Free Christmas and holiday assistance in Fresno.

During the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, low income families in Fresno County may be able to receive help. Non-profit organizations as well as charities provide free toys for children and items for infants. Other clients tend to be senior citizens in Fresno, and they often request a hot holiday meal as well as companionship with their peers or a volunteer.

What exactly is provided depends on donations as well as what the family's wish list is. But examples of the Christmas items in Fresno County may be games, small electronics, clothing, toys, and stockings. It may just be one or two presents, but everything tends to help at Christmas and it will give a child something to open.

There may also be meals served at Thanksgiving or food baskets at Christmas with the ingredients needed to prepare a meal. Those are just some examples of what may be offered during the holidays.

Fresno County Toys for Tots - United Way/U.S. Marine Corps
For registration details, dial 1-866-559-4211
The Christmas program may offer free games, toys, clothes, hygiene items, and other supplies. A formal application/registration process is required for this campaign.

Fresno County Economic Opportunities Commission
1920 Mariposa Mall, Suite 300
Fresno, CA 93721
(559) 263-1000
Low income families with children can get referrals to Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas programs. Donations may be offered from resources such as Sanctuary's Making Spirits Bright. There may be stockings, gifts, toys, food baskets, and more. EOC also tries to help senior citizens.

St. Anthony
The church is at 2494 S Chestnut Ave
Fresno, California, 93725
Dial 559-255-4260 for intake.
The charity may sell gently used clothes, games, and more to struggling or working poor. Some families may be given vouchers at the holiday.




Catholic Charities Churches of Fresno
149 N Fulton St.
Fresno, California, 93701
Telephone - 559-237-0851
Festive parties, toy give away, and other holiday programs are run. People can sign up, regardless sf religion or faith. The unemployed, immigrants, struggling families, single parents and homeless are all typical clients.

Calvary Chapel of Fresno
3425 E. Shields Ave.
Fresno, CA 93726
Free Christmas toys, hygiene items, clothes, and more is for the youth under the age of 14. The Fresno County program is known as Operation Christmas Child.

Marjaree Mason Center
Main office is  at 1600 M St
Fresno, CA 93721
(559) 237-4706

Fresno Poverello House
412 F St
Fresno, California 93706
(559) 498-6988
Toys are usually given out, first come and served, on Christmas day. There may also be a meal service. The Transitions Children’s Services will only support families and children that the non-profit has found to be qualified and they work with. Donations from the public are used to offer help during the holidays.

The Salvation Army Seasonal Programs
Main office is at 1854 Fulton St.
Fresno, CA 93721
Dial (559) 233-0139
The community has ways to give to the less fortunate in Fresno County. When it comes to seeking assistance, programs range from Adopt a Family (for toys or gift cards) to volunteers bring holiday meals to the home bound and elderly.




Assistance League
Main office is at 1854 Fulton St.
Fresno, CA 93721
Dial (559) 233-0139
Their “Operation” programs may bring meals to shut-in, offer free Christmas toys (such as bears or trucks) to children that were impacted by violence, and other families can shop at the thrift, or boutique store. So there are various resources in Fresno County that families can use to make their holidays special.

Rescue Mission
Location is 315 G St
Fresno, CA, 93706
The main number is 559-237-4118
The homeless can get a meal, and a Christmas program is for children living in poverty.

By Jon McNamara

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