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Hawaii free holiday and Christmas programs.

Find where to get holiday assistance in Honolulu County as well as across Hawaii. Low income households can get free Christmas gifts, presents or toys for a kid, including from Angel Tree as well as Toys for Tots from US Marine Corps. Or find free Thanksgiving turkey dinners as well as holiday food boxes, including at Easter and Christmas.

Most of the holiday programs in Hawaii are focused on helping families in Honolulu. Seasonal services offer income qualified residents with a variety of assistance at Thanksgiving or Christmas. Using donations from the community, children may be given a free toy or small stocking stuffers. Seniors and others that are struggling may also receive gifts or a hot meal as well.

While there are no guarantees to receiving help at any holiday due to the demand and the donations that are needed, the charities as well as churches do their best to not turn anyone away. Of course in order to receive a present or Christmas gift, there will need to be proof of income as well as residency provided. The applications for help at the holidays most also be submitted on time, before the deadlines.

The main places to call for assistance are below. Not only may a family in Hawaii access assistance during the major holidays, but some non-profits will also offer case management services.

Family Programs Hawai'i
The non-profit runs a seasonal holiday program which may have educational gifts for children, meals for families in poverty or the homelessness, and other support. They also provide year round case management along with financial aid.

  • Address is 120 Pauahi Street, Hilo, Hawaii 96720, dial (808) 935-2876
  • A second office is at 250 Vineyard Street, Honolulu, Hawaii 96813, phone (808) 545-1130

Helping Hands Hawaii
2100 North Nimitz Highway
Honolulu, HI 96819
(808) 536-7234
A leading non-profit for Honolulu County. Low income families with children as well as single parents can apply for Adopt a Family or a turkey at Thanksgiving. This may offer clothes, toys, Christmas food baskets, and more.




River Of Life Mission
Address is 101 N. Pauahi Street
Honolulu, HI 96817
Phone number is (808) 524-7656

Salvation Army seasonal services
Kauluwela Corps - 296 North Vineyard Boulevard
Honolulu, Hawaii 96817
Telephone: (808) 521-6551
Programs include Thanksgiving and Christmas meals. The Angel Tree and Adopt a Family program also provided donated toys, presents, and food to needy families. There may be toys such as Legos or matchbox cars, or video games, books and clothes. The elderly in Hawaii also often sign up for assistance. Or apply for a free turkey dinner or gift card. Other centers are as follows.

  • 75-223 Kalani Street, Kailua Kona, Hawaii 96740, phone (808) 326-2330
  • The Kaneohe Salvation Army Corps center is at 45-175 Waikalua Road, phone (808) 235-1408.
  • Another site is at 131 Shaw Street, Lahaina, Hawaii 96761, dial (808) 661-5335.
  • Address is 91-3257 Kaualakai Parkway, Ewa Beach, Hawaii 96706, Call (808) 682-5505
  • There are other resources too, including financial aid and a free food pantry. More on Salvation Army assistance programs in Hawaii.

The Children's Alliance Of Hawai'i
Main office - 200 North Vineyard Boulevard
Honolulu, HI 96817
(808) 599-2955
The Christmas Angel Project is for abused children.





YMCA of Honolulu
4835 Kilauea Avenue
Honolulu, Hawaii 96816
Phone - (808) 737-5544
School aged children can sign up for the Christmas programs, which will help their parents acquire games, gift certificates, and more. Other meals may served too, including at Thanksgiving. The Windward YMCA is at 1200 Kailua Road, Kailua, HI 96734. Call (808) 261-0808. Another site is at 1441 Pali Highway, Honolulu, Hawaii 96813. This phone number is (808) 536-3556. Leeward YMCA support children at their location of 94-440 Mokuola Street in Waipahu, telephone (808) 671-6495

Free Toys for Tots Marine Corp program in Hawaii
The service is available in Hawaii as well as Honolulu. Children under the age of 14 can be given free toys, games, books, clothing and other items at Christmas. A number of churches as well as charities are involved in the collection as well as distribution of gifts to needy parents and kids. There are multiple application sites:

Armed Services YMCA - Pearl Harbor
1260 Pierce Street, Suite 145
Joint Base Pearl Hbr Hickam, Hawaii 96860-5005
(808) 473-3398
They only serve military families and/or veterans.





Project Hawaii Inc.
Call (808) 987-6018 to volunteer or donate or apply

There is a Christmas Wish program. Children and teens can request Christmas presents. Clothes, matchbox cars, board or video games, trucks and dolls, and many other items may be given. It relies on donations and volunteers.

North Shore Christian Fellowship
Old Haleiwa Gym 66-434 Kamehameha Highway
Haleiwa, HI 96712
For information on food, call (808) 637-6225
A free food banks is on site, and it may have Easter baskets or Thanksgiving meals with the topping. Free groceries and maybe stocking stuffers for Christmas too.


By Jon McNamara














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