Free holiday and Christmas help Cumberland and Robeson County.

There are several charities in Cumberland and Robeson County that provide help at Christmas. Children can be given free toys or gifts and families entire meals. There is also a focus on helping military families as well as veterans in the Cumberland County. Find places to get assistance during the Christmas and Thanksgiving holidays.

Many of the free Christmas gifts, food, clothes, toys, and other items are given by the Salvation Army and Toys for Tots. The main office is in Fayetteville North Carolina, but is provides help to both counties as well as the city of Lumberton. However there are several other local charities and churches that may also assist. The goal is to try to help every family, no matter their income, get some type of holiday joy in their life. Be sure to apply early as the programs are first come-served.

Toys for tots is a partnership of the Shawn Knisley Marine Corps League Detachment as well as local charities. There are two places that low income households can apply at for this service. Both of them are available across the city of Fayetteville, Robeson, as well as Cumberland County North Carolina. The locations are as follows.

  • DSS, Department of Social Services in Cumberland County. Address is 1225 Ramsey St, Fayetteville, North Carolina 28301. the main number to dial is (910) 323-1540. They process applications for Toys for tots, process cash aid, refer families to free food, clothing, and other gift programs.
  • Fayetteville Salvation Army, which support both counties. 220 East Russell Street, Fayetteville, NC 28301. Telephone - (910) 483-8119. They also offer a low cost thrift store, Angel Tree for additional Christmas gifts for kids, free food, and even Thanksgiving turkey dinners.
  • DSS Robeson County - 120 Glen Cowan Rd, Lumberton, North Carolina 28360. Call (910) 671-3500.

Samaritan's Purse – Operation Christmas Child
This Christmas assistance program is only for kids with parents deployed overseas. The non-profit focuses on military families. Free toys, games, Christmas gifts, electronics, clothes, and more may be offered based on donation levels.  Call 704-583-4778.





Robeson County Church and Community Center - Brighter Christmas Program
600 West 5th Street
Lumberton, NC 2835
Dial 910-738-5204
The non-profit provides free Christmas toys to low income families. A focus is on helping children who live with their grandparents. Games, toy trucks, dolls, books, electronics, gift cards, and other items may be given out. They also provide free food boxes for both Thanksgiving as well as free Christmas and turkey dinners.

All About Fitness, Inc.
Location is 45 Treetop Drive
Fayetteville, NC 28311
Main number is 318-918-8580
The program is known as Thanksgiving Boxes of Love Drive. About 50 families from Cumberland County can get a free Thanksgiving meal each year. Desserts, toppings, and other items are offered.

Fayetteville Urban Ministry offers emergency assistance, referrals to holiday help, free food boxes, and more. The seasonal programs include Thanksgiving meals, Christmas gifts, volunteers visiting the elderly and much more. Continue with Fayetteville Urban Ministry assistance programs.

Catholic Charities – Cumberland and Robeson County
The main center is at 590 Cedar Creek Road, Fayetteville, North Carolina 28312. Dial the number at (910) 424-2020
Multiple churches help the poor, lonely, and senior citizens in Fayetteville and Lumberton North Carolina. Everything from Meals on Wheels to the homebound to gifts for Christmas, stocking stuffers, and other support is arranged. They also offer shelter, a year round pantry, and other emergency help.

By Jon McNamara

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