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Free holiday and Christmas assistance Delaware

Free holiday programs, including free Christmas toys, meals or Thanksgiving turkey dinners are provided by several agencies in Delaware. Most of the charities as well as churches that administer these assistance programs only focus on low income families from the immediate area of where they are located, but they may also have referrals. Apply for free Toys for Tots as well as the Angel Tree from the Salvation Army, Adopt a Family Christmas and holiday services, Meals on Wheels in Delaware and more.

Clients to these holiday programs include children, senior citizens, and single moms that are looking for presents for their child. The organizations try to give children, teens and infant free Christmas toys, games, books, clothes, hygiene items, and other holiday joy. Low-income families in DE can also get free holiday (Easter, Thanksgiving or Christmas) food boxes from charities.

Most of the Delaware agencies operate on the Adopt a Family model. This means that volunteers and collections occur in the community, and what is donated will be given to income qualified families. In addition to passing out items such as free toys, games, Legos, video games or books, there will also usually be Christmas or Thanksgiving meals served too. The enrollment period in Delaware will normally open up in September or October of each year, but the specifics vary.

Claymont Community Center
3301 Green Street, Claymont, DE 19703. Call 302-792-6510 or  (302) 792-2757
The non-profit runs an adopt-a-family program in New Castle County. Referrals are needed from a social worker. Christmas help runs from October through December, and the government office matches sponsors with families, children and individuals who do not have the money to pay for holiday gifts or toys.

West End Neighborhood House
710 North Lincoln Street, Wilmington, DE 19805. Phone Number - (302) 658-4171
A leading social service agency in Delaware WI. There is financial help, free food or hot meals, Christmas and holiday gifts and more. Kids can also get free winter coats, or the elderly Thanksgiving or Christmas meal deliveries among other programs.

Northeast State Service Center
Location is 1624 Jessup Street, Wilmington, DE 19802. Phone - 302-552-3500




Hockessin Community Center, Community Services
P.O. Box 393
Hockessin, DE 19707
Call (302) 239-2363 for information on the holiday adoption program.

Thurman Adams State Service Center
546 South Bedford Street, Georgetown, DE 19947. Dial 302-515-3000 for an application
Programs include Toys for Tots, free holiday food baskets, food, and furnace repairs during the Christmas time-frame. They also deliver frozen holiday meals, such as turkeys, hams, desserts, breads and more. There are also congregate meals.

Salvation Army free holiday resources
There are many locations around the state. They offer a number of social services, including free holiday assistance at Thanksgiving, Christmas, and even Easter. There is the Angel Tree program, which gives kids games, clothes, books, matchbox cars, video games or consoles and other Christmas gifts. There are free Thanksgiving dinner served in the state as well as Christmas baskets. Financial aid, food pantries, and other resources are offered too.

  • Delaware State Office is at 400 N. Orange Street Wilmington, Delaware 19801. Call (302) 472-0700
  • Salvation Army, New Castle County, Main address is 104 West 5th Street, Wilmington, DE 19801
    Dial (302) 472-0750
  • Dover Corps, 611 Forrest Street, Dover, DE 19904. Phone - (302) 678-9551. Holiday programs include Angel tree. Assistance is by appointment only. There is also financial aid, the Red Kettle fund raiser, and vouchers for meals or gifts.
  • There are other sites in the region too. Learn more, and find free Salvation Army assistance programs in Delaware.

Ministry Of Caring, Emmanuel Dining Room South - Delaware State Service Center
500 Rogers Road, New Castle, DE 19720. Dial (302) 577-2951
Free holiday meals are served to the homeless and vulnerable. Another site is at Old Asbury Church, 226 North Walnut Street, Wilmington, DE 19801. Call (302) 652-2577.

Kind To Kids Foundation
100 West 10th Street, Suite 606, Wilmington, DE 19801. Phone - 302-654-5440
Helps is for foster children, teens that ran away, and the youth. Clothes, Christmas stocking stuffers, free gifts, personal toiletries and more. There is also referrals to homeless shelters and bus passes.





Canaan Baptist Church
3011 New Castle Ave, New Castle, DE 19720. Phone: (302) 654-8818
They have a free Christmas toy giveaway event. It is first-come served and depends on donations. Parents with children, including single moms, can get free toys, books, video games, sporting goods, clothes and more.

Toys for Tots in Delaware
This is a statewide service. The US Marine Corps partners with charities, corporations and other non-profits. Kids under the age of 17 can get help. There may be gift cards, free Christmas toys, educational or learning games, books, dolls for girls or trucks for boys and so much more. Or get clothes, jackets, sneakers, sports toys and more. A number of charities and corporations in Dealware participate. Apply here.

Siegel Jewish Community Center Senior Center
Address is 101 Garden Of Eden Road, Wilmington, Delaware 19803. Phone Number - (302) 478-5660
They only hold Jewish holiday celebrations for Delaware residents of that faith.

Shipley State Service Center
350 Virginia Avenue, Seaford, Delaware 19973. Dial (302) 628-6700

Catholic Charities Churches
There are several application sites too. Everything from free Thanksgiving or Christmas baskets to soup kitchens for frozen or hot meals. Also shop at a thrift store. Get free furniture, gift cards for holiday shopping, and Christmas help for immigrants, Spanish speakers, and refugees in Delaware. More on Catholic Charities Delaware.

Delaware State Service Center
500 Rogers Road, New Castle, DE 19720. Main number is 302-622-4500
There is help for low income families, the elderly, disabled and others. Get free Christmas gifts, toys, food baskets and other goods. They help seniors, the disabled, and unemployed get year round benefits as well as help at the main holidays,

Rose Hill Community Center
19 Lambson Lane, New Castle, DE 19720. Call (302) 656-8513
Most of the Christmas programs are for senior citizens and their spouses. Meals, clothing, and delivery of holiday meals takes place too.





Pyle State Service Center
34314 Pyle Center Road, Frankford, DE 19945. Main phone - 302-732-1700

Elaina's Blessings Foundation
(302) 332-8492
They work with other non-profits to pass out Christmas gifts - new or barely used. In general, one day per year around the holiday the toys, presents and more are passed out for free.

Porter State Service Center
509 West 8th Street, Wilmington, DE 19801. Dial 302-777-2800
Free Christmas toys and presents are from Toys for Tots. They also provide referrals to meals, Christmas baskets with Turkeys and meats, and other assistance.

Neighborhood House
1218 B Street, Wilmington, DE 19801. Dial (302) 658-5404
Family Services include Adopt a Family at Christmas. Children and working poor families can get games, small toys, and presents to open under the tree from this charity. There are also meals served for members of the New Castle Community. This is a walk in service too.

Milford State Service Center
Address is 13 Southwest Front Street, Milford, DE 19963. Phone Number - (302) 424-7230

Kent/Sussex County Adopt-a-family
13 S. W. Front Street, Suite 103, Milford, DE 19963. Phone Number is 302-424-7260
There may be everything from furniture to baby supplies at the holidays. Gifts are for children under the age of 17, and they need to be in school. There are volunteers that wrap and deliver toys and presents, school supplies, personal hygiene, and even holiday furniture/decorations. This is a one time program.

Hudson State Service Center - United Methodist
69 E Main St, Newark, DE 19711, 302-283-7500
A food pantry, clothing closet and holiday gift giving program are offered.

Belvedere State Service Center
310 Kiamensi Road, Newport, Delaware 19804. Phone Number is (302) 995-8545
Children can sign up for Toys for Tots. They also offer referrals to charities, holiday food from the pantry, and more. Christmas help is for food stamp recipients too. Zip codes covered are  19707, 19804, 19808 and 19805.

Newark Area Welfare Committee
P.O. Box 951, Newark, Delaware 19715.
The program known as Needy Family Assistance has Christmas Food boxes, shoes, clothing, and more. It is run in partnership with Newark United Methodist Church. Apply here.







Kingswood Community Center
2300 Bowers Street, Wilmington, New Castle County zip code of 19802. Call (302) 764-9022
They focus on residents in NE Wilmington. Free toys, food baskets, turkey dinners, Christmas gifts and more. The unemployed, single moms or dads, elderly and others can get holiday assistance.

Appoquinimink State Service Center
The government agency is at 122 Silver Lake Road, Middletown, DE 19709. Dial 302-696-3120
The free food pantry and clothing closet have holiday meals, year round or winter clothes and food. Or clothes, hygiene supplies, books, learning games and more may be for kids from the clothing center. Or get help from public assistance programs.

Other centers may offer assistance as well, including free groceries for the holidays, Christmas tree decorations, stocking stuffers and more.. There is the:

  • Thurman Adams State Service Center at 546 South Bedford Street, Georgetown, DE 19947 for Sussex County. Dial 302-515-3000.
  • Or try the Smyrna State Service Center for Kent County, and the address is 200 South DuPont Blvd, Smyrna, DE 19977 and phone number is (302) 514-4500.


By Jon McNamara

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