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Erie County New York free Christmas and holiday assistance programs.

Buffalo and the greater Erie County region is supported by charities that offer free holiday assistance. There are programs available that provide free Christmas gifts to kids, meals at Thanksgiving or Christmas, holiday food baskets or even help at Easter. Find details on Toys for Tots as well as Adopt a Family or Angel Tree in the Buffalo NY area below.

Many of the non-profits, including churches, also collect toys or presents and then provide the items for free to children from low income families. Applications will be required to Toys for Tots, a charity run holiday program or Angel Tree. The number of Erie County NY families that can be assisted is limited. For any type of Christmas toys or presents, the enrollment period will usually begin during October or November. Additional times periods for applications will be in place for other holidays.

The main non-profits that offer low cost or free toys, games, clothing, gift certificates, Legos, electronics and more for children at Christmas is below. Other services may include free meals, food boxes, the Neediest Holiday Food Program, or home delivery of items to seniors in Buffalo.

Salvation Army Christmas Program
They are part of the Western New York holiday partnership of non-profits. Free food, meals, gift certificates, winter coats and toys are available for children under the age of 12. Families applying need to be low income, living close to or in poverty or even on food stamps.

This can help the elderly, but other holiday programs for other ages include Adopt a Family, Angel Tree and more. Toys, vouchers, and more are provided by the non-profit, including both Thanksgiving and Christmas Day Dinners.

  • 278 W Ferry St, Buffalo, NY 14213. Dial (800) 728-7825
  • Address is 960 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14202. Main phone - (716) 883-9800
  • Another social service center is at 120 W Eagle St, Buffalo, NY 14202. Call (716) 855-2300
  • Or try 7000 Transit Rd, Buffalo, NY 14221. Main number is (800) 728-7825

City Mission
Address: 100 East Tupper Street, Buffalo, NY 14203. Main phone - (716) 854-8181
Both Thanksgiving and Christmas meals, with Turkeys and the toppings, are served to the needy and homeless in Erie County. They also deliver meals from a program known as Thanksgiving Express. Continue with assistance from City Mission.




Community Action Information Center
103 Wohlers Ave, Buffalo, New York 14208. Dial (716) 885-5925
Free Christmas food and meals are delivered to the disabled, seniors, and homebound.  They help the poor, minorities, single moms, and others. Employment, government grants for bills, warm winter attire, and referrals to Christmas toys and Thanksgiving turkey assistance programs. More on Erie County community action agency.

Durham Metro AME Zion Church
200 East Eagle Street, Buffalo, NY 14204. Telephone number is (716) 856-4943
A free food pantry with holiday boxes of groceries or ingredients is offered in Buaaflo NY. There may also be free Christmas stocking stuffers, candy, ornaments and more.

Eden - North Collins Food Pantry - Holy Spirit Church
2017 Halley Road, North Collins, NY 14111. Call  (716) 337-3701 or (716) 374-5683

Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd
Address: 96 Jewett Parkway, Buffalo, NY 14214. Phone - (716) 833-1151
They partner with other charities and churches in the region as part of the News Neediest holiday food program. Clothing for the holidays and a food pantry serve the low income and working poor in Erie County.

New Covenant Tabernacle
Address is 345 McConkey Drive, Buffalo, NY 14223. Telephone - (716) 877-9882

Catholic Charities Buffalo NY
Location is 741 Delaware Ave, Buffalo, NY 14209. Dial (716) 218-1400
Regardless of religion, free basic needs is offered. This ranges from Christmas or birthday toys to food boxes, clothes, and financial aid. The homeless and single mothers in Buffalo are some of the main beneficiaries of the holiday assistance.

Parkside Lutheran Church
2 Wallace Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14214. Call (716) 836-1361
Free Christmas food baskets, vouchers and small gifts or presents may be offered for children.





Western New York Toys for Tots Program
The main intake registration link that follows is the referral service for Buffalo and Erie County. it is for income qualified parents (or guardians) with children from age 0 to 14. Apply for Free Christmas toys as well as clothes, which will be new items. Many volunteers, churches, and charities participate. There may be fee winter coats, video or educational games, books, dolls, hot wheels or Matchbox cars and much more. Dial 1-888-696-9211, or apply here.

Resurrection Life Fellowship
Address: 2145 Old Union Road, Buffalo, New York 14227. Main phone - (716) 656-8995

South Buffalo Community Table
187 Southside Parkway, Buffalo, NY 14220. For details, call (716) 822-3193
A free pantry and soup kitchen may have a free Christmas & Thanksgiving dinner for families and people in poverty.

Springville Concord Community Food Pantry and Clothing Closet
62 E Main St, Springville, NY 14141. Call (716) 592-3761

Peter and Paul Parish Outreach
36 Pine Street, Hamburg, NY 14075. Call (716) 648-1725
Referrals may be offered. Also, using donations and the support of volunteers, free holiday meals, small toys, coats, and more are passed out during Thanksgiving and Christmas. They are also part of the News Neediest Holiday service.

St Christopher Parish Outreach
Location 530 Ellicott Creek Road, Tonawanda, NY 14150. Call (716) 564-9023

St Patrick Friary
Address: 102 Seymour Street, Buffalo, NY 14210. Dial (716) 856-5790
Clients that are members of this St. Patrick Pantry can also get help at the holidays, including Thanksgiving.

Union Presbyterian Church
67 Lake Avenue, Buffalo, New York 14219. Call the holiday program at (716) 823-5137
A free Thanksgiving meal served the Saturday, prior to Thanksgiving, and there is also a Christmas meal available in Buffalo.

Erie County Society of Saint Vincent de Paul
Various social services, meals, food, and holiday programs may be run by the churches. There may be free winter jackets for kids or seniors, gift certificates, small toys or stocking stuffers, even financial help. More on St. Vincent de Paul holiday help.

Parent Network of Western New York
1000 Main Street Buffalo, NY 14202. Dial (888) 696-9211
During October, they have applications for free Christmas toys. It is offered in both Erie and Niagara Counties. Children, immigrants, teens, infants and other can get a free Christmas present or gift to open.

West Seneca Food Pantry
3951 Seneca St, West Seneca, NY 14224. Call (716) 823-8376
Supports the low income in West Seneca only.

Urban Christian Ministries
Address is 967 Jefferson Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14204. Phone number is (716) 882-9472
Presents may include free clothing as well as food or groceries items for a full holiday meal. May have a small number of Christmas tress for low income households and well as toys for young children and infants.

St Adalberts Response to Love Center
130 Kosciuszko Street, Buffalo, New York 14212. Dial (716) 894-7030







Matt Urban Hope Center
1081 Broadway, Buffalo, NY 14212. Dial (716) 893-7222

Brighton Center
1225 Brighton Road, Tonawanda, NY 14150. Phone - (716) 832-4889
Emergency food, including at Christmas for clients, is available. Volunteers prepare and serve the meals, and they may also have stocking or small Christmas gifts.

First Shiloh Baptist Church
Address is 15 Pine Street, Buffalo, NY 14204. Call (716) 847-6555

Hispanics United of Buffalo
The charity is at 254 Virginia St, Buffalo, NY 14201. Phone: (716) 856-7110
Spanish speakers, immigrants, and minorities may get culture holiday meals and services. There may be Easter baskets, free Thanksgiving as well as Christmas meals (or food baskets), gift cards, and other items.

Friendship Missionary Baptist Church - Feed the Needy
Location is 402 Clinton Street, Buffalo, New York 14204. For information, dial (716) 847-1020
Meals served include Thanksgiving and Christmas. There may also be baskets of groceries available at other holidays, such as Easter.


By Jon McNamara

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