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Free Christmas and holiday assistance Dutchess County.

There are a number of places to get help at Christmas, Thanksgiving, and other holidays in Dutchess County. Low income families can get free meals, children can get free Christmas toys, and there are also boxes of groceries, turkey dinners at Thanksgiving, and more. Assistance is also given to single moms and dads as well as senior citizens during the Christmas holiday period.

Below are the main holiday assistance programs. They include Toys for Tots, Angel Tree, Adopt a Family, and more. All across Dutchess County are churches, charities, and non-profits that offer help during the holidays. Whether it is a toy for a kid, a free gift certificate, holiday meal or food box, free Christmas presents, or even referrals, there is assistance available for low income and/or struggling families.

Apply early, in the fall or early winter. As the demand is high and the toys, meals, and gifts go quickly.

Pawling Resource Center
26 East Main Street
Pawling, New York 12564
Dial 845-855-3459
They have free holiday food baskets as well as groceries for Thanksgiving and Christmas. There is also a free Christmas gift, toy, and present program known as Adopt-a-family. It also passes out free winter coats or clothes.

Salvation Army
Beacon Corps is at 372 Main Street, Beacon, NY 12508. Phone - 845-831-1253
19 Pershing Avenue, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603. Dial 845-471-1210
There are free Christmas gifts to low income children in the community. Games, books, food, financial aid, shelter, Christmas toys and more is offered as well. Hot lunches and a food pantry can also serve Thanksgiving and Christmas meals.

Potter House
Main address: 54 Noxon Street
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
Main Phone - 845-452-7484
Free food is given before Thanksgiving and Christmas from the emergency pantry. There are also toys for kids under the age of 6.





Verbank United Methodist Church
Location is 8 North Clove Road
Verbank, NY 12585
Main Phone - 845-677-5534
Free food and hot meals are delivered to seniors, the disabled and homebound at during Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. This includes bread, meat, deserts, fresh fruits/vegetables, dairy and more.

Halina Share Memorial Food Closet
3454 Pleasant Ridge Road
Wingdale, NY 12594
Main Phone Number is 845-832-6287
Needy individuals can get holiday food.

Astor Services for Children and Families
Location is 6339 Mill Street
Rhinebeck, New York 12572
They only help existing clients of Astor Services. Free wrapped toys are passed out from the Adopt a family/Child holiday program.

Toys for Tots of Dutchess County
The pickup dates are in late November through early December. Dial 211 to apply or donate. It is run in partnership with the Rochdale Fire Department 1075 Dutchess Turnpike Poughkeepsie, NY.

Saint Columba Roman Catholic Church
Address is 835 Route 82
Hopewell Junction, NY 12533
Main Telephone Number - 845-227-8380
They serve Hopewell Junction, Stormville, LaGrangeville, Poughquag, East Fishkill, and Dutchess. Tere is free food baskets.


By Jon McNamara

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