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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 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, 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 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
4209 Samuell Blvd
Dallas, TX, 75228-0000
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 541 North Main Street
Fort Worth, Texas 76164
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

  • 10805 Kingsley Rd., Dallas, Texas, 75238-2331, 214-342-6040
  • 5302 Harry Hines BLVD, Dallas, TX, 75235-0000
  • 451 West Avenue D, Garland, Texas75046, main phone number is (972) 272-4531

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.

Catholic Charities, Brady Social Service Center

  • Location is 4009 Elm Street, Dallas, TX 75226, (214) 826-8330
  • 4906 Bonnie View, Dallas, Texas 75241, dial (214) 376-2560

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.





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, 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, and the phone number is 214-584-2322
  • A Lift for Life Outreach Center, Inc is in Dallas County and zip code of 75215. Dial 214-367-0600.
  • Goslin Opportunity Center, zip code of 75208. Phone 214-942-8601
  • Ladies of Charity in Dallas. Call 214-821-5712. For families and children in the zip codes of 75223.
  • Bishop Heights Civic Center, telephone 972-225-6843
  • 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.
  • Steven Temple COGIC, call 214-957-0419
  • Bethlehem Foundation (zip 75232) - Telephone 214-371-3407
  • Passage of Youth, Inc - dial 214-928-9292
  • Find more details here.

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
(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.

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
(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
(972) 285-5819
Resources include groceries, meals for the holidays, food baskets and more.

By Jon McNamara

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