Birmingham area free Christmas and holiday assistance programs.
Several churches and charity organization in the Birmingham area provide Christmas and free holiday programs. The charities will focus their resources on providing help to children from low income families as well as senior citizens. Using donations from the greater Jefferson County Alabama community, the agencies may have hot meals (including at Thanksgiving), free Christmas gifts, Toy for Tots, Adopt a Family applications, and other items such as clothing.
While there are several churches and organizations to try for help in Birmingham AL and Jefferson County, most of the Christmas assistance is provided by the Salvation Army and YMCA. These agencies offer programs such as Toys for Tots, Angel Tree, and others. They operate by collecting toys and items from the community, and then provide these for free to children and teenagers, among others.
The goal is to always help residents experience the holidays. So they try to do their best, whether that is offer a free meal or food basket, or provide presents to children or gift cards to parents. Please donate or volunteer to the charities if possible.
The Salvation Army locations
The non-profit has several centers in Jefferson County. The main locations are below. They offer Christmas assistance to low income families, and the elderly in the county can also get help. A key service available is the Angel Tree program, and this may have gifts, toys, presents, hygiene supplies, and more. Volunteers also prepare meals, including on Thanksgiving, and serve them to the homeless and working poor.
In addition to the holiday resources, case management may be provided as well for addressing long term problems. So this will ensure the family gets back on track after the Christmas season.
- Bessemer Corps, 525 13th Street, Bessemer, AL 35020, dial (205) 425-4303
- Command center for Jefferson County - 2015 26th Ave N, Birmingham, Alabama 35234. Dial (205) 328-2420
- Social Service office is at 2130 11th Avenue North and it can be reached at (205) 328-5656
- Find more details on free Salvation Army Birmingham holiday assistance.
Address is 106 Oxmoor Rd suite 152, Birmingham, Alabama 35209. Phone - (205) 803-3211
They provide baskets to the homebound, including senior citizens and the disabled. There will be food, groceries, and enough items to prepare a holiday dinner. Companionship is also available to the homebound when the deliver delivers the food basket.
The Ministry Center At Green Springs
Location is 2230 Green Springs Highway, Birmingham, Alabama 35205. Dial the charity at (205) 326-1211
Referrals and other support is provided from the location. They can refer the poor and struggling to programs ranging from Adopt a Family to Thanksgiving turkeys, toy services, and more.
Catholic Charity and other faith based affiliated churches
2121 3rd Ave N, Birmingham, Alabama 35203. Call (205) 838-8316 for referrals.
There are many in Jefferson County. They may operate everything from low cost thrift stores to holiday assistance programs, including free toys for kids at Christmas, community meals, food boxes for low income or single parents and more. Continue with church programs in Birmingham.
YMCA of Birmingham and Toys for Tots
There are also several sites. They operate Toys for Tots, in partnership with other non-profits and the Marine Corps. The locations serve as both a drop off and collection point in Jefferson County.
This is one of the nation's primary Christmas programs for struggling families with children. A wide variety of games, clothes, shoes, books, video games and other holiday support is available. There may be Legos, sneakers, games (video or board), books and many other free Christmas gifts for kids from age o to 14. Apply here. https://bessemer-al.toysfortots.org/local-coordinator-sites/lco-sites/request-toys.aspx.
- Downtown center is at 2101 4th Avenue North, Birmingham, Alabama 35203. Call (205) 324-4563
- 5414 Highway 280, Birmingham, AL 35242, telephone (205) 981-0144
- 628 Red Lane Road, Birmingham, AL 35215, main phone (205) 833-7616
- A center is at 1195 Bessemer Road, Birmingham, AL 35228, telephone (205) 923-1195
- 3551 Montgomery Highway, Homewood, Alabama 35209, (205) 870-9622
- Family YMCA in Trussville is at 5920 Valley Road, Trussville, AL 35173, dial (205) 655-2224
- 2086 Columbiana Road, Vestavia, AL 35216, main phone (205) 823-0144
Sixth Avenue Baptist Church
Address is 1101 Martin Luther King Jr Dr., Birmingham, AL 35211. Dial (205) 251-5173
The faith based charity has free clothes, school supplies, and Christmas gifts or toys for kids. Books, games, stocking stuffers and free food boxes may all be offered.
Christian Outreach Ministries
Location is 8 Roebuck Drive, Birmingham, Alabama 35215. Telephone: (205) 833-7712
A free clothing closet is on site for Jefferson County. There may be seasonal items as well, including free Christmas toys, Easter baskets, or gift cards for children. Clients range from working poor to single mothers, shoes can get games, shoes, sneakers, and other items at Christmas.
Greater Birmingham Ministries
The charity is at 2304 12th Avenue North, Birmingham, AL 35234. Call 205-326-6821
There is free food and clothes for the low-income, working poor and children/single moms in Birmingham AL area. There are also free holiday food baskets, Birthday or Christmas toys, easter baskets or Thanksgiving turkeys.
Assistance League of Birmingham
Address is 1755 Oxmoor Rd, Birmingham, AL 35209. Call (205) 870-5555
Free educational supplies are passed out, which may be good items for Christmas. There is a low cost thrift store with affordable (or free) Christmas toys, games, books, and more. A combination of referrals as well as some free items may be offered.
This is a faith based, church type organization in the Birmingham region. Food baskets, toys, gifts, presents at Christmas and other goods are offered. Get gift certificates, books, trucks for boys or dolls for girls, video games, tablets, and more. Continue with Family Services assistance programs.
The Birmingham Dream Center
5705 1st Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35212. Dial (205) 591-1700
They offer Christmas help in the region, including Auburn Alabama and Jefferson County. When program is called Giving Hope. Free Christmas toys, food baskets, gifts, and more may be offered.
Woodlawn Christian Center - Food pantry
Free food bank address is 139 N 54th Street, Birmingham, AL 35212. Call 205-595-3776
A free food pantry and soup kitchen only. Free Thanksgiving turkey, Christmas or Easter food baskets, Meals on Wheels for the elderly and groceries may be offered.
Free holiday meals and small gifts in Birmingham region, including all counties
The following charities serve the lonely, homeless, low-income and unemployed among others. Free Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas meals. Or get a holiday party, small toys (based on donations), turkey dinners and desserts and more.
- Christian Service Mission is at 3600 3rd Ave S, Birmingham, Alabama 35222. Call (205) 252-9906
- Community Kitchens at St. Andrews Episcopal Church, 1024 South 12th Street Birmingham, AL 35205. Phone 205-251-3569
- Grace Episcopal Church Community Kitchens / Soup kitchen address is 5712 1st Avenue North, Birmingham, Alabama 35212