phone 512-453-3950
  • 211 Comal, Austin, Texas 78702, main telephone number is 512-972-6650
  • 2800 Webberville Rd., Austin, TX 78702, main phone 512-972-6740
  • 2508 Durwood St., Austin, TX 78704, call 512-972-6840

Parks and Recreation Department, City of Austin
Location is 1200 Montopolis Dr.
Austin, TX 78741
Call the location at 512-385-5931
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
7104 Berkman Dr.
Austin, Texas 78752
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
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. 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, (512) 246-7292
1658 Interstate 35 Frontage Rd, San Marcos, Texas 78666, (512) 754-8541

Bastrop County - In The Streets Hands Up High Ministry
Location is 607B Linden St
Bastrop, Texas, 78602
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 is run by the Camp Mabry United States Marine Corps and charities
Austin, TX 78731
Donated toys, clothes, gifts, and money may be passed out to income qualified households with children under the age of 14. Registration is done from the program’s website. Toys for Tots is also for Spanish speakers as well. Apply here.

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.

University of Texas - Orange Santa Program
Austin, TX 78712
Telephone - 512-471-7753
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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