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Central southern Michigan free holiday assistance.

Holiday programs, including assistance for Christmas and Thanksgiving, is available for qualified low income families in the central Michigan region. Several agencies provide free Christmas gifts, process Toys for Tots applications, offer food or Angel Tree services and other holiday support. There is assistance from charities, non-profits and churches, focus on helping families, seniors, and especially children.

There are application processes in place and most of the services are provided on a first come and served basis. What may be offered includes toys, games, gift cards and clothing for children. Many sites will also serve Thanksgiving and Christmas meals and provide turkeys as well. The centers can help children and families in counties such as Hillsdale, Livingston, and Jackson. Call a non-profit or center below to see how they may be able to help at Christmas.

The Salvation Army has several locations in the region. A number of social services and assistance may be available. The locations can provide free Christmas baskets of food and a holiday toy for children ages 14 and under. Other programs can include Angel Tree, Adopt a Family and more. Thanksgiving meals may be served too. The locations may also have warm winter clothing as needed.

  • Hillsdale County, 160 East Bacon Street, Hillsdale, Michigan 49242, (517) 437-4240
  • Calhoun County, 400 Capital Avenue NE, Battle Creek, MI 49017, call (269) 963-3640 ext. 18
  • Livingston County, 503 Lake Street, Howell, Michigan 48843, (517) 546-4750
  • Jackson County, 806 East Pearl Street, Jackson, MI 49201, (517) 782-7185. They also run Toys for Tots for the County.
  • There are other programs too. Find additional free holiday help from Salvation Army in Michigan.

Capital Area Community Services - Clinton Service Center
Location 1001 South Oakland Street
St. Johns, Michigan 48879
(989) 224-6702
They may assist income qualified families with applying for Toys for Tots.




Community Action Agency
400 West South Street
Adrian, MI 49221
(517) 263-7861
This location will accept applications for free food and holiday baskets on behalf of Crossroads Community Church.

Santa's Helper of Calhoun County
Main address is 111 East Michigan Avenue
Battle Creek, MI 49014
Provides both Christmas and Thanksgiving baskets for families in Calhoun County.

Michigan Department Of Human Services
The state will try to arrange Thanksgiving and Christmas help for area residents in need. A list is created and what is provided will depend on donations. They work with the Salvation Army as well.
Saint Joseph County, 692 East Main Street, Centreville, MI 49032, For intake, dial (269) 467-1200

Charlotte Chamber Of Commerce
126 North Bostwick
Charlotte, MI 48813
(517) 543-0400
Food and small amounts of Christmas assistance may be offered.

Saint Catherine Laboure Catholic Church
211 Harmon Avenue
Concord, MI 49237
(517) 524-7578

First Presbyterian Church Of Dimondale
162 North Bridge Street
Dimondale, MI 48821
Main number - (517) 646-0641
The local non-profit Lions club may provide some Christmas assistance to residents of Dimondale in need.





Otsego County United Way
116 East Fifth Street
Gaylord, MI 49735
(989) 732-9164
May have food baskets.

Holt Community Food Bank of Ingham County
2021 North Aurelius Road
Holt, Michigan 48842-517
(517) 694-9307

Christ's Kingdom Ministries
Location - 501 South Elm Street
Jackson, Michigan 49203
Phone - (517) 879-5680
They offer a Christmas themed food basket on a first come first served basis.

Lakeview Ministerial Association Food Pantry
Main address is 8890 Tamarack Road
Lakeview, MI 48850
(989) 352-6374

Human Development Commission
1559 Imlay City Road
Lapeer, Michigan 48446
(810) 664-7133
Free hats, mittens, toys for children and other items are included as available as well as a Christmas basket including groceries and food for a Christmas meal.

Leslie Community Outreach
614 Mill Street
Leslie, MI 49251
Telephone - (517) 589-5814

Hillsdale Assembly of God
4075 Beck Road, Jonesville, MI 49250
This is the Toys for Tots program administrator for Hillsdale County. Based on donations, children and teenagers can get free Christmas toys, games, books, electronics, and other items.

Olivet Good Neighbors
PO Box 195
Olivet, MI 49076
(269) 749-2631





Venture Church
8457 E Highland Rd
Howell, MI 48843
Main Phone: (810) 991-1116
Livingston County families can apply at the church for Toys for Tots. It is run in partnership with the US Marine Corps.  Free Christmas gifts, some food, and other aid is offered.

Potterville United Methodist Church of Eaton County
Address: 105 North Church Street
Potterville, MI 48876
Main phone - (517) 645-7701

Tecumseh Service Club
Location is 1304 Partridge Court
Tecumseh, MI 49286
Main (517) 423-5307
Provides Christmas baskets to children, low income families, and seniors in the area that are in need.

Vermontville Christmas Assistance
7160 Ionia Road
Vermontville, Michigan 49096
(517) 726-0670
The non-profit provides Christmas food baskets only for low income residents of Vermontville. Also can take applications for the non-profit Toys for Tots program. This provides gifts, games, toys, and more to children.


By Jon McNamara


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