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Free holiday assistance Kent and Ottawa County.

Whether it is Christmas help needed, or assistance at Thanksgiving, a number of free holiday assistance programs operate in Kent and Ottawa County. Many of them are based in the Grand Rapids Michigan area, but they support the entire region. Find free Christmas toys in Grand Rapids MI and the county or locate presents, gifts, meals (including at Thanksgiving) and other assistance during the holiday seasons.

What the programs may offer to kids, seniors, parents, and the poor include the following:

  • Toys for Tots from many charities and the Salvation Army Adopt a Family as well as Angel Tree.
  • Free gifts including presents, games, toys, Legos, tablets, and more.
  • Food boxes that can help a family prepare a Thanksgiving or Christmas meal.
  • Christmas stocking stuffers, candy, and other free gifts.

Applications are needed well in advance. The demand in both Kent and Ottawa County is very high. Bring proof of income when applying for help at Thanksgiving or Christmas. In addition, volunteers are often needed. Note some of the assistance programs, including Angel Tree and Toys for tots in Grand Rapids MI, prevent duplication of services. So families can only get help from one agency at a time.

Santa Claus Girls as well as c/o Grand Rapids Press
Packages are given to kids from birth to 12 years old. There may be both used and new Christmas toys, books, clothing, games, spring equipment, barbie dolls and much more. All of this is given to needy children and over the years the charity has provided free Christmas presents to thousands of kids in Kent County. Working poor families on welfare in Kent County can apply earlier. Learn more-register. https://www.santaclausgirls.org/family-register/

Kent and Ottawa County United States Marine Corps Reserve - Toys For Tots
Both boys and girls can get new unwrapped toys, clothing, and other presents. Games, books, video games, trucks for boys or dolls for girls and the latest toys. Apply here. https://grand-rapids-mi.toysfortots.org/local-coordinator-sites/lco-sites/request-toys.aspx.

Flat River Outreach Ministries
Main address is 11535 East Fulton Street, Lowell, MI 49331. Telephone number is (616) 897-8260 ext. 23
A distribution program passes out a free Christmas dinner food basket. It also tries to give gifts to those under 3 years of age. What may be offered includes toys or clothes such as gift cards for teens, books, family game, socks, stuffed animals, pajamas, hats, gloves/mittens, scarves, bows, personal care products, stocking stuffers, and also free wrapping paper for the parents for more gifts.

 

 

 

United Way of Western Michigan
This is mostly a referral service. It covers the entire region, including Kent County and Ottawa. The non-profit can refer the needy to churches, charities, as well as social services for Thanksgiving meals, Christmas help, financial aid and more. Learn about Toys for Tots in Grant Rapids, Bike programs, Adopt a Family services and Thanksgiving turkey dinners. The elderly can learn about Free Meals on Wheels for holiday food or local parties.

Struggling families, single parents or individuals can get referrals. Assistance programs include Christmas Angel Tree, back-packs and school supplies, a winter and fall coat distribution, as well as free Thanksgiving turkeys or food baskets. Children, teenagers, little kids may be given free Christmas presents from charities or non-profits. More on Heart of United Way Western Michigan.

Coopersville Cares
Main address is 180 North 68th Avenue, Coopersville, MI 49404. Phone - (616) 997-8602
The charity has Thanksgiving baskets, meals, gift cards and provides Christmas gifts. They only cover the greater Coopersville School District.

United Church Outreach Ministry
Address is 1311 Chicago Drive SW, Wyoming, MI 49509. Call (616) 241-4006
There are Christmas toys, clothes, and other items for low income Kent County families. the main assistance program is a free clothing closet as well as low cost thrift store.

Salvation Army
There are locations in both counties. There is a food or grocery card for the family, including seniors or single households as well. This is also combined with financial aid, a low cost thrift store, toys or free Christmas gifts from Angel tree, and more. Also free Thanksgiving turkey dinners may be offered to seniors, the working poor, and needy. The Grand Rapids MI and regional Salvation Army has many free holiday programs, even including winter coats, Thanksgiving turkey dinners and Christmas decorations.

Holland Rescue Mission - Men's Ministries Center
Main address is 661 E 24th St Ste 650, Holland, MI 49423. Call (616) 396-2200
There is low cost Christmas store. The goods (toys, furniture, etc.) are sold at discounted prices to the public.

 

 

 

 

Love Inc – Hudsonville
Main address is 3300 Van Buren Street, Hudsonville, Michigan 49426. For information, dial (616) 662-3300
They also run a low cost holiday/Christmas store. There are free basic needs, small free birthday or Xmas toys, hygiene goods and other stuff.

Other Way Ministries
710 West Fulton Street, Grand Rapids, MI, 49504.
They have a program that allows people to work/volutneer to earn gift cards or vouchers, which can be used for free Toys. Call (616) 454-4011. This is a pay-it forward type program in which people in need, if they give back, they can get free Xmas toys, gifts, food and more for their families.

SECOM Resource Center
Address is 1545 Buchanan Avenue SW, Grand Rapids, MI, 49507.
Volunteer for free Christmas gift cards. Call (616) 452-7684. People that give back can get Christmas toys, books, games, clothes and more for their kids.

FATE Fun Again Toys for Everyone
The Grand Rapids charity normally helps a few hundred low-income families, the unemployed and others. They collect toys such as books, bicycles, arts and crafts and more and pass them out for free to children.  The email is here danniellebackus@fate-funagaintoys.com

North Kent Community Services
Main address is 10075 Northland Drive NE, Rockford, MI 49341. Dial (616) 866-3478
Social services, free food or groceries, small gifts and other goods may be offered at Easter, Thanksgiving, or Christmas (as well as year round).

Catholic Charities of Kent County and west MI
Location is 40 Jefferson Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503. Main phone - (616) 456-1443
Low-income families, single moms, immigrants and people in need can get holiday help. Free Christmas presents, gifts, games, clothes, winter jackets and more. There are free food baskets, meals at Xmas or Thanksgiving and other resources.

Baxter Community Center
Free clothing bank is at 935 Baxter Street SE, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49506. Call (616) 456-8593
Mostly clothes, but low income or working poor families can get free items at Christmas too. Shoes, small stocking stuffers, winter jacks and other year round or holiday help.

 

 

 

 

Word Of Faith Christian Center
Food pantry address is 3030 Eastern Avenue SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49508. Call (616) 827-0060
They have a free food pantry. There may be free groceries for holiday meals, including Easter, Thanksgiving, and/or Christmas as well as year round help.

 

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