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Chatham and Glynn County area free holiday and Christmas assistance.

During the holiday period, non-profits and charities step up to provide free Christmas as well as Thanksgiving assistance to less fortunate households. There may be food baskets, free Christmas presents for families, and programs such as Toys for Tots or Angel Tree. There are organizations that operate in several counties, including Chatham, Camden, Glynn, and Liberty. While many of the gift and meal programs at available the holidays are focused around the city of Savannah, there are also other programs in the area too.

The number of families seeking help this time of year is always very high. Parents want their child to have some type of gift to open Christmas morning, and these charities do their best to meet that need. They may hold toy give away sessions, operate Adopt a Family programs, and offer free Christmas holiday food baskets or Thanksgiving turkey dinners. Or there are gift cards, clothes, and many other Christmas gifts. Much of this is done at no cost to income qualified families.

When applying for help, applicants should come with supporting documentation to an agency in Chatham or another county. Christmas help is normally available in the region on a first come and served basis, so be prepared with a Photo ID, proof of income, expenses, and residency.

United Way of the Coastal Empire
Address: 135 E. Martin Luther King Jr., Blvd.
Hinesville, Georgia 31310
Main phone - (912) 368-4282
They focus on Liberty County families. There is a Christmas toy and meal donation program for children from working poor and low income households.

Lutheran Services of Georgia
6555 Abercorn Street, Suite 200
Savannah, Georgia 31405
(912) 353-8875
This Chatham County based office is involved in a number of social services fore the needy, and one is a holiday program. Everything from games to clothing, gifts, and stockings may be passed out.

 

 

 

Savannah Feed The Hungry
Main address is 4011 Augusta Road
Garden City, GA 31408
Dial (912) 349-0774 for information.
The working poor and homeless can seek help from the charity.

Toys for Tots of Coastal Georgia
Toy and gift donations from the community keep this program running during Christmastime. It is run in partnership with the Marine Corps, and applications are accepted online. Free toys are given to registered children and teens under the age of 17.

The Salvation Army Holiday Programs
The main programs include Angel Tree (for children) as well as Adopt a Family, for the entire household. Based on donations, there may be games, books, tablets, electronics, meal baskets and other holiday help. Applications are accepted for Thanksgiving meals and Christmas programs, such as Adopt a Family. Everything from financial aid to gift cards, clothing, and toys may be offered.

There are a few centers in the area, including Glynn County (2801 Norwich St, Brunswick, Georgia 31520, dial (912) 265-9381) and Chatham County (3100 Montgomery St, Savannah, GA 31405, phone (912) 651-7420). Or find free help from GA Salvation Army.

Savannah Feed the Hungry
Location is 4011 Augusta Rd
Garden City, Georgia 31408
(912) 349-0774
Clothing, holiday meals, and more is offered year round and at Christmas.

YMCA of Coastal Georgia
They use donations to run an Angel Tree program from 10 locations in the area. Address is 6400 Habersham St, Savannah, GA 31405. Call (912) 354-5480.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Union Mission
120 Fahm St
Savannah, GA 31401
(912) 236-7423
Help at Christmas is for the disabled and families in poverty. There are gift programs, social services, and other support.

Regional Society of Saint Vincent - SVDP
The charity helps the poor, low income, elderly, and others. Whether free hot holiday meals for the homeless, or baskets full of free groceries or Christmas stocking stuffers for kids, help is offered. There is also financial aid, regional toy drives, a thrift store and more. Continue with SVDP Chatham County assistance programs.

Old Savannah City Mission
Address is 2414 Bull St
Savannah, Georgia 31401
Main telephone - (912) 232-1979
The charity runs a faith based rescue mission. As part of this, there may be help at the holiday. Resources can range from gift cards to furniture, household goods, food baskets, toys, and even gently used furniture for an entire family.

 

By Jon McNamara

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