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Free holiday and Christmas assistance in Baltimore.

Low income families in Baltimore Maryland may be able to get help from charities and churches at the holidays. Children can receive free Christmas gifts, clothing, and toys. Households or senior citizens in the greater Baltimore area can receive a home delivered meal, including at Thanksgiving. Some of the leading agencies or churches to call for help are below, and include Toys for Tots in Baltimore as well as the Angel Tree from Salvation Army.

The centers are open limited hours and also have an application process in place. Unfortunately not every family or applicant will be able to get assistance as the demand is very high. When possible, children may receive some free toys such as Legos or video games or articles of clothing or gift cards. They tend to be the priority as the Baltimore organizations do not want the child to go without during the Christmas or Thanksgiving season. Volunteers from the sites will also try to serve hot meals or distribute gift baskets to the less fortunate.

First Baptist Church Soup Kitchen
525 North Caroline Street , Baltimore Maryland, 21205. Call (410) 675-2333 or 410-732-8457
A soup kitchen and other holiday assistance is offered. This can include a food basket at Thanksgiving and/or Christmas. The non-profit may also have free toiletries, food, gloves, socks, ski caps and hats for distribution at Christmas.

St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church
Main address is 2100 East Madison Street, Baltimore MD, 21205. Telephone number - 410-675-3320

Bea Gaddy Family Center, Patterson Park Emergency Food Center
Main address is 425 North Chester Street, Baltimore MD, 21231-1635. Dial 410-563-2749 for intake
Turkeys and the toppings may be passed out at a free Thanksgiving meal. A holiday party is also held. Children under 10 may receive toys, provided items are available.

SVDP - Beans and Bread Center is run by the St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore
402 South Bond Street , Baltimore Maryland, 21231. Main phone – 410-732-1892
Various social services for the low income and poor are offered. Among them include Christmas assistance, meals, and toys. There may be video games for Christmas morning, clothes, sneakers, winter coats and other donated gifts. A thrift store is also available. Some financial aid may be available for paying for basic needs during the holiday.




Baltimore Urban Leadership Foundation - The Door Inc.
219 North Chester Street, Baltimore MD, 21231. Call 410-675-3288

Centennial-Caroline St. UMC Pantry
1029 East Monument Street, Baltimore MD, 21202. Call (443) 392-4154 or 443-802-6193
Food gift cards for a Thanksgiving or holiday meal are available for the city of Baltimore residents that qualify. The charity may also have free toys available through Toys for Tots. Other goods include coats, winter hats and gloves, food, and toiletries for the holidays.

Grace and Hope Mission
Main address is 4 South Gay Street, Baltimore MD, 21202. Telephone - 410-685-5252

Helping Up Mission
1029 East Baltimore Street, Baltimore Maryland, 21202. Main phone – 410-675-7500
Meals are served to the unemployed and struggling. Volunteers are always needed to assist with activities including serving meals and clean-up for both Christmas and Thanksgiving dinners.

Our Daily Bread Meal Services
Address is 725 Fallsway, Baltimore MD, 21202. Main number is (667) 600-3400 or 443-986-9000
Meals and gift baskets may be offered at Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas to anyone in need. Free turkeys for the low income, including Spanish speakers, ingredients and other goods.

Community Action Center
3411 Bank Street, Baltimore MD, 21224, dial 410-545-6518
5225 York Road, Baltimore Maryland, 21212, telephone 410-396-6084
606 Cherry Hill Road, Baltimore Maryland, 21225, dial 410-545-0900
There are several locations around the city and county. As resources allow, they will try to provide help around the holidays, especially to children. Assistance includes food baskets, clothing, toys, scarves, shoes, coats, hats, toiletries, and free gloves. There are also free Christmas, Thanksgiving, and holiday food baskets for the entire family as well as the elderly. More on Baltimore community action center.

Homestead UMC Service Center
1500 Gorsuch Avenue, Baltimore MD, 21218. Main number is 410-243-4419
A program known as Harvest of Plenty will provide free food baskets to individuals/families who are eligible for SSI/SSDI/SSA, food stamps, MEAP, unemployment, TCA, or TDAP.





Carter Memorial Church of God
13 S Poppleton St, Baltimore, MD 21201. Dial 410-752-6123

Salvation Army, Family Services has multiple locations
Countless assistance programs and referrals are offered. Among them include free food vouchers to families in need, including Thanksgiving turkeys. Other services include free toys at Christmas, the Angel Tree program, Adopt a Family, and more. The Salvation Army also has financial aid, free gift certificates, games, books, and other Christmas help for children. More on free holiday help Salvation Army Baltimore.

Baltimore City Police Department
They will try to distribute food baskets/toys to anyone in need. They also offer Christmas gifts, toys and presents from a program known as “Shop with a Cop”. Resources are limited. Photo ID, proof of residence, and other proof is needed. The focus is on children and students. Call 211 or 410-889-6499.

  • 1034 North Mount Street, Baltimore MD, 21217, dial 410-396-2477
  • 242 West 29th Street, Baltimore Maryland, 21211-2908, 410-396-2422
  • 500 East Baltimore Street, Baltimore MD, 21202
  • Baltimore City Police Department, Western District, Baltimore MD, 21217

Native American Lifelines
1 E Franklin St, Baltimore, MD 21202. Call 410-837-2258
Provides gifts, stockings and toys for children of Native American decent only. This needs to be verified.

Ray of Hope Baptist Church
Main address is 3000 Parkside Drive, Baltimore MD, 21214. Call 410-563-2278 or (410) 254-3797
Christmas baskets and meals are offered. Senior citizens and the elderly/homebound may have the goods delivered to them.

Damascus House Inc
4203 Ritchie Hwy, Brooklyn, MD 21225. Dial (410) 789-7446
They have a free Christmas program. Household goods, furniture, small toys or stocking stuffers for kids as well as holiday food baskets for the Baltimore area.

Saint Ursula Catholic Church
Address: 8801 Harford Rd, Baltimore, MD 21234. Call (410) 665-2111
A free food pantry has Easter, Thanksgiving turkeys, and Christmas meals. There may be small toys for kids, gifts, and shopping sprees (based on donations and volunteers).

Ames Shalom Community
613 Baker Street, Baltimore MD, 21217. Main number is 410-523-5556





The City Temple Outreach of Baltimore
317 Dolphin Street , Baltimore MD, 21217. Main phone - 410-383-8040

Toys for Tots
7000 Hamlet Avenue, Baltimore MD, 21234
This is a national program with operations across Baltimore and the county. The non-profit runs a Christmas program organized by the Marine Corps Reserve. They collect new, unopened toys from corporate and private donors. The gifts and items are passed out to children from the community. Find tablets, video games, toy trucks for little boys, gifts for girls, teen items and more. Apply here.

Charity Community Church of God
Address is 1710 Gwynn Oak Avenue, Gwynn Oak, Maryland, 21207. Phone number - 410-499-4338 or  (410) 298-7800
Services include free toys at Christmas and meals as well, including at Thanksgiving. The charity works to help underprivileged children.

Catholic Charity churches
They are in both Baltimore County and City. A free food pantry and soup kitchen help the low income, immigrants and needy. Get free Christmas toys for kids or teenagers, clothes, meals at Easter, Thanksgiving or Christmas and other assistance. More on assistance from Baltimore Catholic Charities.

New Psalmist Baptist Church of Baltimore
Location is 6020 Marian Dr, Baltimore, MD 21215. Dial (410) 764-8591 or  (410) 945-3000
Free Thanksgiving and Christmas assistance is for families with children and/or the elderly. Help is offered across both city of Baltimore and County. Thanksgiving turkey dinners, free Christmas presents, gift certificates for shopping and other goods are offered.

Providence Baptist Church Emergency Food
Location is 1401 Pennsylvania Avenue
Baltimore MD, 21217
Dial the non-profit at 410-523-7000
Holiday gift baskets, toys, hot meals, and other assistance is offered. They administer programs at Thanksgiving and Christmas.

AFL-CIO Community Services of Central Maryland
2701 West Patapsco Avenue Suite 110
Baltimore MD, 21230-2797
Dial 410-247-4898
May have free food baskets and toys for current Union members only. If resources allow, they will have at most one gift per child.

American Rescue Workers of Maryland
2441 West Baltimore Street
Baltimore MD, 21223
Main number is 410-566-3300







Echo House Multi-Service Center
1705 West Fayette Street
Baltimore MD, 21223-1708
A basket of food and groceries is available to families in need. May also have toys, games, books, and other items for infants to 13 years old or younger.

Church of the Redeemed of the Lord
Main address: 4321 Old York Road
Baltimore MD, 21212-4727

I Can't, We Can
Location - 432 Park Heights Avenue
Baltimore MD, 21215
Telephone - 410-728-5174
Meals, toys, clothing, winter hats, and other items are passed out at Christmas.

Saint Clare Parish Outreach
Essex MD, 21221
Main number is 410-687-6011

Angel Wings Ministries
2355 Nutmeg Terrace
Baltimore, Maryland, 21209
For information, dial 443-621-3520
The non-profit partners with the USMC on Toys for Tots. This will help children from Baltimore city and county families that are living in poverty. Clothing, gifts, and more is passed out.

Promoting Children Voices
Location - 217 N Carey St
Baltimore, Maryland, 21223
Small gifts are provided. Register early for assistance, as donations run out quickly.

City Temple Outreach
Location is 317 Dolphin St
Baltimore, Maryland 21217
(410) 383-8040
Low income or unemployed families can get free food (Easter, Thanksgiving or Christmas) as well as small toys, gifts, or games for their kids. Some small presents or stocking stuffers are offered.

Southwest Community Council, Inc.
Address: 603 Wyeth St.
Baltimore, Maryland, 21230
Applications to holiday assistance is combined with referrals and case management. There is also help for senior citizens and the homebound at Christmas, such as home delivered meals.

Holiday gift referral network of Baltimore
If all of the programs and agencies above can’t help, then try the United Way for support. Call 211. They have information on Adopt a Family programs, free Christmas gift giveaway events, and other holiday help.

A Mother's Cry - Christmas Gathering
720 Rutland Avenue, Baltimore Maryland, 21205. Call 443-760-8453 or (443) 303-6289
They support mothers that have lost a child to violence. Free hams and other Christmas goods may be provided.

By Jon McNamara

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