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Free holiday and Christmas assistance in Hampden County.

Children from Hampden County Massachusetts 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, including at Thanksgiving, to low income families and households living in poverty. Find how to apply for Toys for Tots, Angel Tree, or the various Adopt a Family Services in the Springfield region. 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. Other charities or churches in Hampden County may give free gift cards for shopping at Christmas, clothes, electronics, or other toys. 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 10 Mill St, Springfield, MA 01108. 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. Immigrants, the elderly, working poor and unemployed can be given free Xmas gifts, clothes, games, Legos, electronics and more.

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. There are also free Thanksgiving turkeys or Christmas food boxes for low income households or the elderly. 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.
  • Another center for holiday and year round help is at 223 E Main St, Westfield, MA 01085. Phone (413) 568-1256
  • Learn more on, and find Salvation Army programs in Springfield Massachusetts area.

 

 

 

Toys for Tots of Hampden County and Springfield
This assistance programs is run by many charities as well as churches throughout the county, in partnership with the US Marine Corps, local businesses, and volunteer donors. Children, both boys and girls, can get free Christmas toys, clothes, or gift cards. There may be clothes, video games, dolls, tablets, books, learning or board games, trucks or matchbox cars and more. Apply here. https://westernmass.toysfortots.org/local-coordinator-sites/lco-sites/default.aspx?nPageID=100&nPreviewInd=200&nRedirectInd=3

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.

West Springfield Park & Recreation Department, The Operation Santa Committee, and Parish Cuboard
Multiple organizations partner on this. They help kids (boys and girls) from low income families/those living in poverty get Christmas gifts. It is for kids age 15 and under. Businesses, residents and other donate toys, gifts, and funds to help children have a nice holiday. Call (413) 263-3284

Canaan Baptist Church of Christ
Address is 42 Hobart St, Springfield, MA 01104. Call  (413) 739-5053
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. Programs include a free food pantry, meals, stocking stuffers and more

Open Pantry Community Services, Inc
2460 Main St, Springfield, MA 01105. Call (413) 737-5354
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.

 

 

 

 

Council of Churches of Western Mass
32 Hampden St, Springfield, MA 01103. Call (413) 781-6104
The working poor, single moms or dads and others can get year round or holiday free. Free Easter baskets or meals,. turkey dinners, small gifts or presents for kids and more. They also help the elderly in Hampden County or lonely experience holiday joy. More on assistance from Western MA Council of Churches.

Iglesia Apostólica Cristiana de Bethsaida, Inc. - Monte De Santidad
454 Main St, Holyoke, MA 01040. Call (413) 533-2878
Christmas and holiday resources are offered. A major focus is on immigrants and Spanish speakers. Cultural holiday events, meals and gifts.

Centro De La Familia Cristiana
10 Dickinson St, Springfield, MA 01108. Dial (413) 219-2250

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

Several other charities and/or churches in Hampden County offer free holiday help. There may be free food or groceries, including Turkey dinners. Or get small toys, applications to Adopt a Family programs, gifts, Christmas Trees and more. Some are part of Toys for Tots as well.

  • Greater New Life Christian Center, 1323 Worcester St, Indian Orchard, MA 01151. Phone: (413) 209-9820
  • Urban League of Springfield, Inc. focuses on the Black, Brown, and minority community. The main address is 1 Federal Street, Springfield, Massachusetts, 01105. Phone number is 413-262-1429
  • Springfield Family Support Programs is a non-profit based at 18 Gaucher Street, Springfield, Massachusetts, 01109. For applications, dial (413) 733-7699 or 413-896-1446
  • Church Of God,  377 Appleton St, Holyoke, MA 01040. Call (413) 533-6371
  • Multicultural Community Services has cultural meals and gifts for the immigrant and Spanish speaking community (among others). Charity is at 260 Westfield Rd, Holyoke, MA 01040. Dial (413) 534-3299
  • Springfield YMCA often has applications to holiday assistance, including Toys for Tots, at 1500 Main St, Springfield, MA 01103. Phone: (413) 739-6951

 

 

 

 

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.

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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