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Etowah County free holiday and Christmas assistance.

Less fortunate families in Etowah County can seek assistance during Christmas, the Easter holiday, and Thanksgiving as well. The programs available to them, ranging from Angel Tree to Toys for tots, can provide free Christmas toys for a child, holiday meals for an entire family, clothing, and even home delivered meals for a senior citizen. The leading charities to call to apply at for help are below.

Toys such as bikes, dolls, electronics or games may be offered. Christmas meals or food baskets at Thanksgiving are often available at the churches referenced, and they may contain a turkey or some other meat for the family. There are also charities in Etowah County that hold Christmas parties, and these allow people to drop in at to experience holiday joy with friends, family, and their peers. Applications are taken at these local Gadsden and Etowah County agencies for assistance.

Catholic Center Of Concern
Address is 612 Chestnut Street
Gadsden, Alabama 35901
Dial (256) 546-0028
A faith based charity that helps families living in poverty. Food, holiday assistance, clothing, and other support is arranged.

Etowah Baptist Missions Center
215-221 Wall Street
Gadsden, Alabama 35901
Main phone: (256) 546-2980
Applications are accepted for Thanksgiving meal baskets. There are also Christmas toys, hot meals, and more for children and senior citizens.





The Salvation Army- Gadsden and Etowah County
Main address is 114 North 11th Street
Gadsden, AL 35901
Telephone number is (256) 546-4673
The non-profit helps children under the age of 12. Small toys, meals, and other aid is provided. Applicants need a picture ID. There is also an Adopt a Family program, vouchers for buying Turkeys, gift cards, and other assistance. The low income, senior citizens and people over the age of 55 can sign up for Angel Tree program for Christmas Assistance. More information on holiday help from Etowah County Salvation Army.

Willie Jo Estes Christmas Clearinghouse
Main address: 114 North 11th Street
Gadsden, AL 35901
(256) 546-4673
A clearinghouse takes applications for local churches and charities that offer holiday help. Volunteers pass out free toys to clients.





New Destiny
Address is 201 Goldenrod Ave
Gadsden, Alabama 35901
(256) 312-8124
A major Christmas program is toys for tots. Applicants can’t get help from this program and others - no duplication. There may be free Christmas toys and presents for kids and teenagers. Clothes, games, books, bikes, electrics and other goods based on donations.

Gadsen Fire Department
They accept donations from the Toys for Santa program for Etowah County. Needy children and those from low income families or households in poverty may apply. (256) 549-4566

Hokes Bluff Lions Club
Location is 3301 Alford Bend Road
Hokes Bluff, AL 35903
(256) 492-0716
A regional volunteer organization. They help Etowah County families. Whether it is eyeglasses or a hearing aid, or toys at Christmas so kids have a present, the agency is an option.




Toys Under The Rainbow
Main address is 3700 Rainbow Drive
Rainbow City, Alabama 35906
Dial (256) 442-2511 for information.
To apply, stop in at the Rainbow City Fire or Police Dispatch office. The working poor and kids are supported around the Christmas holiday. Donated gifts are given to them from this resource.


By Jon McNamara

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