Collin County free Christmas and holiday assistance programs.

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 they work is the charities accept donations from the community. Volunteers then sort the goods, whether it is a toy, food basket, clothing, 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 assistance during the Christmas period.

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.

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, and needed clothes.

 

 

 

 

Community Lifeline Center
1601 N Waddill St #102
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 Avenue F
Plano, Texas 75074
Clients are abused children.

North Texas Food Bank – Collin County
Referrals and information may be provided at 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 120 S. Central Expressway
McKinney, TX 75070
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. Games, small electronics, educational gifts, clothes, 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
1725 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
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 help. 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 - 8780 3rd St
Frisco, Texas
Call (972) 335-9495 for information.
Applicants need to live in the city. 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. https://collinco-tx.toysfortots.org/local-coordinator-sites/lco-sites/request-toys.aspx.

A Christian Food Pantry
1116 Dobie Dr #102
Plano, Texas 75074
(972) 578-5730

Minnie's Food Pantry
Address is 671 18th Street
Plano, Texas, 75074
Phone: 214-697-3911
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.

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 223 Briar Oak Dr., Murphy, Texas, 75094, Dial 214-684-6658
  • Grace Point Family Church is a Toys for Tots location. Address is 2218 Nuehoff Dr., Anna, Texas 75409. Telephone 972-658-0131
  • CMLA is at 1856 K Ave., Plano, Texas 75074. Call 469-457-0561
  • 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
  • Blue Caboose Children's Fund, 5013 Bryn Mawr Drive, McKinney, Texas, 75072. Call 228-341-0403

 

 

 

 

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
Telephone: 972-219-4302
This charity may supports parts of Collin County.

 

By Jon McNamara

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