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Free Christmas and holiday assistance programs Collin County.

Churches, charities, and non-profits across Collin County Texas offer free holiday assistance, including Christmas toys or gifts, to struggling families, including Spanish speakers. Whether the household is facing a crisis, unemployed, low income, or living in poverty, there may be free Christmas gifts for a child or a hot meal for the entire family, including at Thanksgiving. Get assistance from Toys for Tots, Angel Tree from the Salvation Army, or adopt a family among other resources. Programs are available at other key holiday events as well.

How the programs work is the charities accept donations from the Plano, McKinney and entire community. Volunteers then sort the goods, whether it is a toy, food basket, clothing, video games, dolls for girls or another gift. Then, for those families that apply and are accepted into one of these holiday programs, the items are given to them for free.

The focus of the organizations is on helping children, senior citizens, and the vulnerable. People of any religion or background can apply. Thousands of residents in Plano, Collin County, and the city of McKinney Texas will normally receive free presents, holiday meal baskets or Thanksgiving turkeys or other assistance during the Christmas period. Or find additional sources of free toys.

CASA of Collin County
Address is 101 E. Davis Street, McKinney, Texas 75069. Phone – 972.529.2272
Neglected children and those impacted by abuse may be given help at Christmas. If the mother was a victim, they can enroll too. There may be free gifts cards for Wal-Mart or Target, clothing, hats, small toys, and other holiday assistance.

Community Lifeline Center
1601 N Waddill St, McKinney, TX 75069. Dial (972) 542-0020
An adopt a family program operates at Christmas. Generous members of the community “Adopt” a local Collin County family or senior citizen. They buy food, gifts, and more for them. There may be shoes, clothes, games or books for kids, gift certificates and other holiday help. Immigrants and the working poor can apply too, with services in Spanish too.

Hope's Door Christmas Donation Drive
Mailing address: 860 F Avenue, Plano, TX 75074. Phone: (972) 422-2911
Clients are abused children.




North Texas Food Bank – Collin County
Referrals and information may be provided at 1-214-269-0906 or 1-855-719-7627
Hundreds of local charities serve as feeding sites. They try to provide special holiday meals (at Thanksgiving and Christmas) or free food baskets. Some of the partner sites may also have vouchers to buy groceries, small Christmas presents for a child, and more.

Children and Community Health Center - Community Health Clinic
Location is 4510 Medical Center Dr Suite 204, McKinney, TX 75069. Phone (972) 547-0606
They may give away inexpensive toys, based on what has been donated. Both adults and children that use the clinic services may be provided items.

Salvation Army
The Collin County centers run an Angel Tree program as well as Adopt a Family. Games, small electronics, educational gifts, clothes, Legos, sporting goods and more may be provided. They also operate other social service programs for the region. In addition, free turkey dinners are passed out as well as Easter baskets and stocking stuffer gifts at Christmas. Find more information on Collin County Salvation Army.

The Samaritan Inn
1514 North McDonald Street, Mckinney, TX 75071. Only supports people living at the Inn. Dial (972) 542-5302
There is only help for individuals and families living at the Inn. The Samaritan Inn distributes holiday food boxes to those in the community who are in need.

Leatherneck Club of North Texas
A focus is on holiday help for veterans and their kids, including free toys, Legos, matchbox cars, games and more. Call the Collin County agency at 972-495-1261. They are part of Toys for Tots. New, unwrapped gifts, games, clothing items, and Christmas presents are given for free to children from working poor/needy households.





Vietnam Veterans Foundation of Texas
(214) 351-1303
Veterans, including the disabled as well as homeless, can get hel from the Collin County charity. There is everything from housing to applications to government aid, Thanksgiving meals, scholarships, Christmas programs, and more. Veterans, their spouses and children can apply for help.

Frisco Family Services Center
Location - 9111 Dogwood St, Frisco, TX 75034. Call (972) 335-9495 for information.
Applicants need to live in the city of Frisco. A low cost thrift store is on site. Staff offer referrals, and there may be vouchers to income qualified residents so they can obtain free Christmas gifts.

Toys for Tots of Collin County
Non-profits partner with the United States Marine Corps Reserve in northern Texas to offer this service. Parents need to apply at a local social service center or online. There may be unwrapped toys for a boy or girl, and Christmas goods for infants or teenagers too. Get books, tablets, electronics, video games, clothes, computers, dolls, trucks, legos and other Christmas gifts as well.  Apply here.

A Christian Food Pantry
741 S Sherman St, Richardson, TX 75081. (972) 578-5730
Free Easter, Thanksgiving, or Christmas food boxes. There may be groceries, ingredients, small meals, turkey dinners and more. Children may be given small stocking stuffers or Christmas tree decorations.

Minnie's Food Pantry
Address is 671 18th Street, Plano, Texas, 75074. Phone: 214-697-3911 or (972) 596-0253
Not only may free holiday food basket (Thanksgiving, Easter or Christmas) be offered, but they also give kids and teenagers free toys. Clothes, gifts, and other items can be obtained from this Collin County pantry as part of Toys for Tots.

Collin County Committee on Aging - Meals on Wheels
Main phone: (972) 562-6996
Caregivers or a homebound elderly resident can stop at a meal site, or request a frozen holiday box of food. A small donation is requested to keep this volunteer service operating.

Society of Saint Vincent de Paul of Collin County
There are multiple churches with many volunteers. They help the low income, unemployed, seniors and others during the holidays. Everything from free groceries to stocking stuffers, Christmas presents, clothes, and free toys are passed out at Christmas. More on SVDP Collin County free holiday assistance.

IMPACT Community Based Programs
Location is 5700 Scruggs Way, Plano, Texas 75024. Phone: 314-285-2291
A wide ranging social service agency. They help the poor and unemployed, including at the holidays. Whether free Christmas toys or a gift certificate to shop for food at the grocery store, or small stocking stuffers or financial help, items are offered.







Additional gift, present and holiday food box programs in Collin County
Collin County regional toy distribution charities are listed below. Many partner with other assistance programs, such as Toys for Tots. There are free Christmas gifts for teenagers or children, immigrants, single mom led homes and others.

  • Divine Tabernacle Bible Church is at 2165 W Park Blvd, Plano, TX 75075. Dial (214) 545-8804
  • Grace Point Family Church is a Toys for Tots location. Address is 2412 Leonard Ave, Anna, TX 75409. Dial (469) 237-4129
  • CMLA, or Centro Misionero Latino Americano, also helps immigrants and Spanish speakers in Collin County. Address is 1856 K Ave, Plano, TX 75074. Call (469) 277-8865
  • Saint Arbor Community Center address is 25631 Smotherman Road, Frisco TX, 75033. Call 903-238-3794
  • All Community Outreach address is 801 E. Main Street, Allen, Texas, 75002. Dial 972-727-9131
  • Plano Texas Christmas Cops and Santas - They may give out free toys to children that they have encountered throughout the year. Other non-profits in Plano, such as the Salvation Army, may refer a family to this program, but there is no direct intake line. Try calling 211 for details. There may also be winter coats, hats, sporting goods, books, and needed clothes.

Assistance Center of Collin County
900 18th St, Plano, TX 75074. Main phone - (972) 422-1850
They offer referrals and direct support. ACC can provide free Christmas gifts using partnerships with churches and non-profits, serve Thanksgiving meals, offer financial aid, clothing, and more. They also have information on regional Human Services in the region.

Christian Community Action
200 S Mill St, Lewisville, TX 75057. Main number is (972) 221-1224
This charity may supports parts of Collin County. Whether applying for Toys for Tots or another Adopt a Family program, help is offered.


By Jon McNamara

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