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Free holiday and Christmas assistance Central Florida or Orange County

Find where to get assistance for the holidays in Orange County, Orlando, and other counties in central Florida. Locate charities and churches that offer free Christmas toys, meals, presents, Thanksgiving food boxes and other holiday assistance to the less fortunate. Learn where to apply for Toys for Tots, Adopt a Family and the Angel Tree program, among other free Christmas gift giving services in counties such as Orange and nearby cities including Orlando.

Most of the free presents, toys for kids, and holiday food boxes provided are passed out for free to thousands of children and senior citizens as well as single mother run homes every year. There may be Legos, matchbox cars, dolls, tablets, video games or books, clothes and much more. While many of the non-profits that offer help around the holidays are located in the Orlando and Orange County region, other counties and towns are supported as well. The holiday programs run in the central Florida counties of Orange, Alachua, Bradford, Citrus, Osceola, Dixie, Gilchrist, Lafayette, Lake, Levy, Marion, Sumter, Pasco, Seminole, and Union.

Providing food, gifts, and toys at Christmas is the priority, however the agencies may also serve free meals at Thanksgiving and Easter too. Some of the resources can include turkeys, gift baskets, free bags of groceries, or free gift cards for shopping.. The assistance provided at Christmas is much more extensive as the goal is to ensure all children, no matter the family’s income, have a present to open. Many of the senior citizens and the elderly in Orlando Florida can have a home visit too. Or look into charities that are feeding the homeless meals.

St. Theresa Social Services
11528 Se Us Hwy. 302, Belleview, Florida 34420. Dial (352) 245-2458
Applications for free Christmas and holiday programs are in Spanish too. Get free food, including for the holidays, Christmas decorations, meals and more.

Exchange Club Yellow Umbrella
Address is  226 King St, Cocoa, FL 32922. Dial (321) 723-2927. Or call (321) 433-3570 for intake.
The agency may have free Thanksgiving Baskets, Christmas Baskets, Holiday Gift/Food Drive and also provide for Volunteer Opportunities. It is an Adopt a Family program.

Peace Lutheran Church
7201 S. Hwy 41, Dunnellon, FL 34432. Phone - (352) 489-5881
Partners with the Salvation Army in Orlando and Marion County to provide free toys, gifts, meals, and more to low income families. They have toys for children in addition to a holiday meal that the family can "shop" for at no cost. There may be games, sporting equipment, sneakers and small toys for kids from age 0 to 13.

 

 

 

The First Baptist Church Of Fort Mccoy
11350 NE Hwy 316, Fort Mc Coy, FL 32134. (352) 236-2543

Helping Hands Foundation
Address is 101 NE 16th Ave, Ocala, FL 34470. Main Phone: (352) 732-4464
Only existing clients of this Marion County Florida charity can get Christmas help. Call to donate gifts and toys for children, infants, and the less fortunate. The items are then given for free to families in poverty as well as the homeless that apply.

The Sharing Center
Main address is 600 North Hwy 17-92 Suite 158, Fairmont Plaza, Longwood, FL 32750. Telephone: (407) 260-9155
Offers free holiday Food baskets for low income residents and the elderly of Seminole County.

Adopt-a-child For Christmas
Address - PO Box 1311, Mount Dora, Florida 32756. Main number is (352) 630-0418 or 352.530.6973
The non-profit and the volunteers that participate helps provide Christmas toys and gifts for children in families in need because of unemployment, illness or other hardships. Call to request an application.

Salvation Army
Thanksgiving and Christmas meals are served. Also runs gift and toys programs such as Angel Tree and others. There are dozens of centers in central Florida, Orange County, Orlando, Lake County and other places. Get free holiday meals (ham, turkey, desserts), games or toys for children, new presents, clothes and more. They also hold holiday events for the low-income, unemployed and struggling. The charity passes out gifts to children. Find a list of holiday assistance programs from the Salvation Army in Florida.

  • One location is in Marion County, 320 NW First Avenue (Service Address), Ocala, FL 34470, (352) 732-8326.
  • Lake County Adopt a Family is at 2605 South St, Leesburg, FL 34748. Phone (352) 365-0079
  • City County address - 712 S School Ave, Lecanto, FL 34461. Call (352) 513-4960
  • Seminole County Salvation Army social services and Christmas help - 700 W. 24th St., Sanford, FL 32771. Call (407) 322-2642
  • Orange County centers for holiday help are at 3899 W Colonial Dr, Orlando, FL 32808, dial (407) 295-9311 or try 1330 Semoran Boulevard, Florida 436, Casselberry, FL 32707, phone (407) 671-4419

 

 

 

 

Catholic Charities - Central Florida
1771 N Semoran Blvd, Orlando, FL 32807, Orlando, Florida 32807. Call the organization at (407) 658-1818 for information.
There are many churches that are part of this agency. They help the poor, seniors, single mothers, and others at the holidays and year round. Programs include free Christmas clothes, gifts, toys for children and meals. Some applicants can also get a free box of groceries and ingredients passed out for preparing a Christmas or Thanksgiving meal.

Family Assistance Office of Catholic Charities Of Central Florida
118 W Lemon St, Lakeland, FL 33815. Phone (407) 658-1818
Partner with many local churches and charities. Numerous holiday services such as Christmas Gifts or Thanksgiving meals for families are coordinated and made available.

Forest Evangelical Lutheran Church
1663 Se 183rd. Avenue, Silver Springs, FL 34488. Dial (352) 625-8700
Provides free Christmas and Thanksgiving Baskets and more. Volunteers and others can contribute gifts, toys, and present to children and really the entire family.

Shady Hills United Methodist Church
Main address is 15925 Greenglen Lane, Spring Hill, Florida 34610. Call (727) 856-2948 for intake.
Supports the immediate community. People can receive free boxes full of holiday food for their families. The elderly and children are always a focus.

The Toys for Tots program is located across the region, including in Orange, Osceola, Gilchrist, Pasco, Seminole, and Sumter County. Charities work with Marine Corp to provide free toys and gifts to children and those that are struggling. Kids, infants, teens get new, unwrapped Christmas gift (toys, clothes, educational items, money, etc.). Some of the agencies that operate the program are below.

United Way Of North Central Florida
Main location is 6031 NW 1st Place, Gainesville, FL 32607. Dial (352) 331-2800
Mostly offers referrals and applications for holiday programs such as Toys for Tots.

Metropolitan Ministries Of Pasco
Main address is 3214 US Highway 19, Holiday, FL 34691. Call (727) 937-3268 for hours.

First Baptist Church Of Umatilla
550 Hatfield Drive, Umatilla, FL 32784. Main number is (352) 669-3214
Supports the region and may have boxes of toys, clothing, and other items at Christmas.

Iglesia Pentecostal Abrigo Del Altisimo Inc
The church is at 970 SW 6th Ave, Ocala, FL 34471
A major focus is on holiday assistance for immigrants and migrant workers, however others can get help too.

 

 

 

 

McIntosh United Methodist Church
Location is 5709 Avenue G, Mactinosh FL 32664. Call (352) 591-2736
They have holyday meals, Toys for Tots Adopt A family Applications and other social service.

Family Resource Center of Citrus County
3660 N Carl G Rose Hwy, Hernando, FL 34442. Dial (352) 344-1001
The process applications to Christmas toy drives, have food baskets and other assistance programs for low-income households.

Orange County Mayor’s Toy Drive
They hand out free Christmas toys to kids from age 0 to 18. Each years thousands of children, teens and others in Orlando and the county get Christmas presents. Dial 211. There may be action figures, Barbie dolls, toy trucks, Legos, sneakers, arts and crafts and so much more - based on donations.

Nathaniel's Hope
They only help kids with disabilities. Address is 5210 S. Orange Ave, Orlando, FL 32809. Dial 407 857-8224
Kids with special needs can get presents, food, attend Thanksgiving or Christmas celebrations and more.

Seminole County Sheriff's Office
They run a "Christmas Village" Toy programs for kids from the community. There may be thousands of toys passed out each year, based on donations. STEM items, books crafts, sproting goods, basketballs, dolls and more. Call (407) 665-6880.

Lake County only - Firefighter's Charity Alliance of Central Florida
Email is info@firefightercharityCF.org
Income qualified residents from the county can "shop" with their kids for the toys they want. It is based on donations. The charity tries to help as many children as possible, but applications are needed with proof of income.

 

By Jon McNamara

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