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Forsyth County and Winston Salem free holiday programs.

New or gently used toys are available at Christmas in Forsyth County 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, such as a Turkey at Thanksgiving. 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.

North Carolina National Guard Family Assistance Center
Main address is 1535 Beecher Anderson Road
Lenoir, NC 28645
For information, call (800) 621-4136
Veterans and members of the military can seek help at Thanksgiving or Christmas.

Communities in Schools of Forsyth County
520 N Spring St
Winston-Salem, North Carolina 27101
(336) 397-9983
Toys may be offered for young students on local schools.




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
680 Peters Creek Parkway
Winston Salem, North Carolina 27103
(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.

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 502 N Broad St
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
(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 Pkwy
Winston-Salem, NC 27105
Dial (336) 725-1203
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 2710
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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