Benton, Carroll, Madison, Washington County free holiday and Christmas assistance.

Dozens of agencies provide free Christmas gifts to kids, meals to the low income, food baskets, toys, and more. The list of places in the region, including Washington, Benton, Madison, and Carroll Counties in Arkansas that offer help during the holidays are below. The amount of assistance offered will vary based on donation levels and volunteers.

The charities and non-profits that offer holiday assistance are regional in nature. They generally only provide free food or Christmas gifts to families in the immediate region, including town or county. However they will tend to offer referrals if needed. Or a struggling, lower income family can dial the regional referral line for more information, which is listed below.

Most of the free holiday programs, whether it is a Thanksgiving meal or Christmas present/food, go to the working poor. Other recipients include senior citizens, the disabled, single moms or dads, and others. But anyone can apply for assistance in the counties, including Benton, Washington Arkansas, and others.

Toys for Tots in NW Arkansas
This is the primary toy and gift program for children from lower income families. In general, the child will be given one or more toys to open Christmas morning. They will be age or gender appropriate. Toys for tots may give out dolls, games, electronics, and other items. Apply at the following charities and non-profits.

  • CARE Community Center of Benton County, 2510 N 17th St #203, Rogers, Arkansas 72756. For applications, dial (479) 246-0104.
  • Life Source International, 602 S School Ave, Fayetteville, AR 72701, phone (479) 521-4000 covers Washington County.

Sharing and Caring of Benton County
Location is 655 Heritage Court
Siloam Springs, Arkansas 72761
Main phone number is (479) 657-6884
Provides free toys, gently used or new clothing, food boxes and shoes to help needy families for Christmas.

 

 

 

 

Redemption Ministries
2701 West New Hope
Rogers, AR 72758
Telephone number is (479) 633-9000
Many seasonal services are operated. They include back to school supply drives, holiday parties, toys giveaways, and more. Children, the elderly, homeless, and vulnerable stop by for support during the holiday season.

Paul's Episcopal Church of Fayetteville
Location is 224 North East Street
Fayetteville, AR 72701
(479) 442-7373
Only a Christmas meal is given out.

Central United Methodist Church of Fayetteville
6 West Dickson Street
Fayetteville, Arkansas 72702
(479) 442-4237
Thanksgiving turkey dinners as well as Christmas meals are served from the soup kitchen. Volunteers may deliver a meal to the homebound too.

The Salvation Army of Northwest Arkansas including Washington County
Location is 219 W 15th St.
Fayetteville, Arkansas 72701
(479) 521-2151
Free holiday programs include Angel Tree and Adopt a Family; back to school supplies; free clothes or meals; Christmas toy drives; financial aid.

Samaritan Community Center
Main address - 1211 West Hudson Road
Rogers, Arkansas 72756
(479) 636-4198
Various holiday programs are available. Meals, Christmas toys, games, electronics, and more. They also provide financial aid and case management.

 

 

 

House of Hope Rescue Mission - Day Center
505 East Emma Street
Springdale, AR 72764
(479) 756-7333
They support the homeless. Showers, free clothes, Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas meal parties and more.

Compassion NWA - Blessing Baskets
Charity address: 2407 South Thompson
Springdale, AR 72764
(479) 717-5630

The Manna Center
Location is 670 Heritiage Court
Siloam Springs, AR 72761
(479) 524-9825
Special seasonal and holiday events are held. School supply drives, Adopt a Family for Christmas, toys and gift drives, and more.

Helping Hands
320 Airport Road
Bentonville, AR 72712
For information dial (479) 273- 2511

Rogers First United Methodist Church
307 West Elm Street
Rogers, AR 72756
Main number is (479) 631-7997

CARE Community Center
Main address is 2801 West Olive Street
Rogers, AR 72756
(479) 246-0104
Free Thanksgiving and Christmas meals are served for people in the community.

 

 

 

 

The Salvation Army
Main location is 3305 SW I Street
Bentonville, AR 72712
Main phone number is (479) 271-9545
A number of financial assistance programs, holiday help, and case management is provided. Examples of what may be offered includes free toys from Angel Tree, games for kids, and Meals on Wheels for the elderly or disabled. There is also shelter, rent help, and other seasonal aid.

 

By Jon McNamara

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