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Free holiday programs Forsyth County and Winston Salem.

New toys, presents and gift cards are available for Christmas in Forsyth County NC for children from low income families. The holiday programs will often provide these items for free, and the gifts are often given along with a meal or basket of food, including a Turkey at Thanksgiving or meal at Xmas. There are a number of charities, churches and organizations that help low-income families, single moms, the elderly and others. Find how to get help at Christmas or Thanksgiving in the Winston Salem area, including from Toys for Tots or the Angel Tree program.

When toys are passed out, they will be either new or gently used. The items may be small electronics, books, toy trucks or dolls, Legos, video games, free gift cards, computers or stockings. The only reason these Christmas programs are available in Forsyth County is due to donations from the community, so what is offered will vary and there are no guarantees to getting assistance.

Other holiday services in Winston Salem include free Thanksgiving or Christmas meals, home delivery for shut ins or the elderly, and of course the more traditional Adopt a Family programs. A focus of these resources is on children and the elderly. More information is below.

Bible Revival Ministries
Location is 1475 North Main Street, Kernersville, NC 27284. Phone number - (336) 996-8904
Hot meals at Christmas may be combined with small toys for children. Single mothers and the working poor are major clients. Also there may be food at Thanksgiving, including turkey dinners, desserts, bread and more.

The Salvation Army Winston-Salem and Forsyth County Area
Address is 1255 Trade St NW, Winston-Salem, NC 27101. Phone - (336) 723-6366
During the holidays, there may be free winter coats, Toys from Adopt a family or Angel Tree, clothing, food, and more. There are also Thanksgiving Turkey dinners, Christmas food baskets, stocking stuffers and other free gifts. The application period is early and requires proof of income and more. In addition, Veterans and members of the military can seek help at Thanksgiving or Christmas.

Free Toys for Tots in Forsyth County
This is a partnership of the US Marine Corps, Corporations such as Wal-Mart and Target, many charities and volunteers. Children (teenager down to infant) can get free Christmas toys. Gifts are first come-served. There may be books, laptops, clothes, educational games, and many other gender specific toys for all ages. Apply here - Learn more.





Imprints for Families
Main address is 711 Coliseum Plaza Ct, Winston-Salem, NC 27106. Call (336) 722-6296

Experiment in Self-Reliance
3480 Dominion St NE, Winston-Salem, NC 27105. Telephone - (336) 722-9400
Various programs are available for working poor families that have a job. There is everything from help at the holidays, food, financial aid, and referrals to other charities.

Goodwill Industries
2701 University Parkway, Winston-Salem, NC 27115. Dial (336) 724-3621
They sell low priced toys in Forsyth County. Gifts, games, clothing, and more may be available during Christmas.

The Potter’s House Family Resource Center
Address is 1218 East 25th Street, Winston-Salem, North Carolina 27105. Phone:  (336) 724-0023
The church tries to help the less fortunate. Donations of gift cards and toys are redistributed to the needy.

There are a few other agencies that may offer either (1) free holiday food at Easter, Thanksgiving or Christmas or (2) small gifts, toys, and presents for children. Any Christmas help is the result of donations.

  • Open Door Ministries of High Point is at 400 North Centennial Street in High Point, NC 27262. Phone (336) 885-0191.
  • Sunnyside Ministry of the Moravian Church offers various services, including financial aid. There may also be Meals on Wheels, holiday food baskets, gift cards and more from 319 Haled Street, Winston Salem, NC 27127. Phone (336) 724-7558.
  • Catholic Charities of Winston Salem is made up of multiple churches. They may have free Christmas events, toys for children, clothes and more. Continue with Catholic Charities Winston Salem.


By Jon McNamara

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