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Butte County free Christmas and holiday assistance programs.

The two main programs that provide free Christmas toys in Butte County are Adopt a Family as well as Toys-for-Tots. These resources provide gifts to children under the age of 15 or so, provided their parents meet the income qualifications that are in place.

However there are some instances in which maybe a toy is not needed, but the family is instead seeking a free Thanksgiving turkey or Christmas meal. Several churches and charities also offer this service as well. They will either pass out a free basket of holiday food to the family, or serve a meal to anyone that wants one. There are also Meals on Wheels services for seniors, the homebound, and disabled in Butte County.

When applying for a holiday assistance, applications are normally processed in September or October. Resources are limited, but when possible, gifts, food, and other items are available.

Northern Valley Catholic Social Service
The location is 10 Independence Circle
Chico, California 95973
(530) 345-1600
The churches that are part of this agency run the Adopt a Family program. Children and families in need can apply for free toys, food baskets, winter clothing, presents, and other items from the charity.

Salvation Army – Holiday Programs
567 E. 16th Street
Chico, CA 95928
Main phone - (530) 776-1009
A number of services are available in Butte County. There is an annual Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner in the community, including Chico and Paradise. Volunteers serve meals, pass out baskets of food, and give children small gifts, including from the Angel Tree Program.
Another SA church is at 1640 Washington Avenue, Oroville, California 95966. To apply at this site, dial (530) 534-7155. Or try the Paradise, CA Social service center at 7015 Skyway. Phone - (530) 872-7187.





Wings Of Eagles - Joseph Alvarez Organization For Seriously Ill Children
Chico, CA 95926
(530) 893-9231
The non-profit only supports children with life-threatening illnesses. Programs include financial aid, counseling, and help is also given at Christmas as well as Easter.

United Methodist Church
6722 Clark Road
Paradise, California 95969
(530) 877-5989
There are a few services available during the fall and winter months. A Warm Coats for Kids drive operates during December. They also collect donated toys, Christmas presents, gifts, and supplies from the community as part of an Angel Tree Program. Those items are given for free to kids, and the Adopt a Family program may offer meals.

Chico Rescue Mission
Address: 2612 Esplanade
Chico, CA 95973
Dial (530) 343-1935
A free Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner is served to clients, including the homeless, veterans, and people in poverty.

Jesus Center
Office center is 1297 Park Avenue
Chico, California 95928
(530) 345-2640
The homeless in Butte County can use the drop in center. It offers computers, showers, social services and more. A holiday dinner is also served.




Toys For Tots
2480 Notre Dame Boulevard
Butte College Skyway Center
Chico, California 95928
Primary phone: (530) 897-6236
The USMC partners with donors, charities, and individuals in the community. Together they collect unwrapped presents, gift cards, and toys and provide them to needy children.

By Jon McNamara

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