Clark County Washington and Vancouver free holiday assistance programs.

Single parents, children, senior citizens, and low income families in Clark County Washington can get help during the holidays. There are assistance programs that offer free Christmas toys and gifts to kids, food boxes for families, as well as services for both Thanksgiving and Christmas meals. The holiday programs are available from several places as noted below.

Each year the list of agencies that participate can change. There tend to be churches in Vancouver as well as agencies such as the Salvation Army. They can provide free Christmas presents from Angel Tree or Adopt a Family services. Other organizations that may assist range from local government municipalities (the fire and police departments) to Family Resource Centers.

Call on an agency below for help. Or donate surplus toys, unwrapped presents, or food so that the less fortunate can find help at Thanksgiving, Christmas, or another holiday.

Society of Saint Vincent de Paul
Main address is 11607 NE 87th Avenue
Vancouver, Washington 98662
Main phone number is (360) 573-7199
Volunteers make up this church based group. Among other services, they provide free Thanksgiving food baskets, serve meals, and may have turkeys for distribution too.

Salvation Army Christmas Programs
They are offered from 1500 NE 112th Avenue
Vancouver, WA, 98684
Dial the charity at (360) 448-2590
All assistance is given out first come and served. The presents, clothing, and free Christmas gifts are for parents with kids under the age of 13. A an Adopt a Family holiday program is also available, along with a food pantry, financial aid, and emergency services.





Clark County St. Vincent de Paul
Location is 2456 NE Stapleton Rd.
Vancouver, WA, 98661
(360) 694-5388
This location administers the Christmas assistance programs. There may be gifts, food baskets and gifts, toys for kids, and home delivery services for the homebound. During November timeframe this location may also provide food, groceries, and sides for Thanksgiving.

Fruit Valley Family Resource Center
Address is 3410 NW Fruit Valley Road
Vancouver, Washington 98660
Telephone: (360) 313-1904
Children from the region are the focus. Food, gifts, and other aid is given.

Main address is 1115 W 13th Street
Vancouver, WA, 98661
Telephone number is (360) 448-2121
Holiday festivals are held as well as a free Christmas dinner meal.

Additional Christmas programs in Clark County
Santa’s Posse is available, and has been operating since 1997. The Rotary Club, KinderCare Learning Centers as well as Clark County Washington Sheriff’s Office operate this. They collect food, toys, personal goods, clothing, stocking stuffers, and more. They then pass out those goods to less fortunate families in the community, and over 1000 kids are typically assisted each year.

Two other resources that provide free items at Christmas include the People In Need Program as well as Toys for Tots. They combine guidance from the US Marine Corps with new, unwrapped donations of clothing, toys, and more from the community. Both can help working poor families and other struggling households. Dial 211 for details.



By Jon McNamara

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