Burlington Vermont area free Christmas and holiday assistance.

Struggling families in Burlington can get help at the major holidays, including Christmas and Thanksgiving. The programs focus on providing children with free toys or seniors with a home delivered meal and companionship. Other assistance may include entire food baskets so a household can prepare their own holiday meal.

However, whenever possible, families with kids will always be the focus. Using donations and a number of toy drives held throughout Chittenden and other counties, there may be a wide variety of items given to them. Charities may pass out free games, small gifts, presents, clothing, and more.

There will often be a wish list created by the child, and while the goal is to provide them whatever they request on it, this is not always possible. The main churches or charities to apply at for help at Christmas are below.

Franklin-Grand Isle United Way
Location is 48 Lower Newton Street
Saint Albans, Vermont 05478
Call (802) 528-8530
Operation Happiness is for local households in Grand Isle and Franklin County. Needy families can receive a free Thanksgiving meal basket. The United Way will also use this program to offer assistance at Christmas, including gifts and small toys.

Shelburne Town Holiday Food Shelf
Address is 5420 Shelburne Road, Town Offices Building
Shelburne, VT 05482
Call (802) 985-5116
There are small gifts for children. Also, town residents that have a low income can apply for a Christmas or Thanksgiving food basket. Turkeys, toppings, fruits, and more may be in these holiday meals. The service is only for struggling households in the town.

Hilltop Light Ministries - Community Bible Church
Address is 2025 Williston Road
South Burlington, Vermont 05403
Phone number is (802) 373-5540
The Chittenden County charity offer free Christmas gifts to high school students and children under the age of 18.




Chances For Christmas - Champlain Mill
Winooski, VT 05404
(802) 777-5130
The non-profit supports four counties in Vermont, including Chittenden, Franklin, Addison and Grand Isle. Toys, games, and more are collected from individuals and businesses. Residents then Adopt a family and offer them the gifts.

Saint Joseph Co-cathedral - Joseph's House
Location is 113 Elmwood Avenue
Burlington, VT 05401
(802) 951-4290
Drawing are used to provide help. There may be gift cards for shopping, Thanksgiving food baskets, winter attire, and meals delivered to the elderly in the Burlington area.

Toys for Tots - Chittenden County Last Chance Program
For those that register online, there may be gifts, games, and other items provided. Volunteers and donations keep this program running across Vermont.

Salvation Army
Main center is at 64 Main Street
Burlington, Vermont 05401
Phone: (802) 864-6991
The Angel Tree program is for Burlington, Winooski, Milton, Charlotte, Colchester, Shelburne and Hinesburg. Toys are only for low income families, such as those on food stamps or living in poverty. The charity can also offer financial support, job placement, and more for those clients in the Christmas program. Proof of income is needed.



By Jon McNamara

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