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Free holiday assistance programs Durham County North Carolina.

Find free Christmas and holiday assistance programs for low-income families in Durham County. Residents can turn to charity programs for free Christmas toys, food baskets, hot meals and other holiday help, including free Thanksgiving turkey dinners. Learn where to get free Christmas and Thanksgiving help in Durham NC below.

The assistance programs available go by many names. Get help from Angel Tree, free toys for Tots, or Adopt a Family. Income qualified residents that can meet the terms and conditions in place by each organization can be provided free Christmas toys including books, games, gift cards, Legos, video games, dolls or maybe an entire holiday meal.

At the same time an individual applies, they may also be referred to case management services for long term financial help. This will help the low income Durham family not only make it through the Christmas, Thanksgiving or Easter holiday, but it can lead to long term success too.

  • 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. There may even be free Christmas trees for the low income.
  • DSS also partners with local non-profits on resources, including USMC Toys for Tots for kids under the age of 17.
  • 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. Call (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 or (919) 681-1835
They only help public aid or social service recipients, such as SNAP food stamps. 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.

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. A major Christmas gift and toy program is Angel Tree, and there may be games, clothes, books, Legos and more. They also provide free Thanksgiving and Christmas food baskets. The working poor, families in poverty, single parents, and other working towards self-sufficiency are often assisted at the holidays.

The blind or disabled in Durham County can seek a few Thanksgiving or Christmas meal. Find assistance from Durham County NC Salvation Army.

Several other charities, churches, and non-profits also participate in Durham County NC regional holiday Programs. They may be Adopt a Family or Toys for Tots. Or they give free food for Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas meals from a pantry, feed the homeless, and give children stocking stuffers or Christmas decorations for a tree.

  • Devine Worship Christian Center, 4003 Lady Slipper Ln, Durham, North Carolina, 27704. Phone: 919-638-7337 or (919) 638-2109
  • Feed My Sheep Of Durham Nc Inc. focuses on food and hot meals. Location is 417 Moline St
    Durham, North Carolina, 27707. Phone: 919-328-9181 or (919) 949-7073
  • Building Strong Minds Ministries has Toys for Tots application, youth mentoring, and other year round (and Xmas programs) for teens and kids in Durham County. Location is 2418 Faucette Ave, Durham, North Carolina, 27704. Call 919.698.5058 or 919-358-5790
  • Impact Community Development Corporation is another Durham non-profit. Call 919-904-1743

Toys for Tots of Durham County and City
US Marine Corps in North Carolina partners with churches and charities. There are free toys for kids from age 0 to 17. Get items such as sporting goods, video games, dolls or trucks, Matchbox cars, Barbies and more. Many single mothers and unemployed use this for help at Christmas. Apply here.





Urban Ministry
Address is 2504 N Roxboro St, Durham, NC 27704. Phone: (919) 220-8757
The faith based charity helps the poor, hungry, and elderly among others. Free groceries from a pantry, small Christmas gifts like dolls, trucks, or games for kids, gift cards and more.

Southside Church Christ Food Pantry
800 Elmira Avenue, Durham, North Carolina 27707. Phone - (919) 463-5043 or (919) 688-3535
The charity has Holiday or Christmas Food Baskets, A senior volunteer service and Community Thanksgiving Meal, gifts for homeless children, and more.

One Love Christian Church
1315 Horton Rd, Durham, NC 27704. Dial (919) 688-2163
Assistance ranges from counseling to free holiday food baskets, meals, and small stocking stuffers or Xmas gifts for the poor, homeless, and less fortunate. They also have registration for free Toys for Tots.

New Horizon Church
Location is 100 Horizon Place, Durham, NC 27705. Phone: (919) 471-6443
They run the Triangle Toy Takeaway. Kids from low-income Durham County families can get art supplies, books, games, Christmas toys, bicycles and more. It is an Adopt a Family program.

Instepp Inc
3717 University Dr Ste B, Durham, NC 27707. Call (919) 680-8000
Single mothers, immigrants and women facing DV can get help. Programs range from NEw Choices to free food, clothes, free stuff for kids (including holiday events) and more.

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