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Free Christmas and holiday assistance Charleston SC area.

There is help available at Christmas and Thanksgiving in the Charleston South Carolina, Berkeley, and Dorchester County area. Free toys, holiday meal baskets (including delivery to seniors) games, food, Thanksgiving Turkeys, and other assistance is available. Find where to apply at below for some of the free holiday and Christmas programs, including Toys for Tots, Angel Tree (including for the elderly), Adopt a Family and others.

The biggest program in the region is the annual Toys for Tots giveaway. Children may be provided with free Christmas toys, games, trucks, dolls, electronics, books, clothes, and more. Or get items such as Legos, video games, sporting equipment, Dolls, Hot Wheels care and more. All assistance is given on a first come and served basis to income qualified residents of the Charleston County and surrounding areas.

Other holiday assistance is mainly from the Salvation Army. But there are additional options as well in the region, including Berkeley and Dorchester County. Churches, charities, and non-profits in Charleston SC and the region may all provide assistance during Christmas and/or Thanksgiving. Whether it is a food basket, meal, turkeys dinner, or even senior care, help is offered at the holidays.

Toys for Tots
Registration normally runs from early October to November. Dial 211 for more information. Free games, books, Christmas toys for children, and more are available from the United States Marine Corp and volunteer driven Toys for Tots program. A focus is on the low-income, single moms or dads, underemployed and others in the region.

Bring DSS paperwork (if applicable), tax documents, proof of income, and other supporting docs when registering for Tots for Tots. Another location is 2135 Ashley River Rd., Charleston, SC 29407, number is (843) 763-9881. Or find more details here.

Salvation Army
There are multiple locations in the region. Each will serve free holiday meals to the low income, homeless, and lonely. They will be Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. There are also free Christmas toys drives from Angel Tree, food boxes, financial aid, rent help and more. Or get free gift cards for Christmas shipping for gifts, holiday food baskets and more. A leading social service charity in the area. Find locations in Charleston County as well as Dorchester and Berkeley County.




Dorchester Children's Advocacy Center - Operation  E.L.F.
Only clients of this non-profit can get help from Adopt an angel. What may be offered during Christmas includes, but is not limited too, clothes, jewelry, games, toys, bikes, and sports gear. Clients applying need to be member of the Advocacy Center and also under the age of 17. If so, then the number is 843.875.1551. Address is 303 East Richardson Avenue Summerville, SC 29483

Debi's Kids Angel Tree
It is run from the Salvation Army Center at 2135 Ashley River Rd, Charleston, SC 29407. Phone: (843) 763-9881
Donations allow it to provide assistance to the needy. There may be free non-perishable food or groceries, Christmas gifts (toys and games), clothes, and more. The Angel Tree partners with local Salvation Army centers too.

Goodwill Industries of Lower South Carolina
2150 Eagle DR, Charleston, SC 29406. (843) 566-0072
The elderly can apply for holiday help from Golden Angel Tree Program. This gives free clothes, hygiene supplies, and more. As far as Christmas toys or presents, there is a low cost…this is not a free program.

Neighbors Together - Formerly Tricounty Family Ministries
Location is  - 2105 Cosgrove Ave. North Charleston, SC 29405. Call (843) 747-1788
Clothes and referrals to holiday programs and financial help is offered.

ECCO - East Cooper Community Outreach
1145 Six Mile Road, Mount Pleasant, SC 29466. (843) 849-9220
Adopt a Family is for residents in the region, including MT Pleasant.  Children under the age of 18 can be assisted with free Christmas presents. The charity offers many other assistance programs too, including holiday meal deliveries from Meals on Wheels.

Catholic Charities
There are two sites of this church. One is 3921 St. John's Ave., North Charleston, SC 29405. Call (843) 308-9361. And the other supports the Summerville region.
Resources include free groceries, holiday ingredients, and more from a pantry. They also help ensure the elderly and women facing DV get holiday joy. Referrals and linkage to other Thanksgiving and Christmas assistance may be offered too.





Palmetto Community Action Partnership
Address is 1069 King St., Charleston, SC 29403. Call (843) 724-6760
A wide variety of social services are offered, including free back to school supplies, books, and referrals. They will often have information on Christmas assistance programs as well as Thanksgiving resources, including meals, groceries, stocking stuffers or Christmas decorations for kids and more.

Summerville Police Department's (SPD) Annual Christmas Outreach
This is for residents of Summerville or Dorchester County school district. They provide free Christmas presents, clothes, and more to children from struggling families.  Call 211

By Jon McNamara

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