Free holiday and Christmas assistance in Hampden County.

Children from Hampden County can get free gifts or toys at Christmas and the entire family may be given a meal. Charities across the city of Springfield region provide holiday assistance to low income families and households living in poverty. There are also Christmas programs to help senior citizens.

While each and every charity organization tries to offer a gift at the same time as a meal, sometimes this can't always be done. Therefore some organizations will only provide a box of holiday food, such as a Turkey for Thanksgiving or meal at Christmas. What is offered from each Hampden County charity depends on the amount of presents (if any) were donated and the number of applications.

Even if a Christmas toy is not offered for a child, they may be provided clothing instead. This can range from a warm winter coat to a hat or boots. This will allow the client to have some type of gift to open under the Christmas tree.

Springfield Rescue Mission
Location is 19 Bliss Street
Springfield, Massachusetts 01105
Call (413) 732-0808
Free holiday meals are served, including at Easter, Thanksgiving, or Christmas. Children from a homeless family may be given a small gift or book for Christmas too.

Catholic Charities of Springfield
79 Elm Street
Southbridge, MA, 01550
Phone - (508) 765-5936
Vouchers can be disbursed for buying holiday food, there may be toys for children, and also financial aid. Churches from Hampden contribute funds for rent and energy assistance, as well as toys and games for the holidays.

Salvation Army
There may be toys for children from the Angel Tree program. The entire working poor household can also enroll into Adopt a Family for a box of food other other presents, such as gift certificates from the Annual Toy Drive. Various other social services are run by the non-profit, such as congregate meals.





Holyoke Corps Community Center is at 271 Appleton St., Holyoke, MA, 01040. Call (413) 532-6312
The city center office has an address of 170 Pearl Street, Springfield, Massachusetts, 01105. Dial (413) 733-1518 for registration information.
12 Arnold Street, Westfield, Massachusetts, 01085. Phone (413) 568-1256

Toy for Joy – Holyoke and Springfield
Phone number - (413) 532-6312
Holiday donations are used to provide free toys and clothes for children. Proof of income and residency is required when applying for a gift.

Concilio Internacionial de iglesias la hora zero
464 Main St.
Springfield, Massachusetts, 01105
This charity is also a Toys for Tots application site. Services are also available in languages other than English, including Spanish, etc. Apply for clothes, free unwrapped Christmas gifts, and presents.

Canaan Baptist Church of Christ
Address is 1430 Carew Street
Springfield, Massachusetts, 01104
New, unwrapped gifts are collected from the public in Hampden. The items are given as holiday gifts to children from unemployed or low income households.

Open Pantry Community Services, Inc
415 State Street
Springfield, MA 01109
Phone number is (413) 737-5337
Volunteers from across Hampden County donate food and time. The charity will, using those donations, serve Thanksgiving and Christmas meals. There is also a home delivery service for the elderly and/or disabled in the city.




Lorraines's Soup Kitchen and Pantry
170 Pendexter Avenue
Chicopee, Massachusetts 01013
Phone - (413) 592-9528
Christmas meals are served to the needy.

Northeast Center for Youth & Families (NCYF)
203 East St.
Easthampton, Massachusetts, 01027
Dial (413) 529-7777
Donate toys, or parents with children can apply for gifts. The kid needs to be from Hampden County and under the age of 13.

Hermanas Misioneras del Perpetuo Socorro
Location is 117 Northwood St.
Chicopee, Massachusetts, 01013

Town of West Springfield
26 Central Street
West Springfield, MA, 01089
Telephone - (413) 263-3284
Operation Santa is only for struggling residents of the government municipality.



By Jon McNamara

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