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Durham County North Carolina holiday assistance programs.

Durham County families of all backgrounds can turn to charity programs for Christmas and other holiday help. Income qualified residents that can meet the terms and conditions in place by each organization can be provided free or low cost toys for their children, books, games, or maybe an entire holiday meal. The programs available go by many names.

At the same time an individual applies, they may also be referred to case management services for long term financial aid. This will help the low income Durham family not only make it through the Christmas holiday, but it can lead to long term success too. To learn more on the following, see below.

  • There are Angel Tree type donation services, in which the public buys a gift or clothing item for one specific child.
  • The Durham North Carolina adopt a family is when often multiple donors contribute everything that an entire family needs, such as food, Turkeys for Thanksgiving, small presents, and more.
  • DSS also partners with local non-profits on resources.
  • Senior citizens can also inquire into Christmas meal services, some of which may be delivered to them.

Rescue Mission
Address is 1201 East Main Street
Durham, North Carolina 27701
(919) 688-9641
They services free Easter, Christmas, and Thanksgiving Meals to the homeless and Durham families living in poverty. There is a major toy-giveaway, which may be the largest program in the county. If there is children living in the home, then there may be a small gift or Christmas stocking full of goodies available.

Share Your Christmas
700 W Main Street
Durham, NC 27701
Dial (919) 913-5109
They only help public aid or social service recipients. So a referral is needed. Volunteers buy toys (such as electronics, dolls or trucks), offer food, clothing, and other support at Christmas.




Community Initiatives
414 East Main Street
Durham, North Carolina 27701
For intake, call (919) 560-8000
Partners of the Christmas program range from the Volunteer Center of Durham, the Herald Sun, DSS, and local charities. The resource available to the disadvantaged is known as Share Your Christmas.

Disabled Holiday Assistance Program
Location is 909 Liberty Street
Durham, North Carolina 27701
(919) 688-7306
The blind or disabled can seek a few Thanksgiving or Christmas meal.

Volunteer Center of Durham, Inc.
700 West Main Street, Room 204
Durham, NC 27701
Main phone - (919) 613-5109
Everything from adopt a family to school backpacks and other services are available. Christmas help ranges from gifts to vouchers or food baskets.

Salvation Army of Durham
Address: 909 Liberty Street
Durham, NC 27701
Telephone number is (919) 688-7306
A thrift store and food pantry can also be used for Christmas help. The working poor, families in poverty, single parents, and other working towards self-sufficiency are often assisted at the holidays.

Southside Church Christ Food Pantry
800 Elmira Avenue
Durham, North Carolina 27707
Phone - (919) 463-5043
The charity has Holiday or Christmas Food Baskets, A senior volunteer service and Community Thanksgiving Meal, gifts for homeless children, and more.




By Jon McNamara

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