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Buncombe County free Christmas and holiday assistance.

Applications for free Christmas toys and free gifts are taken by some or all of the charities in the Asheville area below. The demand for additional help around the holidays is very high as many families struggle to buy the gifts their kids request. Or they struggle to pay for a Thanksgiving or Christmas meal. The non-profits, including Toys for Tots, below may be able to help by giving out free Christmas presents, food baskets and Thanksgiving turkeys.

Using donations from the community for programs such as Angel Tree or Adopt-a-Family, the goal is to provide children from low income families some form of gift or clothing item. They too need something to put under the Christmas tree to unwrap. When seeking holiday assistance in Buncombe County, apply early as resources are limited.

Swannanoa Valley Christian Ministry
Address is 101 North Ridgeway Avenue
Black Mountain, NC 28711
(828) 669-9404
The Christmas assistance program is for children under the age of 13 in Black Mountain, Swannanoa, Ridgecrest, East Asheville, and Montreat.

Salvation Army holiday programs - Buncombe County
Location is 204 Haywood Street
Asheville, North Carolina 28801
Phone: (828) 253-4723
Many programs are run. The charity has free toys, Thanksgiving and Christmas meals, clothing, and more. They also provide holiday food and visits to senior citizens. Free Christmas presents, gift cards, stocking stuffers and holiday joy is offered. Other assistance includes financial help for heating bills, winter attire, and cold weather shelter. Proof of ID, income, and Buncombe County residency is needed.




Toys for Tots of Western NC - Asheville, Henderson and Buncombe County
Each year several thousand households get assistance. Children can be given free, unwrapped toys from the US Marine Corps program. Donations and volunteers, as well as local charities, operate it. Get books, games, learning toys, video games, Laptops, Matchbox cars and other free Christmas toys, including Legos. Read more here.

Victory Fellowship Worship Center
Main address is 450 Aiken Road
Asheville, North Carolina 28804
(828) 243-3088
The charity administers the God's Little Angels Christmas Program.

ABCCM - Asheville-Buncombe Community Christian Ministry
24 Cumberland Avenue
Asheville, NC 28801
(828) 259-5300
Free Christmas presents as well as children is for children and teenagers.

Western Carolina Rescue Ministries
225 Patton Avenue
Asheville, North Carolina 28801
Main phone - (828) 254-0471
Families living in poverty and the homeless can apply for the annual community Thanksgiving meal. There is also a Christmas banquet, which has food, Turkeys and small gifts for kids.





Optimist Club of Asheville - Innsbruck Mall
85 Tunnel Road
Asheville, NC 28805
Dial the charity at (828) 258-3230

Hands on Asheville United Way Volunteer Center
Volunteers and local churches give back. There is an Adopt a Family Christmas and Thanksgiving program. Free Christmas trees, food baskets, Grant a Wish, Adopt a Senior program and more. They also give out financial aid and warm clothes during the holiday season as well as decorations. Cal l211 to apply or to volunteer.

Buncombe County Health and Human Services
40 Coxe Avenue
Asheville, NC 28801
(828) 250-5500
The elderly in Buncombe can sign up for the Senior Wish Tree service. Donations from the community provide the holiday job and visits they need.

Victory Fellowship Worship Center
Main address is 450 Aiken Road
Asheville, North Carolina 28804
Call the church at (828) 243-3088

Eblen Charities
50 Westgate Parkway
Asheville, NC 28806
(828) 255-3066
Get help from the Saint Nicholas Project. Furniture, gifts, clothing, food, and more is for low income and/or working poor families as well as immigrants. A free Coat Giveaway also takes place at the Westgate Shopping Center. They also have Thanksgiving food baskets, turkeys, and participate in Toys for Tots. More on Eblen Charities assistance programs.

Synergy In Action
The location of the center is Five Nantahala Street
Asheville, North Carolina 28801
Dial (828) 575-4527
Assistance is for people on WNC Properties, such as the disabled.





Biltmore Church of Christ
Food pantry and soup kitchen is at 823 Fairview Street
Asheville, North Carolina 28803
(828) 274-2829
Holiday groceries and ingredients. Pies, meat, ham, turkey, and other items are offered to the low income, homeless, and poor.


By Jon McNamara

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