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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 area as well as city of Fayetteville. Find places to get assistance during the Christmas and Thanksgiving holidays, including Toys for Tots program from USMC and Angel Tree applications.

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. the Salvation Army also participates.

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.

Operation Blessing of Fayetteville
Address is 1337 Ramsey Street
Fayetteville, North Carolina 28301
This is a volunteer run organization with, among other services, a free food pantry and clothing bank. As part of this, there may be Thanksgiving or Christmas food baskets, Adopt a Family for toys or gift cards, Turkey dinners and more. Low income families, Native Americans, Military families and others can apply for free Christmas gifts, toys, games, books and more.





Fayetteville Salvation Army, which supports Cumberland and Robeson
Location is 220 East Russell Street
Fayetteville, NC 28301
Telephone - (910) 483-8119
Holiday programs include Toys for Tots and Angel Tree. They also offer a low cost thrift store. There will be free Christmas gifts for kids, free food, and even Thanksgiving turkey dinners. Dolls, trucks, video games, legos and other Christmas help is offered.

Catholic Charities
Main address is 726 Ramsey St.
Fayetteville, NC 28301
For information, call 910-424-2020
Various churches are part of the regional diocese. Free food, gifts and more.

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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