Bergen County free Christmas assistance.

Thousands of families in Bergen County New Jersey receive help at Christmas and other major holidays. Some examples of the assistance provided may be a gift certificate, free toys for a child, clothing, or a hot holiday meal for the entire family. When applying for help, proof of income and residency will be required.

Another item to remember is that the charities coordinate their services. This will prevent the same resident from receive holiday assistance from more than one agency at the same time. Also, the application period will be several weeks before the holiday occurs. So gifts or presents for a child need to be requested in October or November, and Thanksgiving meal applications are usually distributed in November. Find the leading agencies for seniors as well as low income families to call for help during the Christmas season.

Greater Bergen Community Action
Location is 500 E 35th St
Paterson, New Jersey 07504
Donations of money, new, unwrapped toys, clothing, winter hats, toiletries and more are accepted. The items are then given out to income qualified families to use as a Christmas present. They can also direct residents to Toys for Tots and other programs.




Salvation Army Center in Hackensack
Address is 436 Union St
Hackensack, New Jersey 07601
Telephone number - (201) 342-6531
Vouchers to pay for furniture or clothing, financial aid, shelter and more are provided. During the winter months income qualified families can apply for holiday assistance. There is also home delivery for senior citizens too of a Christmas meal.

Passaic Teen Center
228 Hope Avenue
Passaic, NJ
Phone: 973-473-5755
The non-profit helps only boys under the age of 18. Clothing, socks, sweatpants, bedding, sheets, personal hygiene items and more is provided year round and at Christmas.





On Our Own Self-Help Center and Sunset Rotary Club’s at Christ Church
251 State St
Hackensack, New Jersey
Dial 201.489.8402
Anyone can stop in for the Annual Holiday Dinner. There are no income or other requirements. Food can be provided to the homeless, unemployed, and families living in poverty.

Bergen County Housing Health and Human Service Center
120 South River St.
Hackensack, NJ
Dial 201.833.8009
Christmas meals, referrals to toys and Angel Tree programs, and other assistance is arranged.

Social Service Association of Ridgewood & Vicinity
Address is 6 Station Plaza
Ridgewood, NJ 07450
Main Phone - (201) 444-2980
The charity offers free Thanksgiving baskets, gifts during Christmas holidays, as well as childrens birthday bags and back to school programs as well as supplies. Children can also enroll into Christmas toy programs and senior citizens in Bergen County may be given a meal too.

Toys for Tots – Bergen County location
The US Marine Corps and charities work on this service. There may be new, unwrapped gifts (toys, clothing, boots, games, and more) given to households with children under the age of 13. Apply online.

Hoboken Police Department
Telephone: 201.420.2100
The location only helps residents of Little Ferry, Moonachie and Hoboken. Staff collect gifts from the community. The offices will provide toys, games, and the items to children and teenagers in need.

Volunteer Center of Bergen County
The resource known as All Wrapped Up Holiday Giving is a partnership of local charities and non-profits. They do not give gifts directly to people, but may have referrals to Angel Tree and other programs.




Food and Clothing Pantry
9 North Farview Ave.
Paramus,  New Jersey
After an intake/assessment process, holiday food baskets may be passed out to Paramus residents only. There may be Thanksgiving turkeys, toppings, side items, and more for the less fortunate in Bergen County.

Bergen County Board of Social Services
216 Route 17 North
Rochelle Park, New Jersey 07662
(201) 368-4200
Some years, the government agency has information on gift giving programs. This will only be for existing clients that receive public aid.

Salvation Army – Englewood office
Main address: 380 S. VanBrunt St
Englewood, NJ 07631
Phone - (201) 503-9400
The programs include counseling, Adopt-a-Family, toys, and a thrift store. This site covers Englewood, and Fort Lee area.

Township of  Teaneck
Location of office - 818 Teaneck Rd
Teaneck, New Jersey 07666
(201) 837-1600
Town residents can seek help from a free toy drive or Thanksgiving food basket program.



By Jon McNamara

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