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Get help at Christmas and the holidays in Contra Costa County.

There are dozens of sites to apply at for Christmas gifts in the greater Contra Costa County area. Many of the charities that provide holiday help do so as part of Toys for Tots, which is the US Marine Corps sponsored program. However each agency will try to provide free toys, clothing, holiday meals or food boxes and other services to the less fortunate.

In order to receive a gift for a child, income and other conditions need to be met, such as proof of residency in Contra Costa County. There are also qualifications for meals to be delivered, such as the senior citizen or disabled person must be homebound. Other agencies and programs, such as Adopt a Family, also have eligibility criteria in place in order to get assistance during Christmas.

Whether it is a meal or a gift at Christmas or Thanksgiving, some of the primary non-profit organizations are below. Registration is needed way in advance.

Antioch Spartans Football & Cheer
2533 Crocker Way
Antioch, California, 94531

Monument Crisis Center
Main address is 1990 Market Street
Concord, CA 94520
Main phone - (925) 825-7751
Only current clients can apply for a free Christmas food basket. The agency will partner with pantries across Contra Costa County to offer meals, small gifts, and more.

Get Fit - East County Faith Based Advisory Committee
Address is 701 W. 14th St.
Antioch, California, 94509
They accept applications to Toys for Tots. Children under the age of 14 from working poor families may be assisted.





His Praise Worship Center
Location - 2200 County Hill
Antioch, California, 94509

International Christian Ministry
605 W. Madill St.
Antioch, California, 94509
Meals, small Christmas gifts, Thanksgiving food baskets, and other support is for families living in poverty.

The Rock of Brentwood
1971 Lone Oak Rd
Telephone number is (925) 634-4842
Brentwood, California, 94513

Knights of Columbus and the St Bonaventure Council
5562 Clayton Road
Concord, California, 94521
Inquiries can be made for gift and toys programs. There may be backpacks, games, clothing, shoes, Christmas stockings, and more.

Pinnacle Project
Main address is 5421 Louisiana Drive
Concord, California, 94521
Registration is allowed to Toys for Tots.

Healing Circles of Hope
Location - 6208 Cypress Avenue # 4
El Cerrito, California, 94530

Christmas for Everyone
6 Robinsdale
Telephone: (925) 228-2233
Martinez, California, 94553

Salvation Army Centers
There are several that offer holiday support and other financial aid. Adopt a Family provides Christmas toys and meals to families with children, there are Thanksgiving food boxes, and case management too. Other assistance is also run, including the Angel Tree program. In Antioch, call (925) 778-0303; Concord residents dial (925) 676-6180; Pleasant Hill office is at (925) 685-6900; and in Newark, dial (510) 793-6319.





Central County - Senior Outreach Services
Address is 1300 Civic Drive
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
Phone: (925) 937-8607
Food and meals is delivered to low income homebound residents. During the holidays, frozen meals can be provided so the individual can reheat them.
For residents of eastern Contra Costa County, their office is at 1300 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek, CA 94596. Call (925) 937-8607.

First Baptist Family Life
224 Linda Vista Ave.
Pittsburg, California, 94565
Main number - (925) 432-7498
The holiday program from this Contra Costa charity is known as Community Outreach Inc. Gifts such as board games or toys trucks, clothing, and more is available.

Radiant Life Ministries Center
89 S. Bella Monte Avenue
Pittsburg, California, 94565
(925) 709-7562
The non-profit supports the needy both during the holidays and year round.

Solomon Temple Ministries - Temple Toychest Project
655 California Avenue
Pittsburg, California, 94565
Dial (925) 439-5905 for information.

Soul'd Out Productions
1210 Stoneman Ave
Pittsburg, California, 94565
Apply for Christmas toys at this charity. Boys, girls, and teenagers can get help among others.

Vestia, Inc.
400 Ellinwood Way
Pleasant Hill, California, 94523

Men and Women of Valor
Address is 1350 Kelsey Street
(510) 255-7603
Richmond, California, 94801
Veterans, their families as well as spouses, and currently military members can get assistance.

Monterey Pines Apartments
680 South 37th Street
Richmond, California, 94804




Praise Fellowship Bible Church
5221 Central Ave Suite 100
Richmond, California, 94804
Phone: (510) 417-2889
Donations from the community as well as volunteers fed the hungry, offer gifts or Christmas toys, and other help to the less fortunate.

New Horizons Career Development Center
Address: 199 Parker Avenue
Rodeo, California, 94572

Morada de Mujeres del Milenio
Address: 2121 Vale Road #54 Vale Road #54
San Pablo, California, 94806
Immigrants, non-English speakers and others can sign up for holiday assistance, such as Toys for Tots.


By Jon McNamara

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