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Free holiday assistance programs El Paso County Colorado

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, Thanksgiving dinners, 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. There may be dolls for girls, baby supplies, matchbox or hot wheels cars, Legos, video games and more. Free clothes may also be available for Christmas in Colorado Springs. More information https://colorado-springs-co.toysfortots.org/local-coordinator-sites/lco-sites/request-toys.aspx

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. Call 719-646-0896
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.

Christmas Tree Project
4575 Galley Road, Colorado Springs, CO, 80915. Phone - 719-799-6070
Apply for Free Fully Decorated Christmas Trees. There may be decorations and more as well. This free Xmas tree program can help veterans in Colorado Springs, single parents, the working poor and others.

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
3975 N Academy Blvd, Colorado Springs, CO 80917. Telephone: 719-447-1806
Free Thanksgiving food baskets, turkey dinner, stuffing, and all the toppings are given out to the needy. 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.

Family Christian Center
Address is : 1730 Briargate Blvd, Colorado Springs, CO 80920. Phone: (719) 599-0509 or (719) 636-2191
A few assistance programs are run. The main one is the free food pantry. There may be fresh holiday food baskets, including at Easter, Thanksgiving, or Christmas. Turkeys, hams, bread, desserts and other free food items.

Silver Key Senior Services
Location: 1625 South Murray Boulevard, Colorado Springs, CO, 80916. Dial 719-884-2300 or 719-884-2350
Senior citizens over the age of 60 can apply for the Bountiful Bags program.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Catholic Charities of Central Colorado and El Paso County
Various churches are part of this, and the main address is 228 N Cascade Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80903. Call (719) 636-2345
There are assistance programs, including at Christmas, for immigrants, families in poverty, women and others. Free groceries for holiday meals, stocking stuffers for kids, Christmas gift or decorations and more is offered. Continue with assistance from Catholic Charities Colorado Springs.

Hillside Community Center
925 South Institute Street, Colorado Springs, CO 80903. Dial (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
 5 W Las Vegas St, Colorado Springs, CO 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.

Additional charities, non-profits and social service centers for holiday help. Each one of these has some form of assistance in Colorado Springs both year round and at the major holidays (easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas, etc.). There may be free books, tablets, presents for kids or teens, food baskets or holiday meals for the elderly. Some take Toys for Tots application or run other programs.

  • Westside Community Center address is 1628 W Bijou St, Colorado Springs, CO 80904. Call (719) 385-7920
  • Mt. Carmel Veterans Service Center is for military members, veterans and their kids/family. The location is 530 Communication Cir, Colorado Springs, CO 80905. Call (719) 309-4714
  • Kenzi's Causes - Dial 303-353-8191. They operate statewide.
  • Resource exhange - 6385 Corporate Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80919. Call (719) 380-1100
  • Family Promise is a social service agency at 519 N Tejon St, Colorado Springs, CO 80903. Call (719) 329-1244

By Jon McNamara

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