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Free Christmas and holiday assistance Fairfax County.

Find where and how to get free Christmas gifts, holiday food boxes, meals, and Thanksgiving turkeys in northern Virginia and Fairfax County. Parents that need assistance during the holidays, such as Christmas gifts from Toys for Tots for their children or help from Angel Tree, can get help. Find free decorations, Christmas trees, food, presents or meals from a wide variety of charities, churches and non-profit organizations listed below

A number of agencies, volunteer groups and even churches across the Northern Virginia as well as Fairfax County area provide holiday help to low income families and the working poor. There are free toys for kids, children from single mom or immigrant households and others in Fairfax County VA,

The holiday programs vary in what they can provide to families, and it may range from hot meals to gift baskets and toys such as Legos, video games, dolls and more Many also offer Thanksgiving turkey dinners or vouchers to Fairfax County residents. Some of the centers may deliver a meal to a senior or elderly person, including the homebound or someone in a hospital. Or there are ways to get Christmas gifts by mail or remotely. As a result of these various services, children from Fairfax County may be able to have a present to open at Christmas.

Agencies that give free Christmas toys and holiday food baskets

Northern Virginia Family Service
10455 White Granite Drive, Suite 100, Oakton, Virginia 22124. Telephone number is (571)748-2500
Both Thanksgiving and Christmas programs are administered by the charity / non-profit organization. They are involved in collecting food, toys, clothing, vouchers and more from the region. Those items are then passed out to qualified low income families, with a focus on children and the elderly. The toys are free to those that qualify.

Britepaths (formerly Our Daily Bread)
Location is 3959 Pender Dr #200, Fairfax, VA 22030. Main phone number is (703)537-0643
A referral is needed in order to get assistance to their holiday programs. The Fairfax County Public School or the government can provide this if needed. The Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas programs they administer are a last resort. Applicants can’t be participating in any other services from another local church or charity. More information on Britepaths programs.

Annandale Christian Community For Action, or ACCA Inc.
Main address is 7200 Columbia Pike, Annandale, VA 22003. Call the non-profit at (703)222-0880 for information
Free gift baskets, food, Turkeys, and meals are offered at both Thanksgiving and Christmas time. There may be free books, clothes, Christmas stocking stuffers, matchbox or hot wheels cars, sporting goods and other presents for kids at Christmas.




Angel Tree and Adopt a Family from Salvation Army Fairfax Corps
Businesses and others from the community donate toys, clothing, games, shoes and other items. There are multiple Salvation Army centers in northern VA, as noted below. The goods are then provided for free to those that are less fortunate. The national non-profit matches low income children, infants and families with donors to assist them in receiving free holiday assistance, such as toys clothing, gift certificates, and food vouchers. They operate Angel Tree and give out free Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas food baskets from a pantry.

  • Another Salvation Army center is in Alexandria. The corps office is at 1804 Mount Vernon Avenue
    Alexandria, VA 22301. For applications, dial (703)836-2427
  • The main holiday services are at the center address is 4915 Ox Road, Fairfax, VA 22030. Main phone number is (703)385-8700
  • There are other resources too. More on assistance from Fairfax County VA Salvation Army.

Herndon-Reston FISH
Main address is 336 Victory Drive, Herndon, VA 20170. Call ((571) 267-2977
Free food baskets and meals may be served to the needy as well as canned items. It operates during both Thanksgiving as well as Christmas. There may also be small toys for children and teenagers as well as items for single moms or parents. FISH may also have clothing and other items for children from the community that qualify for help. Applications and registration is of course needed.

Ecumenical Community Helping Others-ECHO
Main location is 7205 Old Keene Mill Road, Springfield, VA 22150. Call the agency at (703)569-9160
This organization, supported by local faith congregations, distributes new games, clothing, toys and other goods at Christmas for client families with young children.  ECHO, on its own or through  local individuals or congregations, provides the groceries for families to make a festive holiday meal at Thanksgiving or Christmas.  ECHO serves a specific geographic area, but does not discriminate on any basis except for residency within the service area.

Toys for Tots Fairfax County
There are several places to donate, or to apply to pick up, free Christmas toys. They will be unwrapped. Games, books, electronics, Legos, sporting goods, clothes, tablets, and other presents are offered. This is a US Marine Corp assistance programs that helps the low income, immigrants, and military families/veterans among others. To learn more, or apply, try this.





Committee for Helping Others
The volunteer non-profit is at 133 Park St. NE, Vienna, Virginia 22180. Phone (703)-281-7614
Very limited resources. There may be free gift cards for shopping at places such as Wal-Mart or Target, food boxes, small toys or stocking stuffers for kids and other aid.

Catholic Charities churches
There are multiple parishes and churches. They help people regardless of faith, religion, age, or immigration status. Free food baskets (Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas) are offered and there are free Christmas toys giveaway programs, meals, and other goods. More on assistance from Fairfax County VA Catholic Church Charities.

Address is 11150 Sunset Hills Rd, Reston, VA 20190. For information, call (571) 323-9555
The non-profit community action agency offers many social services, one is a holiday program. There may be gift certificates, free toys, books, learning games, and clothes. They also offer grants for bills, job programs in Fairfax County, and other poverty fighting programs.

The Koinonia Foundation
6037 Franconia Road, Alexandria, Virginia 22310. Telephone: (703)971-1991
The non-profit organization may have free Thanksgiving baskets, Christmas gifts, meals, small gifts and food.

Lorton Community Action Center
Main location is 9518 Richmond Highway, Lorton, VA 22079. Main phone number is (703)339-5161
This agency may have Thanksgiving meals, turkeys, and all the toppings. In addition, free gifts, food baskets and more is for families as well as senior citizens. Referrals to this Fairfax County resource are accepted from churches, schools, the Department of Family Services, and other groups.

House of Mercy Thrift Store and Food Pantry
Location is 8170 Flannery Ct, Manassas, Virginia 20109. (703) 659-1636
Shop for low cost goods, such as electronic, furniture, Christmas or birthday toys, and other items. However there may be free canned or fresh food too, including baked goods and meat.

Cathy Hudgins Community Center at Southgate
12125 Pinecrest Rd, Reston, VA 20191. For details, call (703) 860-0676
The main program is known as Reston Elf Store. There may be free Xmas presents for families, based on donations. This can include gift cards for shopping, winter clothes or coats for kids, learning games and other items.

Department of Family Services
Location is 12011 Government Center Parkway, Pennino Building, Fairfax, VA 22035. Call 703-324-7500
They run an Adopt-A-Family Holiday Program for people on public assistance such as TANF cash aid or food stamps in Fairfax County. There may be free food, Christmas toys for kids, clothes and others goods. The holiday items depend on what is donated.





Other charities may participate in holiday assistance in Fairfax County (and city) as well. They include below. They may have free Toys for Tots applications or groceries for a holiday meal. Kids may get candy, or there are free Thanksgiving turkey dinners, clothes, and help for the unemployed or homeless.  Additional charities and churches are below.

  • United Community Ministries, 7511 Fordson Rd, Alexandra Virginia, 22306. Call (703) 768-7106
  • The Living Word, Inc. (dba as House of Praise Intn'l Church), 7406 Alban Station Ct, Springfield, Virginia, 22153. Call 703-866-4140
  • Iglesia Adventista del SÚptimo Dia - Alexandria Spanish Seventh Day Adventist, 2812 Franklin Street, Alexandria, Virginia, 22306. Dial 703-314-9188 or (571) 305-2085
  • Casa de Alabanza, 7406 Alban Station Ct, Springfield, Virginia, 22153. Main number is 571-502-0006 or (703) 866-4140


By Jon McNamara

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