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Free Christmas and holiday assistance in Fresno County.

During the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, low income families in Fresno County may be able to receive help. Find free Christmas toys or gifts for children as well as meals/food for families. Churches and charities provide Toys for Tots, Thanksgiving turkey dinners or Christmas meals, and other support. 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 for a child or immigrant, but everything tends to help at Christmas 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 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. Or apply here

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.

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.





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.

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), 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.

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.

Saint Anthony's of Padua
Church address is 5770 N Maroa Ave
Fresno, CA 93704
(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 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. 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


By Jon McNamara

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