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Free Christmas and holiday assistance in Fresno County.

Find how low income families in Fresno County can get assistance during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday seasons. Charities and churches pass out free Christmas toys to kids, provide holiday food baskets, give gifts to the elderly and other support. Learn how to apply for Toys for Tots, the Angel Tree as well as Adopt a Family from the Salvation Army and other charities.

The assistance varies. There will be free Christmas toys or gifts for children as well as meals/food for families. . Other people in need tend to be senior citizens or the homebound in Fresno CA, 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, Legos, dolls, sporting goods and stockings. It may just be one or two free Christmas presents for a child or immigrant, but everything tends to help at the holiday and it will give a child something to open.

There may also be free meals served at Thanksgiving (including turkeys) 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 Economic Opportunities Commission
1920 Mariposa Mall, Fresno, CA 93721. Call (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.

The Salvation Army Free HolidayPrograms
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), Angel Tree to volunteers bring holiday meals to the home bound as well as elderly. Children and teenagers can get free Christmas gifts, toys, games, school items and more. Or a free Thanksgiving dinner is offered. Continue with free holiday help Fresno County Salvation Army.




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. the main number is (559) 222-6561
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.

Fresno Poverello House
412 F St, Fresno, California 93706. The main number is (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.

St. Anthony Mary Claret
Location is 2494 S Chestnut Ave, Fresno, California, 93725. Dial 559-255-4260
A free clothing bank is on site. There may be clothes (including for Christmas), small toys, games, books, and other items. Low income families, immigrants, and the elderly in Fresno can get holiday help.

Fresno County free Toys for Tots - United Way/U.S. Marine Corps
A number of charities and corporations participate in this to help kids from age 0 to 14. The Christmas program may offer free games, toys, clothes, hygiene items, matchbox cars, video consoles, and other supplies. Kids from struggling households, low-income families and single parents can get free Christmas gifts, presents and more. A formal application/registration process is required for this campaign. Or apply here





Assistance League
Main office is at 4771 N Blackstone Ave, Fresno, CA 93726. Call (559) 226-4001
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.

Saint Anthony's of Padua
Church address is 5770 N Maroa Ave, Fresno, CA 93704. Phone (559) 439-0124
Th Project Santa program is run. Kids, including immigrants, can get free Christmas books, educational or other games, clothes and more. Families can be given free food baskets at Christmas or Thanksgiving as well as personal hygiene supplies.

Rescue Mission
Location is 181 E Sierra Ave, Fresno, CA 93710. Call (559) 440-0870
The homeless can get a meal, and a Christmas program is for children living in poverty. There are also free holiday meals for migrant workers including Xmas gifts. Small toys, stocking stuffers in Fresno County, and other holiday items may be offered.

Fresno County Saint Vincent de Paul
Many assistance programs are available. A low cost thrift store, Christmas help for minorities or immigrants, clothes, and more help is offered. There are also free gift cards, Easter, Christmas, and Thanksgiving groceries. More on SVDP Fresno County.

NorthPointe Community Church
Address is 4625 W Palo Alto Ave, Fresno, California 93722. Phone: (559) 276-2300
Low cost (not free) items are offered at the  Christmas Toy Store. Parents can buy games, books, electronics, dolls, toy trucks and more. The toys and gifts are sold at a reduced price to needy parents.

Mt Olive Baptist Church
Address is 101 W Clinton Ave, Fresno, CA 93705. There is only a food pantry. Call (559) 228-1880

United Way Fresno and Madera Counties
The address is 4949 E Kings Canyon Rd, Fresno, CA 93727. Referrals are given. Call (559) 244-5710
The non-profit partners with churches, charities, and non-profits in the region. Fresno CA families in need can get information on free Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas assistance programs. Food, clothes, Christmas or birthday toys for kids or teens, Christmas tree decorations and other support is given.





Central California Food Bank
4010 E Amendola Dr, Fresno, CA 93725. Call (559) 237-3663
The Feeding America food sites has information on free holiday food baskets, meal sites, and other groceries for struggling households.


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