El Paso County Texas free Christmas and holiday assistance.

Whether at Thanksgiving, Christmas, or another holiday, there is assistance for less fortunate El Paso families. Children can receive free gifts from Adopt a Family or Angel Tree programs. There may also be entire meals served by some charities or churches, including at Thanksgiving. More information on the toy and food programs in the community are below.

Donations are used from the community to fund these Christmas programs. There are new or gently used items collected by local non-profits, charities, and businesses. This ranges from toys to games, gift cards, clothing, and educational supplies such as books. Then, during the appropriate holiday, volunteers from the El Paso County Texas charities will pass out the items to income qualified families.

Most of the assistance is for children and senior citizens in the community. They are often the focus of the staff at the non-profits, as this want these groups to experience some type of joy at Thanksgiving as well as Christmas.

Candlelighters Donation Center
Location is 8409 Lockheed Dr # 25
El Paso, Texas 79925
Phone to donate - (915) 594-3349
Children with cancer can receive gifts, clothing, small toys, and more.

The Child Crisis Center
2100 N Stevens St
El Paso, TX 79930
Main phone - (915) 562-7955

Salvation Army - Abundant Living Faith Center
Address: 4100 E Paisano Drive
El Paso, Texas 79905
Telephone - 915-544-9811
An annual toy give away occurs in December of Each year. There are also adopt a family programs, holiday meals delivered to the elderly, and other services. There is also a Thanksgiving turkey meal.





El Paso County Sheriff’s Office “Santa with a Badge”
Businesses conduct toy drives for the community. For more information on how to apply, dial 211 for referrals.

Operation Santa Claus
1123 Baldwin
El Paso, Texas
Free Christmas gifts, bikes, and presents are for children. A priority is on military families. Then other children that are part of charities such as the YMCA may also get a holiday toy.

Toys For Tots of El Paso
The donation program relies on businesses and members of the community. Toys, gifts, clothing, games, and more may be provided for free. Clients range from single parents to the working poor and families in an emergency. The Marine Corps also are a key partner. The application URL is https://el-paso-tx.toysfortots.org/local-coordinator-sites/lco-sites/request-toys.aspx

Sacred Heart Church
Address is 602 S Oregon St
El Paso, Texas 79901
Telephone: (915) 532-5447
They have an annual, free Thanksgiving meal for struggling families and the homeless.

The El Paso Civic Center
Meals are served at Thanksgiving and Christmas time from this location.

St. Vincent De Paul
Churches that are part of this charity provide basic needs. There is a thrift store which Rio Grande area families can shop at for low priced toys or clothing. Referrals are also given by the volunteers from the El Paso charity. Find more details on St. Vincent programs in El Paso.




Referral Line
Other churches and charities in El Paso County give free Christmas toys, Thanksgiving meals, presents, and other holiday help. There are giveaway events, free Christmas events or parties for immigrants and Spanish speakers, free games, and more. For more details and information on these holiday assistance programs, call 211 for referrals.

The Raindrop Foundation
1445 Bessemer Dr
El Paso, Texas 79936
For information, call (915) 633-8853


By Jon McNamara

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