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Cleveland area holiday and free Christmas assistance.

Find holiday help in the greater Cleveland Ohio metropolitan area. Charities or churches provide needy and low income families with free Christmas toys, gifts, meals, and other items, including at Thanksgiving as well. The goods are often donated by people in the community, and many local churches as well as charities operate the Christmas programs as well as Toys for Tots or Angel Tree.

Items are offered across the counties of Cuyahoga, Ashland, Holmes, Geauga, Lawrence, Allen, Medina, Portage, and Wayne County. Children can get gifts, the elderly may qualify for a home delivered meals, and the homeless can also stop by for help. The groups try to spread the Christmas, or other holiday joy, to as many people as possible.

Resources are limited, and the programs depend heavily on donations. Please contribute toys, games, food, money, or items if you can. As the free Christmas or Thanksgiving assistance programs help many low income families provide help to their kids during the holidays.

City of Bay Village Department Of Community Services
300 Bryson Ln.
Bay Village, Ohio 44140
(440) 899-3409
The Caring and Sharing program may pass out vouchers to qualified families. They can use them to buy food for Thanksgiving or Christmas, and there may also be holiday and other types of Christmas food baskets passed out.

Community Mission Outreach
Location is 3748 State Rt. 7
Chesapeake, OH 45619
(740) 867-6628
Hundreds of Christmas baskets are passed out. They may have small gifts, food, toys, and meals as well. Much of the help provided is in the form of free Christmas food.




City Mission Church
Address is 710 N 5th St.
Ironton, Ohio 45638
Main phone - (740) 532-5041
Free toys, food, and other items are for children from low income and poor families.

Community Services Center
Location is 655 N Broadway
Medina City, OH 44256
(330) 725-4690
The Christmas Adopt a Family Program matches families with donors. There may be toys, Thanksgiving baskets and Christmas meals. Even those Cleveland area families who are not matched can still get toys from Community Services.

Holmes County Share-a-Christmas
Millersburg, OH 44654
(330) 674-4438
Holmes County children can get toys and other holiday presents. There may also be winter coats, boots, and clothing for children and the youth.

City Of North Royalton Office Of Aging/Human Services of Cuyahoga County
13500 Ridge Rd.
North Royalton, OH 44133
Main phone - (440) 582-6333
Senior citizens, the disabled and elderly can get help. Hot meals, company, holiday food baskets, and other Thanksgiving or Christmas programs are offered.





Salvation Army - Maiwurm Service Center
401 W High St.
Orrville, OH 44667
(330) 683-3138
Runs the Angel Tree program in Wayne County Ohio. Toys, gifts, meals, food, and more items are available.

New Hope United Methodist Church
Main address is 111 Township Rd. 1130
Proctorville, OH 45669
(740) 886-5311

Rittman Community Christmas Basket Program at United Methodist Church
211 N Metzger Ave.
Rittman, OH 44270
(330) 925-4015
Christmas baskets are available.

Medina County Salvation Army
Location is 527 College St.
Wadsworth City, OH 44281
For information, dial (330) 335-2327
The non-profit provides free holiday assistance to families in need. There may be coats for family members, holiday food baskets, items from the toy shop, or games.

Salvation Army centers in Cleveland area
There are multiple locations. Assistance programs include Angel Tree as well as Adopt a Family. There are also free Thanksgiving turkeys passed out, free games, books, or Christmas toys for kids, clothes and more. Thousands of families get help each year. More on Salvation Army free holiday help Cleveland Ohio.

Lutheran Social Services Of Northern Ohio
622 Center St.
Ashland, OH 44805
(877) 741-3331
The charity runs Adopt a Family in Ashland County Ohio. A leading faith based group in the Cleveland area.

Autism Society of Greater Cleveland
Brecksville, OH 44141
(216) 556-4937 Voice
Holds a holiday party for people or children with Autism.

Centers For Families and Children - Food Center At Brookside
Main address is 3802 Pearl Rd.
Cleveland, Ohio 44109
Call the Cuyahoga County agency at (216) 749-4295





Doylestown United Methodist Church
153 Church St.
Doylestown, OH 44230
(330) 658-9101
They run a program known as Share a Christmas.
Another Wayne County location of this Christmas program is run from 24 S Portage St., Doylestown, OH 44230, (330) 658-9101

Marine Corps League - Toys for Tots
The Christmas programs provide free, new toys for children. Each child who qualified from the region will receive at least one toy during the holidays. There are clothes, shoes, video games, winter coats, books and many other Christmas gifts offered.

  • 820-B W. Lafayette Rd., Medina City, OH 44256, dial (330) 723-2229
  • 232 Northland Dr., Medina City, OH 44256, call (330) 722-7166
  • 210 Northland Dr., Medina City, Ohio 44256, call (330) 722-7166

There are multiple ways to apply. They are here.

Greater Cleveland Food Bank
This non-profit assists multiple towns and counties. Whether Ashland, Cuyahoga, Wayne, Geauga, or nearby counties, help is offered. Free Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas food baskets, mets, turkey dinners, frozen food and more. The regional non-profit works to feed low income families, seniors and the needy during the holidays. Continue with Greater Cleveland Food Bank assistance programs.

Loudonville United Methodist Church of Ashland County
Address is 124 N Market St.
Loudonville, OH 44842
Call (419) 994-4939
Bikes may be provided for qualified children at Christmas time.

Adopt A Family Association
Address is 5753 Chevrolet Blvd
Parma, Ohio 44130
Phone: (440) 882-6600
They run a free Adopt a Family program. Donations from the community help low income children. Games, books, electronics, dolls for girls, toy trucks, and other presents. Parents can also get free groceries, ingredients for holiday meals and other goods.

Christians in Action
Location is 25615 Bagley Rd
Olmsted Falls, OH 44138
For information, call (440) 954-4140

People to People Ministries
Address is 454 E Bowman St.
Wooster, OH 44691
(330) 262-1662
The non-profit charity has free Christmas gifts, clothing and toys for youth.







Free toys for youth and Tots are offered at some of these charities. The items are based on what has been donated. Referrals may be given too.

  • Reviving Hope Ministries (address 19225 Stafford Avenue, Maple Heights, Ohio 44137, call 440-462-9134)
  • The Harvard Square Center (13510 Harvard Ave, Cleveland, Ohio, 44105, phone 216-438-0893)
  • Greater United Church of God In Christ (Address is 2682 E. 93rd Street, Cleveland, Ohio, 44101, phone 216-502-0172)
  • Garden Valley Neighborhood House (address is 7100 Kinsman Road, Cleveland, Ohio, 44104, phone 216-681-7622)
  • Deeper In God Ministries (address is 14624 Puritas Ave #301, Cleveland, Ohio, 44135 phone 216-609-5388)


By Jon McNamara

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