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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, 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 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. 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.
  • 12 Arnold Street, Westfield, Massachusetts, 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

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 Street, Indian Orchard, Massachusetts, 01151. Phone number - 413-330-1982
  • Canaan Baptist Church of Christ is based at 1430 Carew St., Springfield Massachusetts, 01104. Programs include a free food pantry, meals, stocking stuffers and more. Phone 413-222-1933
  • 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 413-896-1446
  • Church Of God, 375 S Elm St., Holyoke, Massachusetts, 01040. Telephone is 413-221-6087
  • Multicultural Community Services has cultural meals and gifts for the immigrant and Spanish speaking community (among others). Charity is at 260 Westfield Road, Holyoke, Massachusetts, 01040. For intake, dial 413-204-6163

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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