Free holiday assistance in Linn County Iowa.

There are a few places to go for help at Christmas and Thanksgiving in the Linn County Iowa area. A few different charities and non-profits pass out free toys for children, they help serve Christmas and Thanksgiving meals, and provide other assistance. Everyone from low income families to senior citizens, the disabled, and homeless may get help.

There are really two main Christmas assistance programs in the Cedar Rapids region. They include Toys for Tots as well as Angel Tree. Both focus on kids from infant/newborn age to around 15 or so. There are free toys for boys, girls, single mothers, and others. The goal is to ensure each child in Linn County has a present to open.

Other options range from free food or meals from church run pantries to small gifts for kids. The Salvation Army is often involved in running these free holiday programs using volunteers. There is also Adopt a Family for low income families in the Cedar Rapids region. They collect toys and even deliver meals to the lonely or homebound.

Operation BackPack and Headstart clients only can apply for Adopt A Family at the Hawkeye Area Community Action Program.
Location is 1515 Hawkeye Drive
Hiawatha, Iowa, 52233
Dial (800) 332-5289
Free toys, games, books, electronics, boots, and more is given. It is a Christmas assistance program for Backpack and Head Start kids.

Toys for Tots from the Salvation Army of Linn county and Marine Corps
An annual registration and distribution takes place. Call (319) 364-9131. Donations, businesses, and volunteers collect items for low income families and those living in poverty. The toys, gifts, games, and more are usually passed out in December.





St. Paul's United Methodist Church
Address is 1340 Third Avenue SE
Cedar Rapids, IA, 52403
Dial (319) 363-2058
A free dinner is provided.

Mission of Hope
Address is 1700 B Ave NE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52402
(319) 365-1782
A soup kitchen and free food pantry is on site. Thanksgiving turkey dinners, Christmas or Easter food baskets, gift cards, and maybe small Christmas toys for kids. Volunteers serve the homeless and may deliver holiday meals to the homebound in Cedar Rapids.

Jane Boyd Community House
Clothing closet is at 404 17th Street SE
Cedar Rapids, IA, 52403
(319) 366-1408
Free clothes may be given year round, including at Christmas. There may also be small gadgets or toys, but it is mostly a free clothing bank.





There are several in Linn County. They generally give out free food or serve meals. It may occur at Thanksgiving (including turkey dinners), Easter, or Christmas. Kids may be given small stocking stuffer type gifts as well, and celebrations are held. Find more details on assistance from Cedar Rapid churches.

By Jon McNamara

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