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Free Christmas and holiday programs in Dauphin County and Harrisburg.

Low income families in Dauphin County can apply for free assistance programs at Christmas as well as Thanksgiving. There are several charity organizations as well as churches that provide free Christmas toys in the Harrisburg area, clothing, holiday meals (including at Thanksgiving), and other help at the holidays.

Of particular focus is on assisting households that have young children or senior citizens in the home or apartment. When there is a child, the goal is to provide some type of Christmas joy to that individual. A major program to do that is Toys for Tots in the Harrisburg area as well as Adopt a Family .The Salvation Arm yin Dauphin County also operates Adopt a Family programs for single mothers, the working poor, and struggling families.  As no teenager or young child should go without do to the struggles of their parents.

The application period is usually during the fall. Whether free turkey dinners, Christmas gifts, presents, gift cards or toys such as Legos or Matchbox cars, help is offered. The name of the Christmas assistance programs in the Harrisburg as well as Dauphin County area go by Angel Tree, Adopt a Family, or others. In any case, some type of gift or meal may be provided, often for free.

Salvation Army Harrisburg Citadel Corps
Address is 506 S 29th St, Harrisburg, PA 17104. For information, call 717-233-6755
People need to apply in person around September or October. Free meals, Christmas gifts for children under the age of 16, toys, games, and more are provided. There is also a gift card donation program. The Angel Tree is offered as well as Adopt a Family in Harrisburg.

Halifax United Methodist Church
105 Wind Hill Drive, Halifax, PA, 17032. Call 717-896-8092
During Christmas, stocking with treats or small gifts may be combined with a turkey meal for parents.

Full Gospel Evangelistic Ministry of Harrisburg
Address: 3405 N. 6th Street, Harrisburg, PA, 17110. Phone - 717-221-0490
Holiday programs in Dauphin County range from toys for tots, family education at Christmas parties, and emergency food.

Volunteers of America Community Service
Location is 2112 Walnut Street, Harrisburg, PA, 17103-2436. Dial 717-236-1440
Low income families with children can apply for Christmas toys or Operation Backpack. Senior citizens and the homebound may have a volunteer drop in at Christmas or Thanksgiving to bring a meal or companionship.




Neighborhood Center of the United Methodist Church
1801 North Third Street, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, 17102-1801. Call 717-233-6541

Hershey Food Bank & Community Outreach
Address of program - 120 East Derry Road, Hershey, Pennsylvania, 17033. Telephone - 717-520-3143
The non-profit partners with churches to offer Thanksgiving and Christmas food baskets. There are also free gift certificates to pay for clothing, toys, items such as dolls for girls, board games, and other presents.

Upper Dauphin Human Services, Inc.
Referrals are given on a case by case basic to personal items (such as holiday programs), fuel programs, furnace repairs, Thanksgiving or Christmas meals, and more. They try to ensure kids get free Christmas gifts, books or games, including those from disabled or single parent households in Harrisburg PA.

  • 295 State Dr, Elizabethville, PA 17023. Dial (717) 905-2700
  • Another location is 727 Main St, Lykens, PA 17048. Dial (717) 453-9352

YWCA Greater Harrisburg
1101 Market Street, Harrisburg, PA, 17103. Call 717-234-7931
Shelter residents, including women or children, can get holiday food, clothing, career advice, and other support.

Lourdeshouse Maternity Home Catholic Charities
120 Willow Road, Suite A, Harrisburg, PA, 17109. Main phone - 717-412-4865
The charity only supports new parents, including single moms. Furniture, Christmas clothing, winter coats, toys, baby items, and other aid is offered.

Dozens of Churches are part of HELP Ministries. They give free Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas food boxes. Children may be given small toys or stocking stuffers too. Read more on HELP Ministries assistance programs.

Free Toys for Toys Program in Harrisburg and Dauphin County
Children, teenagers, low income families and others can register for free Christmas toys, games, books, and more. Several charities participate. They collect new, unwrapped toys, gift certificates, and Christmas presents and give them to qualified kids. Kids from age 0 to 14 may get books, educational or video games, shoes, Legos, dolls, hot wheel care and more. Application sites include Jesucristo Es La Respuesta, North 17th Street Church of God, Mission of Mercy and others. Learn more.

Capital Area Dream Center
Address is 2400 North 6th Street, Harrisburg, PA 17110. Dial (717) 448-7259
A once a year event is offered in which children from ages 0 to 12 can get free Christmas toys or families food boxes.





Estamos Unidos de PA
The mailing address is PO Box 60709. Harrisburg, PA 17106. Call 717-608-0444
Applications for Easter, Thanksgiving, or Christmas help are offered in English and Spanish. The main program is called United We Stand. Free winter coats, Christmas gift cards or presents, games, clothes and more. The also have cultural, holiday experiences in Dauphin County.

Black Girl Beauty of Harrisburg
They give free Christmas toys, gifts, games and more to low-income families in Dauphin County that are on public assistance / social services. Get free clothes, food boxes, stocking stuffers or Xmas decorations and more, based on donations. Toddlers to teens can get help. Register here.

Full Gospel Evangelistic Ministry of Harrisburg
Location is 3405 North 6th Street, Harrisburg, PA 17110. Call (717) 221-0490
The focus is on inner city of Harrisburg PA. Holiday help, toys, books, clothes and more.

All You Can Inc
The charity is at 1201 South 19th St in Harrisburg, PA. Call 717-602-6936

Christian Churches United
413 South 19th Street, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, 17104. Telephone number - 717-238-2851
The Dauphin County charity offer referrals to area Christmas resources, food pantries, holiday Meals on Wheels programs, and other services.


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