Free Christmas and holiday assistance Harris County and Houston.
Charities and churches provide help during Christmas to low income families in Houston and the greater Harris County region. There are normally tens of thousands of children that are provided a free Christmas toy, box of food or Thanksgiving turkey dinner or some other gift as part of Adopt a Family donation programs. There is also Toys for Tots in Houston, gift cards and the elderly or disabled in Harris County can have food delivered to them. In addition, low income families in Houston may receive an entire meal (at Christmas or Thanksgiving). Find where and how to get free holiday help in Harris County below.
Each charity will have an application process in place, with immigrants and Spanish speakers also assisted. The free toy and Christmas gift programs usually require families to register anywhere from August to October. Thanksgiving meals may be available much closer to that particular holiday.
Based on donation levels, children from low income families may be given free Christmas toys or wrapped presents, games, books, small electronics, gift certificates, decorations for a tree, Legos, or free clothes from charities. Parents in the Harris County area can be provided with gift cards to shop for their child and other support. The primary charities to try are below.
Organizations that give out free Christmas toys and assistance in Harris County TX
My Brother's Keeper Outreach Center
Address is 12621 Bissonnet St, Houston, TX 77099. Phone - 281-498-9933
Christmas assistance is for children under the age of 10. There are presents to open, free toys, snacks, and more.
MAM or Memorial Assistance Ministries
The address is 1625 Blalock Rd, Houston, TX 77080. Call (713) 468-4516
They have a Christmas Share program. Gifts are given across Harris County, based on what was donated to the store. Many single as well as working poor parents benefit from this service. Toys and clothing is offered on a first come and served basis from the give away program. There may be gift cards, blankets, toy trucks or cars, Legos, video games or consoles, and other items for kids from 0 to 15.
Houston Food Bank
Mailing address - 535 Portwall Street, Houston, Texas 77029. For information, call 832-369-9390
The phone hot-line can refer residents to Thanksgiving. Easter, and Christmas meal programs. The staff may also have information on Adopt a Family programs and donations.
Houston Fire Department and Holiday Outreach Program
Proof of residency and more is required. Donations allow the government agency to offer gifts for children and infants. The information name is Operation Stocking Stuffer. Up to 3 toys may be given, as resources allow. The key partner church is New Life Christian at 11249 Crown Park Dr, Houston, Texas 77067. Call 832-394-6632 for information on registration process.
Houston and Harris County free Toys for Tots
Register online. Harris County parents can be given games (video or board), clothing, gift cards, hot wheels, dolls, Legos, and free gifts for their child. Most of the gifts are brand new. Charities partner with the Marine Corps in Houston on this. The program is run by Houston children's charity at 1600 West Loop South, Suite 610 Houston, TX 77027. The main phone number is 713-524-2878. Or learn more and find applications here.
Applications to Toys for Tots, in Houston and Harris County, are above. Hundreds of companies, charities and other places give free Xmas toys, trees, clothes and more to kids each year, so that low-income families will also have holiday joy.
West Houston Assistance Ministries (WHAM)
10501 Meadowglen Ln, Houston, TX 77042. Phone - (713) 977-7803 or (713) 780-2727
Resources range from a food pantry with holiday food baskets to referrals. Gift giving programs help children, and the homebound or seniors may qualify for a home delivered meal at the key holidays.
Call 713-526-4611 or 1-866-649-5862 for information.
Free Christmas help may be offered for income qualified families. Items passed out may be games, toiletries, small jewelry and much more. There may even be aid for immigrants to from the local churches. There are several centers in Harris County, and the churches also help single moms provide holiday for their (kids), immigrants, the elderly and others.
Churches across Houston and the county try to offer struggling families assistance during the holidays. Some give families toys and others serve meals, or they just pass out groceries from food pantries. Not only may help be given at Christmas (including to legal and illegal immigrants), but they also serve Thanksgiving turkey meals for free. Find details on holiday assistance from Houston churches.
Star of Hope Mission
2575 Reed Rd, Houston, TX 77051. Call (713) 222-2220
Gifts are given to homeless families. There may even be Christmas presents. The charity has a few locations including a women shelter and the main office at 4848 Loop Central Dr. Houston, TX 77081. Dial 713-748-0700.
Salvation Army Harris county Free seasonal services
They may be the largest provider of holiday programs, including Adopt a Family in Houston. Seniors can have a meal brought to them, and thousands of children may receive a gift from Angel Tree. There may be toys, clothes, presents, games, free gift certificates and more. They also have hot Thanksgiving turkey dinners, Christmas food boxes, and more. Both children and seniors over the age of 62 in Harris County can register, provided they meet income guidelines. More information on Harris County Salvation Army resources.
Houston Children’s Charity
1600 West Loop South, Houston, TX 77027. Phone: (713) 524 – 2878
Year round programs are offered. However during the fall and winter holiday seasons there are Toy Distributions, Christmas parties, and an Adopt a Family service. They also partner on Toys for Tots as another free resource.
Christian Community Services Center
Location is 3434 Branard St, Houston, Texas 77027. Call (713) 961-3993
The Jingle Bell Express program gives out free Christmas toys, gifts, and clothes, but the store in effect allows parents to "shop" for the items. This ensures they can get what they want. All applications are in Spanish and for immigrants in Houston too. Get free Christmas or Thanksgiving food baskets, toys, Christmas decorations or stocking stuffers and more.
SVDP of Harris County and Houston
Various churches and volunteers are on site. Free birthday or Christmas toys, boxes of food, meals at Christmas or Thanksgiving, and more is offered. There can be books, games, tablets, clothes and many other goods offered. More on assistance from SVDP assistance programs.
Cypress Assistance Ministries
Address is 12930 Cypress North Houston Rd, Cypress, TX 77429. Phone number is (281) 955-7684
There is a free clothing closet for the poor, low income, working parents, and others. Immigrants can get small toys for their kids (maybe at Christmas), bikes, games, books, clothes and more.
Holiday, Thanksgiving and Christmas referrals
If the agencies above can’t help, there may be other organizations that offer free holiday assistance to low to moderate income households as well as single parents. Everything from toys to games for kids, food baskets, turkey or holiday food baskets and more is offered. There is also free Christmas toys, gift cards and other help for immigrants as well as Spanish Speakers in Harris County. Call 211 for information.
Address is 6135 Northdale, Houston, Texas 77087. Phone: 713.358.6327
The non-profit has an Adopt a Family event for Christmas season. Children from low-income, working poor, or households in poverty can apply. Get free household items at Christmas, personal toiletries, maybe some toys or gifts and other basic needs.
Faith Family Church
Location is 6500 N Main St, Baytown, TX 77521. Call (281) 837-5626
They participate in Toys for Tots (see above). Get free Christmas gift or toys, or holiday food boxes. The items are new and unwrapped.
Greater Grace Houston
10800 Scott St, Houston, Texas 77047. Call (713) 733-7100
The poor, migrant workers, disabled, lonely and homeless among others can get assistance, including at Thanksgiving or Christmas. Whether free Christmas presents, a box of groceries or holiday food (turkey, bread, ham, etc.) the charity assists the less fortunate.
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