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Columbus area and Franklin County free Christmas and holiday programs.

Find how to get help at the holidays in Franklin County Ohio, including free Toys for Tots, gift card, Thanksgiving turkey dinners, holiday food baskets and other support. The focus of the Christmas programs in Columbus and throughout the county is to provide free Christmas gifts, food, vouchers, or presents to low income families with children as well as other in crisis.

Another goal is to provide some form of free, hot or frozen holiday meal to the entire family, including at Thanksgiving or Christmas. Senior citizens in Columbus Ohio are also key participants in these programs. The main programs include Angel Tree, Adopt a Family, and thousands of kids are given free Toys for Tots gifts.There may be gifts like Legos, video games, sporting goods, clothes, winter coats, and more.

Restrictions have been put into place by the non-profits that run this services. There is usually an early application period for an Adopt a Family program, and the charities will also require proof of income and residency. The amount of Christmas gifts is also limited. In general, when qualified, there may only be a small toy or so given out or maybe a piece of clothing. This will really depend on the donations received.

To learn more on the Christmas assistance, call a Franklin or even Delaware County agency below. If a certain locations can't help, then they may offer referrals.

Free Toys for Tots program in Columbus Ohio area
This is available in the Franklin and Delaware County region, city of Columbus, and central Ohio. Free toys are given to children, most of which are unwrapped/new. There may be games, presents for opening under the Christmas tree, stocking stuffers, dolls or trucks, and more. For information on application sites, dial (614) 221-2255. Or apply here.

St. Vincent Family Center
1490 East Main Street
Columbus, Ohio 43205
Dial (614) 252-0731
Adopt a Family is run. Gift cards, toys, and clothing is available.




Center for Groveport Madison Human Needs
PO Box 101
Groveport, Ohio 43125
(614) 586-4017
The program only helps children and their families from the Groveport Madison School District. A gift card can buy perishable Christmas food. There is also small toys, winter coats, boots, socks, and other items. A donor wish list from Adopt a Family s used to help kids at Christmas. There may also be free stocking stuffers clothing, personal care, household items, wrapped presents or gift cards.

Byron Saunders Foundation
Address is 8260 Howe Industrial Parkway
Canal Winchester, OH 43110
(614) 554-0816
They only provide free Thanksgiving meal boxes in central Ohio, including Franklin and Delaware County. The charity will only offer Thanksgiving programs.

Matthew 25:35 Ministry
Address is 4701 Winchester Pike
Columbus, Ohio 43232
Main phone - (614) 837-5807
A free Christmas dinner is available. Senior citizens, the homebound, and disabled can request transportaion as well.

Clintonville-Beechwold Community Resources Center
Address - 14 West Lakeview Avenue
Columbus, OH 43202
For details, call (614) 268-3539

Community Kitchen
640 South Ohio Avenue
Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 252-6428
Christmas meals may be served to the homeless and Franklin families in poverty.





Additional free Christmas toys may be offered from these groups. They are all part of the charities that work with the public. The organizations in the Franklin County area are all part of Toys for Tots. Get free gifts, presents, Christmas trees, learning or video games, winter attire, matchbox cars and other items. Applications are needed from low income families, and help is first come-served.

  • Burgess House of Hope, 228 S Burgess Ave, Columbus Ohio, 43204. Call 614-563-6342
  • Linden Cleve Theater and Cultural Arts Extension Center is at 1826 Lattimer Dr., Columbus, Ohio, 43227. Call 614-966-6798
  • Zion Christian assembly is at 6930 Motts Place Road, Canel Winchester Ohio. Call 614-537-1785

Community Shelter Board
Location Location is 595 Van Buren Drive
Columbus, Ohio 43223
For applications, dial (614) 715-2545
Holiday assistance is only for shelter residents.

First Community Church
Location is 3777 Dublin Rd
Columbus, OH 43221
Phone: (614) 488-0681
The program is known as Heart to Heart. Get free Thanksgiving or Christmas food baskets, gifts, toys, games, and many other goods.

Restoration Christian Center
1570 S High Street, P. O. Box 07861
Columbus, OH 43207
Programs are only for the zip code of 43207. Toys, games, electronics and more are for the youth. Seniors may have a holiday meal delivered to them.

Gladden Community House
Main address - 183 Hawkes Avenue
Columbus, OH 43223
Clients of the Gladden Community House, such as the disabled or senior citizens, can be given Christmas food baskets.

Youth Rise Against All Odds
Address - 2900 East Mound Street
Columbus, OH 43209
Everything from toys to gloves, diapers, and clothing is passed out from the Christmas Gala event.

Inner City Ministries
Location is 846 Sullivant Avenue
Columbus, OH 43223
Free Thanksgiving and Christmas food baskets may be provided.





St. Paul AME Church - Miracle on Long Street
639 East Long Street
Columbus, Ohio 43215
Dial (614) 551-8611

United Methodist Free Store - Church and Community Development for All People
Address is 946 South Parsons Avenue
Columbus, Ohio 43206
(614) 443-1713
At most, 200 children from the zip codes of 43205, 43206 and 43207 can get new clothing, personal hygiene item or toys. Registration usually occurs during the first couple days of December.

Franklin County Churches Church
Some churches help the low income, poor, and seniors among others. A screening application process is in place. If selected, donations of toys from the community are used to provide gifts to children or families may be given a Free turkey dinner, gift cards, or something else. There may be games, toys, shoes, gift cards to Target or Wal-Mart, and other programs. More on churches in Franklin County Ohio.

First Congregational Church
444 East Broad Street
Columbus, OH 43215
Phone - (614) 228-1741
A free meal is served Christmas day. Children can take part in caroling and the holiday joy. Small gifts and household items may be given to Franklin County clients at the party.

Neighborhood Services
Main address: 1950 North Fourth Street
Columbus, OH 43201
Call (614) 297-0592
Free Christmas toys, food, Thanksgiving Turkeys and more may be offered. This is based on donation levels, and clients range from the working poor to elderly in Franklin County.

Salvation Army Angel Tree
760 Worthington Woods Blvd, Columbus, OH 43085, dial (614) 846-1884
Another site is at 3662 Karl Rd, Columbus, Ohio 43224, phone (614) 262-9611
The charity may have other sites too. Volunteers and charities donate to Angel Tree, which may offer children toys or families food. Other services are run too. Find more information on holiday help, Christmas toys, and financial aid from Franklin County Salvation Army assistance programs.

Open Shelter
1 East Mound Street
Columbus, Ohio 43215
For information, call (614) 222-2885
Christmas assistance from Ho Ho Hope for the Holiday ranges from games to toiletries, winter clothes, gift cards, and small toys.







Westside Free Store Ministries
clothing bank address is 61 South Powell Avenue
Columbus, OH 43204
Phone - (614) 351-5480
There may be small toys, furniture, winter attire, and more. This is a free year round center in Franklin County, but Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas items, books, and more may be offered.

Stowe Mission of Central Ohio
Location is 888 Parsons Avenue
Columbus, Ohio 4320
An annual Christmas toy giveaway occurs. Lower income parents, including single moms, can shop for what they need for their children.

United Methodist Children’s Home Family Services
1033 High Street
Worthington, OH 43085
(614) 885-5020 ext 562
Christmas gifts may be available for foster children.

Volunteers of America
Address is 1776 East Broad Street
Columbus, OH 43203
Phone: (614) 253-6100
Shelter or transitional housing residents or the homeless can get a winter coat or gloves during the winter or holiday time-frame. They may also have Christmas assistance for veterans and their family members.

Mt. Vernon Avenue AME Church
Location is 1127 Mount Vernon Avenue
Columbus, Ohio 43203
Dial (614) 253-4323
A free Thanksgiving meal is served. Delivery may be arranged to the homebound, sick, and elderly.

Central Community House
Only supports zip codes of 43205, 43206, 43209 or 43213
1150 East Main Street
Columbus, OH 43205
(614) 252-3157
The holiday program is called Firefighters for kids. Christmas help is available for children under the age of 14 that register and meet conditions in place. Free food, toys, gifts, gift cards to Wal-Mart, and more are provided to children. Donors need to provide goods per the wish list, and Columbus Ohio churches may set up a given tree.

Catholic Charities in Columbus Ohio
A number of assistance programs, ranging from financial to food, clothes, Christmas or holiday and more are offered. Small toys, gift boxes, food or meals for single parents, and more may be given out. Children may be given a warm winter coat, games, electronics, dolls or trucks, and other goods based on donations Continue with Catholic Charities Columbus Ohio.

Broad Street Presbyterian Church
760 E Broad St
Columbus, OH 43205
(614) 221-6552
They help the poor, single moms, and low income (among others). A free food pantry is on site. They also give small Christmas presents to clients (as resources allow).





Firefighters 4 Kids
There are many application sites in the Franklin County and city of Columbus area. There may be free toys for children under the age of 14. Registration is needed for a Christmas gift. Resources of this holiday program are limited.

  • Barnett Community Center - 1184 Barnett Road, Columbus, Ohio 43227, dial (614) 724-0100
  • North Side Neighborhood Pride Center is an application site. Address is 248 East 11th Avenue, Columbus, OH 43201. Call (614) 724-1900.
  • Neighborhood House - 1000 Atcheson Street, Columbus, OH 43203, telephone (614) 246-2029.
  • Community Development for All People is located at 946 Parsons Avenue in Columbus. Phone (614) 445-7342.

St. Stephen's Community House
The main address is 1500 East 17th Avenue
Columbus, OH 43219
Call (614) 294-6347
Holiday food baskets for a Thanksgiving or Christmas meal are offered. They also offer toys, winter clothing, presents, and more as part of Firefighters for Kids, as the charity is a registration site.


By Jon McNamara

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