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El Paso County Colorado free holiday assistance programs.

Charities, churches, and non-profits in El Paso County as well as the city of Colorado Springs provide assistance during the holidays. The amount of free food, toys, Christmas gifts offered will vary based on donations, but almost every charity will only offer holiday help to registered households. Find how to apply for Angel Tree, the free Christmas Tree Project, as well as Toys for Tots in the Colorado Springs region below.

In general, the Thanksgiving and Christmas meal or food programs are open to anyone in the county, regardless of their income. However the free Christmas gift programs are generally for either low income families or those that are in a financial crisis. But as noted, each and every el Paso County non-profit will have their own individual application process as well as eligibility criteria.

When applying for help at Easter, Thanksgiving, or Christmas, be sure to bring proof of residency, age, and income. Also the toys, clothes, and even food (such as Turkeys) are given out first come and served. So apply for assistance early at one or more of the agencies below.

El Paso County toys for Tots is offered by the US Marine Cops and local charities. The groups accept toys, games, clothes, books, money and more from the public. The free toys and Christmas gifts are then passed out to qualified, registered kids under the age of 14. More information

Tri-Lakes Cares
235 North Jefferson Street
Monument, Colorado, 80132
Main number is 719-481-4864
Residents of zip codes of 80132, 80133, 80921, 80840 and 80908 only may get free Thanksgiving & Christmas Food Baskets, turkey, meals, and similar goods.





Bob Telmosse Foundation
1045 Lower Gold Camp Road
Colorado Springs, CO, 80905
In December a small Christmas toy giveaway takes place, but families need to be there as it is first come and served and they don’t need to apply in advance.

Salvation Army Colorado Springs Corps
There are multiple free holiday programs as well as social services. Angel Tree gives free gifts or presents to children under the age of 18. There is also a free food pantry for holiday food or groceries, financial help for heating bills, shelter, winter coats and more. Various Christmas and holiday programs are offered each year. Read more on Salvation Army in El Paso County.

Locations include 908 Yuma Street, Colorado Springs, CO, 80909, phone 719-636-3891
Another site is at 5745 Southmoor Drive, Fountain, Colorado, 80817. Phone - 719-636-3891.
Or try 606 Manitou Avenue, Manitou Springs, CO, 80829. Telephone - 719-636-3891.

Christmas Tree Project
4575 Galley Road
Colorado Springs, CO, 80915
Phone - 719-799-6070
Apply for Free Fully Decorated Christmas Trees.

High Plains Helping Hands
7375 Adventure Way
Colorado Springs, CO, 80923
Dial 719-495-3123
Food and holiday meals are offered for free.





Crossfire Ministries
2120 East La Salle Street
Colorado Springs, Colorado, 80909
Telephone: 719-447-1806
Free Thanksgiving food baskets, turkey dinner, stuffing, and all the toppings are given out to the needy.

Ecumenical Social Ministries
Address - 201 North Weber Street
Colorado Springs, CO, 80903
Various assistance programs for immigrants, low income families, and others. Small Christmas gifts, holiday meals, toys for kids, and more.

Christmas Unlimited
Location is 2204 East Boulder Street
Colorado Springs, CO 80909
Main Phone - (719) 597-1821
Various seasonal assistance programs are offered. One is Christmas toys for kids in 1st grade to 12th grade. There may be games, clothes, books, electronics, and other freer Christmas toys. They also pass out school supplies.

Silver Key Senior Services
Location: 1605 South Murray Boulevard
Colorado Springs, CO, 80916
Senior citizens over the age of 60 can apply for the Bountiful Bags program.

Hillside Community Center
925 South Institute Street
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
(719) 385-7900

Public Health Department
Government office is 1675 West Garden of the Gods Road
Colorado Springs, CO 80907
For an application, dial (719) 578-3199
They are an application site only for the Christmas Unlimited Program.





Springs Rescue Mission
221 East Kiowa Street
Colorado Springs, Colorado, 80903
For hours of the meal, call 719-632-1822
The homeless, very low income and struggling can get free holiday meals (Easter, Thanksgiving, or Christmas). Kids may also be given a small present or two.

By Jon McNamara

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