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Free Christmas and holiday assistance Henrico and Chesterfield County.

Free Christmas toys, presents, boxes of groceries and gifts cards will be provided across the greater Richmond Virginia area. Charities and churches offer holiday help, including at Thanksgiving as well as Easter. There are also free Toys for Tots programs, gifts from Angel Tree, and assistance from Adopt a Family programs. Find where to get free Christmas assistance in Richmond VA region below.

Thanks to the work of partners across the region, and many donors in Henrico and Chesterfield County, there will be holiday assistance available for low income families. Single moms, seniors, the unemployed and poor can get free Christmas toys for their kids. Get dolls, Legos, matchbox cars, arts and crafts, clothes and other free stuff at the holidays.

Most of the demand comes during the Thanksgiving and Christmas season, 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 or Toys for Tots. There may also be meals served to families that would otherwise go without or the homeless. Apply for help at the holidays at the charities in Henrico and Chesterfield County below.

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, Christmas and year round. There are generally thousands of low income families assisted, and they may be given hot Thanksgiving turkey dinner, Christmas toys, gift cards, books, games, Lego and other presents.

All applications are reviewed on a case by case basis for Angel Tree or other programs. 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 S West St, Petersburg, VA 23803. Dial (804) 225-7470.
  • The Salvation Army 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. There can be free gifts, toys, food baskets, holiday meals, clothing, and local transportation arranged.
  • There are other resources and locations too. Find Virginia Salvation Army assistance programs.

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Free Richmond Virginia region 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. Examples of gifts may be clothes, video or board games, dolls or trucks, tablets, sneakers, school supplies or education items and more. Applications are done online, or some local non-profits can offer referrals. Apply here. https://richmond-va.toysfortots.org/local-coordinator-sites/lco-sites/default.aspx?nPageID=100&nPreviewInd=200&nRedirectInd=3

YMCA of Greater Richmond
Mailing address is 2 West Franklin Street, Richmond, Virginia 23220. Call (804) 644-9622
There are multiple locations in Henrico and Chesterfield. Children that use the non-profits can often participate in the holiday programs.

Three other charities in the region may give out free Christmas toys. They are donation driven services, and what parents/children will get depends on donations. But there may be clothes, winter jackets, books, Legos, Matchbox cars, Pokemon and so much more.

  • There is also the Life and Family Foundation, and their application site is 10509 Patterson Avenue #29912, Hanover, Virginia, 23242, dial 1-888-725-4331.
  • A Toys for Tots partner agency is Atlantic Outreach Group, Inc., 2421 Westwood Avenue, Richmond Virginia, 23227, phone (804) 308-2647.

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.

 

 

 

 

Northside Outreach Center Inc
Address is 3080 Meadowbridge Rd, Richmond, VA 23222. Dial (804) 321-3181
They have a Christmas assistance program for the low-income, unemployed and struggling people in Henrico County. Get free Xmas gifts, groceries, food boxes and other items for kids and families.

Community Foundation
Main address is 3409 Moore St, Richmond, VA 23230. Main phone number is (804) 330-7400
Various social services are offered, including for the holidays. Free clothes, learning games, books, underwear and stocking stuffers or Christmas decorations.

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.

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. Call (804) 909-4090.

Chesterfield-Colonial Heights Christmas Mother
The assistance program is for seniors, the poor, and foster kids. Volunteers help collect gifts, toys and more and disburse them to needed families. Resources are limited. Learn more here. https://cchchristmasmother.com/get-help.

 

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