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Henrico and Chesterfield County free Christmas and holiday assistance.

Free toys, presents, games, and gifts cards may be provided across the greater Richmond Virginia area. Thanks to the work of partners across the region, and many donors in Henrico and Chesterfield County, there may be holiday assistance available for low income families.

Most of the demand comes during Thanksgiving and Christmas, so the charities try to ramp up their services to assist during those times. Thousands of children will generally be given a gift from programs such as Adopt a Family and others. There may also be meals served to families that would otherwise go without or the homeless.

The charities then also try to direct the client to long term support. So while a toy or gift may be offered for the short term, the counseling and referrals available in Henrico and other counties will lead to long term stability.

The Richmond Christmas Mother Fund is a major donation Christmas donation program in Central Virginia. It is run by the Richmond Times-Dispatch, and applications are processed by the Salvation Army (see below). There can be free gifts, toys, food baskets, holiday meals, clothing, and local transportation arranged.

Salvation Army of Central Virginia
This non-profit is involved in many of the Christmas resources that are available in the area. They may also be able to help at Thanksgiving and year round. There are generally thousands of low income families assisted. App applications are reviewed on a case by case basis. In general, the family needs to be on public aid (such as food stamps or others) and be very low income or in poverty.

They are also the intake site for Toys for Tots, Adopt a Family, Richmond Christmas Mother and other Christmas programs. Proof of income and more is needed.
Henrico area - 2 West Grace Street Richmond, VA 23220, phone (804) 225-7470
Chesterfield County - 1228 South West Street, Petersburg, Virginia 23803. Dial (804) 732-8921

Have A Heart 4 The Homeless collects food, clothing, and other items. The holiday programs are only for homeless people in the Henrico County and Richmond area. There is a give away and meal served each year as well. Referrals can be given by charities such as the Salvation Army.




Toys for Tots
The U.S. Marine Corps Reserve runs this with local non-profits. There will be new, unwrapped toys collected and then passed out to needy children and families. Applications are done online, or some local non-profits can offer referrals.

YMCA of Greater Richmond
Mailing address is 2 West Franklin Street
Richmond, Virginia 23220 
There are multiple locations in Henrico and Chesterfield. Children that use the non-profits can often participate in the holiday programs.

Eastern Henrico FISH
PO Box 38212
Henrico, Virginia 23231 
Phone – (804)257-7730
A clothing closet can sell low cost, gently used goods. There may be holiday toys, hygiene items, furniture, and more. The center depends on donations from the public at Christmas.

Good Samaritan Ministries
Address - 2307 Hull Street
Richmond, VA 23224
Telephone - 804 231-9995
Christmas programs are held for the less fortunate. Toys, gifts, meals, and other goods may be provided to young children. Other requests come from single parents and families facing a short term emergency.

The Capital Area Agency on Aging
24 East Cary Street
Richmond, Virginia 23219
Main phone number is (804) 343-3000
The Friendship Cafe is for seniors and the disabled. It will try to serve holiday meals during the right time of the year.



By Jon McNamara

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