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Dallas area free Christmas, Thanksgiving and holiday programs.

Several charities and churches across Dallas provide free holiday help, including on Christmas or Thanksgiving, to low income families. Based on donations from the community and the availability of volunteers, there may be hot meals served, free toys and gifts for children, or holiday gift or food baskets. Dallas County resources range from Toys to Tots to Angel Tree as well as free Thanksgiving dinners.

A number of local churches and organizations such as the Salvation Army do their best to ensure that children as well as seniors are able to experience some type of holiday joy. The programs in Dallas County rely on donations from the community. What this means is that local businesses, individuals, and charities need to provide items for these holiday programs. So if these other organizations do not contribute clothes, money, games, toys, or other items, then the Christmas programs will be very limited in what they can pass out and many people will be turned away. Also, the free Thanksgiving or Christmas meals served also depend on groceries and other fresh items to be donated.

Applications will need to be completed in order to receive any assistance at Christmas. The process usually starts well before the holiday begins, and many non-profits in Dallas TX will start accepting and processing them in September or even earlier. Any toys or gift baskets are also usually passed out for free on a first come and served basis, so apply early.

Lastly, the Dallas organizations focus the holiday programs on children, seniors, infants, and people in nursing homes. So they will also take priority if and when needed.

Highland Oaks Church of Christ
10805 Walnut Hl Ln, Dallas, TX 75238. Call 214-342-6060
A food pantry may have special Thanksgiving and Christmas food items, including Turkeys and the toppings. They also serve free meals to the public.

Cowboy Santas Program Inc.
Location is 3551 New York Ave, Fort Worth, TX 7611, but that also supports parts of Dallas TX. Telephone - 817-392-5790
Based on the donations from volunteers, the charity tries to provide toys, presents, games, and more to Children across the greater Dallas area. Free Christmas presents are for low income families.

 

 

 

Salvation Army Centers in Dallas
Each location will provide assistance to a limited area, with a focus on local zip codes. There may be free Christmas toys, clothing, gifts and meals. They operate holiday programs such as Angel Tree, give out free Thanksgiving turkey dinners or Adopt a Family as well, and the charity helps seniors and the working poor. Other items are provided as well.

There is also assistance for the homebound and home delivery to seniors, and the list above is only an example of the centers in Dallas County, so other locations can be contacted. More on free holiday assistance Dallas Salvation Army.

  • 5302 Harry Hines BLVD, Dallas, TX, 75235-0000. Call (214) 424-7000’
  • Another Dallas TX area Salvation Army holiday program is run from 8341 Elam Rd, Dallas, TX 75217. Phone -(214) 398-6619
  • The Salvation Army Oak Cliff is at 1617 Jefferson Blvd, Dallas, TX 75208. For information, dial (214) 941-5911
  • Salvation Army Dallas County Texas Headquartershas referrals to financial help, Adopt a family for Christmas and more. The site is 1221 River Bend Dr, Dallas, TX 75247. Telephone: (214) 956-6000
  • 451 West Avenue D, Garland, Texas 75046, main phone number is (972) 272-4531

Highland Oaks Church of Christ
10805 Walnut Hl Ln, Dallas, TX 75238. Call 214-342-6040
The parish helps the poor, low income, and less fortunate. Food, meals, small stocking stuffers for kids and more holiday hep may be offered.

Catholic Charities, Social Service Center
They will offer referrals to soup kitchen or Thanksgiving/Christmas meal sites. Many churches will also try to pass out to free gift baskets or other items to children or the elderly. Immigrants, single mothers, Spanish speaking families and others can get free Christmas gifts for kids or food baskets for the household.

  • 1421 W Mockingbird Ln, Dallas, TX 75247. Telephone - (866) 223-7500
  • Location is 4009 Elm Street, Dallas, TX 75226. Phone - (214) 826-8330

Dallas County and city Free Toys for Tots
There are a number of churches and charities that receive toys from the Marine Corps and their partners. They can then be provided to qualified low income families and their children for free. Games, books, electronics, tablets, video games, Matchbox cars, clothes and more may be offered in Dallas. A formal application process is in place. Some of the agencies that participate include the following, however each is focused on a very limited area. Many police stations in the county will also have referrals.

 

 

 

 

  • YWCA Dallas (Wings), and the phone number is 214-584-2322 or  (214) 826-9922
  • A Lift for Life Outreach Center, Inc is in Dallas County and zip code of 75215. Dial 214-367-0600.
  • Cliff Tempe Baptist Church - Goslin Opportunity Center, zip code of 75208. Phone 214-942-8601
  • Bishop Heights Civic Center, telephone 972-225-6843 or 214-304-2417
  • South Oak Cliff Baptist Church participates in Toys for Tots. The phone number is 214-371-9506, and they are based in the zip of 75216. Or try 954-829-3567.
  • Steven Temple COGIC, call 214-957-0419 or  (214) 946-9262
  • Bethlehem Foundation (zip 75232) - Telephone 214-371-3407 or  (469) 930-9795.
  • Passage of Youth, Inc - dial 214-928-9292
  • Find more details here. https://www.dfwtoysfortots.org/

There are multiple Toys for Tots application sites in Dallas (the city and County). Thousands of low income, unemployed and struggling parents get free toys, gifts, clothes and more for their kid(s). More application sites are here. https://arlington-tx.toysfortots.org/local-coordinator-sites/lco-sites/default.aspx?nPageID=100&nPreviewInd=200&nRedirectInd=3

Urban League Ministries
This Dallas County charity not only provides information on free food baskets (including at Thanksgiving, Easter, and Christmas), but they can help low income parents and single moms or dads sign up for help at Christmas. Free toys, games, clothes for kids, electronics, and more may be offered via referrals. Continue with Dallas County Urban League assistance programs.

Grace United Methodist Church
Address is 4105 Junius St, Dallas, Texas 75246. Telephone - (214) 824-2533
Various holiday assistance programs are offered to the needy, immigrants, Spanish speakers and others. Thanksgiving baskets with food or meals, small Christmas toys for boys and girls, gift cards, clothes and other Christmas and Thanksgiving programs are offered.

Community Center Social Services Program (CCSSP)
Services from the non-profit include Christmas Toy and Thanksgiving Food Project. They also have free fans for summer cooling. The site may also have referrals to other local charities that people can call upon for help around the holidays. Note that proof of income and household expenses may be needed.

  • West Dallas Multipurpose Center provides free food, holiday stuff and more in Western Dallas. Call 214-670-6530
  • The downtown and city area is covered by Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center. Intake number is 214-670-8416

Dallas Leadership Foundation
Address is 3101 Greenwood St, Dallas, TX 75204. Call (214) 777-5520
They have low cost, and rarely, free Christmas gifts. The Treasures of Hope program/store is aimed at helping struggling families in Dallas enjoy the holidays. Low cost or free clothes, games, computers, toys and more are offered.

 

 

 

 

SVDP of Dallas
Several churches and volunteers participate. Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas assistance is for both English and Spanish speakers. Meals, free clothes, Christmas or birthday toys for kids, turkeys or holiday meat, and more is offered. Or shop at the thrift store. More on Saint Vincent de Paul Dallas.

Crossroads Community Services
4500 S. Cockrell Hill Road, Dallas, Texas 75236. For referrals call (214) 560-2511
Programs include holiday help, food, clothes, Christmas celebrations or food/toys, financial aid and more. Games, shoes, small stocking stuffer and other Christmas presents.

Lighthouse Church of God in Christ
Mailing address is 2127 S. Corinth, Dallas, TX 75203. Call (214) 371-2421
A food pantry and clothing bank are on site.

North Dallas Shared Ministries Thrift store
Address is 2875 Merrell Road, Dallas, TX 75229. Call the location at (214) 358-8700
The store, which is open to the public, may have some low cost toys, games, winter coats or other seasonal items. They will be sold at low price, but tend to be higher quality.

Sharing Life Outreach
3544 E Emporium Cir, Mesquite, Texas 75150. Phone: (972) 285-5819
Resources include groceries, meals for the holidays, food baskets and more.

By Jon McNamara

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