Charleston area free Christmas and holiday assistance.

There is help available at Christmas and Thanksgiving in the Charleston, Berkeley, and Dorchester County area. Free toys, holiday meal baskets (including delivery to seniors) games, food, Thanksgiving Turkeys, and other help is available. Find where to apply at below for some of the free holiday and Christmas assistance 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. 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 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, but the Citadel Mall is often an application site, and address is 2070 Sam Rittenberg Blvd. Suite 716. Free games, books, Christmas toys for children, and more are available from the United States Marine Corp and volunteer driven Toys for Tots program. Bring DSS paperwork (if applicable), tax documents, proof of income, and other supporting docs. Another location is 2135 Ashley River Rd., Charleston, SC 29407, number is (843) 763-9881.

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. 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
Location is 2135 Ashley River Rd.
North Charleston, South Carolina 29405
Main number us (843) 402-5600
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.

Tricounty Family Ministries
Location is  - 3349 Rivers Ave.
North Charleston, South Carolina 29405
Main phone - (843) 747-1788
Clothes and referrals to holiday programs and financial help is offered.

 

 

 

ECCO
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. Referrals and linkage to other Thanksgiving and Christmas assistance may be offered too.

 

By Jon McNamara

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