Dauphin County free Christmas programs.

Low income families in Dauphin County can apply for assistance at Christmas. There are several charity organizations as well as churches that provide free toys, clothing, meals, 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. As no teenager or young child should go without do to the struggles of their parents.

The application period is usually during the fall. The name of the Christmas assistance programs in the Harrisburg 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 1122 Green Street
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, 17102
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.

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

Full Gospel Evangelistic Ministry of Harrisburg
Address: 101 N. Cameron Street
Harrisburg, PA, 17101
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

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.
20 Clearfield Street
Elizabethville, PA, 17023
Main phone - 717-362-3321
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.

YWCA Greater Harrisburg
1101 Market Street
Harrisburg, PA, 17103
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
Harrisbug, 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.

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.


By Jon McNamara

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