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Free holiday and Christmas assistance programs in Las Cruces and Dona Ana County.

Dona Ana County residents have several ways to get free Christmas toys, Thanksgiving or Christmas meals as well as other forms of holiday assistance. Charities, churches, and non-profits across the region, including in Las Cruces, help families and children have a joyful holiday by holding parties, providing Christmas gifts or free presents and more.

The assistance is available for immigrants (both legal and illegal), Spanish speakers, migrant farm workers, and others. Anyone who needs a Christmas toy for their child or gift card, or some type of gift to open Christmas morning, may get help. There are also holiday meal boxes at Thanksgiving and other seasons. Find more details, and how to apply, for free holiday help in Dona Ana County or other area. Boys, girls, teenagers, and households living in poverty in Las Cruces and the county can get help with Christmas needs.

The Salvation Army of Las Cruces/Doņa Ana County
1590 California Avenue
Las Cruces, New Mexico 88001
Phone number is (575) 524-1044
The leading social service agency and they offer the most holiday support. The faith based church helps anyone in need. Free food; Christmas toys and gifts from Angel Tree; Thanksgiving turkey distribution; financial aid; clothes as well as other help is arranged. Find more details on free holiday programs from Salvation Army in Dona Ana County.

Las Cruces U.S. Marine Corps Reserves Toys for Tots
Eligible kids under the age of 16 can get new, unwrapped toys. The items are gender specific (so boys and girls). Call 211 to find an application site. There may be books, tablets, shoes, toy trucks, dolls, and many other gifts given.

Las Cruces Coats for Kids at Southern New Mexico Community Action
3880 Foothills Rd
Las Cruces, New Mexico 88011
Main Phone: (575) 527-8799
Thousands of kids will get free jackets, boots, coats, and winter gear each year.





Gospel Rescue Mission
PO Box 386
Las Cruces, NM 88004
Telephone: (575) 523-7727
Many holiday programs are offered, with a focus on the homeless including children. There is a Christmas Shoe Box project for children. Most of the Christmas help is free clothes, winter coats, and food/hot meals.

St. Vincent de Paul of St. Genevieve Parish
Address is 100 S. Espina St.
Las Cruces, New Mexico 88001
Call 575-526-2656
Most of the help is for low income seniors, but others can apply. Free clothes, groceries for a Thanksgiving or Christmas meal, and many toys may be given out too. St. Vincent assists with spreading holiday joy with free gifts, presents, and other aid to the elderly and working poor.

By Jon McNamara














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