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Central Florida free holiday and Christmas assistance.

The central part of Florida is supported by non-profits, charities and churches that offer free Christmas toys, meals, presents, and other holiday assistance to the less fortunate. There may also be Thanksgiving dinners or turkey meals offered in counties such as Orange and nearby cities including Orlando.

Most of the free gifts, toys, and meals provided are done so at no cost and thousands of children and senior citizens are supported every year. 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 from programs such as Toys for Tots and others.

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, and small gifts for children. The assistance provided at Christmas is much more extensive and will be free toys, books, games, and more for children and teenagers. Many of the senior citizens and the elderly in Orlando Florida can have a home visit too. 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.

St. Theresa Social Services
11528 Se Us Hwy. 302
Belleview, Florida 34420

Exchange Club Yellow Umbrella
Address is 260 Brevard Avenue, Belair Courtyard
Cocoa, Florida 32922
Dial (321) 433-3570 for intake.
The agency may have free Thanksgiving Baskets, Christmas Baskets, Holiday Gift/Food Drive and also provide for Volunteer Opportunities.





Peace Lutheran Church
7201 S. Hwy 41
Dunnellon, FL 34432
(352) 489-5881
Partners with the Salvation Army in Orlando and Marion 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.

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, Florida 34470
Call (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.





The Church Of God Deliverer Usa Inc. Community Service Center
(352) 857-4950

Adopt-a-child For Christmas
Address - PO Box 1311
Mount Dora, Florida 32756
Main number is (352) 630-0418
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 and other places. One location is in Marion County, 320 NW First Avenue (Service Address), Ocala, FL 34470, (352) 732-8326.

Find a list of holiday assistance programs from the Salvation Army in Florida.

The Church Of God Deliverer USA Inc - Ed Croskey Center - Christmas Site
Address: 1510 N.W. 4th Street
Ocala, FL 34475
Passes out gifts to children.

Catholic Charities - Central Florida
1819 North Semoran Boulevard
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
1771 North Semoran Boulevard Suite B
Orlando, FL 32807
(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.





Palm Bay Exchange Club
4680 Lipscomb Street Suite B
Palm Bay, FL 32905
Telephone - (321) 951-7279
Provides free Christmas and Thanksgiving Baskets and more.

Forest Evangelical Lutheran Church
1663 Se 183rd. Avenue
Silver Springs, FL 34488
(352) 625-8700

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. Some of the agencies that operate the program are below.
West Marion County, Dunnellon, Florida 34431, (352) 445-2666
Marines Toys For Tots Foundation, Dixie County, Chiefland, FL 32626, Main number (352) 542-2043
West Pasco County, Holiday, FL 34690, call (727) 847-1840
Citrus County, Inverness, FL 34450, telephone (352) 344-2656
East Marion County, Ocala, Florida 34470, call (352) 347-1643
Central Florida Toys For Tots, 9500 Armed Forces Reserve Drive Suite 300, Orlando, FL 32827
Lake and Sumnter County, Wildwood, FL 34785, (352) 742-6369

United Way Of North Central Florida
Main location is 6031 NW 1st Place
Gainesville, FL 32607
(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.

Food For Christ Inc., Micanopy Christian Fellowship
Location is 4909 Se 165th Avenue
Micanopy, FL 32667
Call (352) 591-6097 for information.







Adopt-a-child For Christmas
PO Box 1311
Mount Dora, FL 32756
(352) 630-0418
Volunteers and others can contribute gifts, toys, and present to children and really the entire family.

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.


By Jon McNamara

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