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Hillsborough County and Tampa area free Christmas or holiday assistance.

Struggling families in Hillsborough County have access to a wide range of free Christmas and Thanksgiving programs. Whether it is a free, small gift for a child, hot meal for the holiday, or a senior citizen receiving company on Christmas day, various charities can help. Find details on Toys for Tots, Adopt a Family, Angel Tree as well as other Christmas or Thanksgiving programs. Thousands of Tampa Bay and county residents receive toys, free gifts, presents, and more each holiday season.

A majority of what is provided is the result of donations and/or Adopt a Family type programs. Another major resource in the Tampa Bay area is Toys for Tots. This means that a client will receive assistance (such as a gift, toy, game, clothes, or meal) based on what has been donated. The demand for items is always very high, so unfortunately some families may not receive what they need.

Also, Hillsborough County Florida residents should be sure to apply for holiday help early, often during the late summer or fall months. Most of the free toys or gift cards are provided first come-served to those children or parents that qualify.

The Salvation Army Tampa Bay and Hillsborough County Area
Address is 1514 North Florida Avenue
Tampa Florida, 33602
Phone number is 813-226-0055
Another location is at 1603 North Florida Avenue in Tampa Bay.
The Angel Tree Holiday Assistance is available for children. Everything from a toy to game, piece of clothing, books, and more is provided. Other resources include Christmas support for senior citizens and holiday meals served by volunteers to the homeless. They also have Thanksgiving turkeys for the low income. Registration is required. Continue with Hillsborough County Salvation Army holiday assistance.

Salvation Army Southern Hillsborough Hispanic Ministry
7409 US Highway 301
Riverview Florida, 33569
Telephone number is 813-672-8139




Boys & Girls Clubs
These are over 20 across Hillsborough County. Most offer children and teenagers holiday programs as well as youth development. If the Christmas service is not run, referrals may be given.

  • 2820 South Gallagher Road, Dover Florida 33527, dial 813-659-2800
  • Jim Walter Interbay Unit is located at 4002 South Coolidge Avenue, Tampa Bay FL, 33611, phone – 813-839-4830.
  • Nick Capitano Boys and Girls Club address - 1218 East Kay Street, Tampa FL 33602, dial 813-221-6738
  • 1307 North Macdill Avenue, Tampa Bay Florida, 33607, telephone 813-875-5771.
  • MacDill AFB Youth Center Affiliate mostly focuses on Christmas programs for children of military members. 7813 Bayshore Boulevard, Tampa Florida, 33621, call 813-828-7958

HillsBorough County Crisis Center
Referrals may be given to clients on Christmas or Thanksgiving meal or gift programs. Individuals seeking help tend to be low income. There may be free holiday programs for everyone ranging from new parents, single moms, and struggling care givers to the disabled.

As part of the service, charities give out free toys, Christmas gifts for kids, clothing, and other items. Referrals are given to everything from Adopt a Family programs in Tampa to Toys for tots and more. Churches and other groups also participate. For details, including how to apply, dial (813) 234-1234.

Metropolitan Ministries
Main center - 400 West Palm Avenue
Tampa, Florida 33602
They offer holiday assistance. Children, infants, and working poor families receive everything from a wrapped present for their child to a Christmas food basket.





Marine Toys for Tots Foundation
Tampa, FL 33611
The Forty Fifth Assault Amphibian Battalion runs this. Registration is online. The URL is at

Iglesia Transformando Al Mundo A/D
Main address is 1310 Bloomingdale Ave
Valrico, FL 33596
(813) 317-6410
They partner with USMC and other groups to provide free Christmas toys to children. There may be unwrapped gifts, books, games, tablets, clothes and more for kids as well as teenagers.

People that Love Church and Mission
Main location is 817 5th Avenue N.
Saint Petersburg, Florida 33701
(727) 820-0775
Only on Christmas even is a program run. Call to ensure available. Free toys, snacks, and holiday food is passed out to kids and some adults.

Catholic Charities of Hillsborough County
Various churches in Tampa Bay and Hillsborough County help the low income, seniors, and immigrants among others. Get free clothes or food. Holiday programs may be small toys for kids or Christmas stocking stuffers as well as Easter or Thanksgiving food baskets. Or apply for books, games, electronics, and many other Christmas programs or social services. More on Catholic Charities Hillsborough County Florida assistance programs.

Children's Home Society of Florida
Joshua House, 1515 Michelin Court
Lutz, Florida 33549
A holiday toy drive takes place.

Christian Assembly
7809 N Orleans
Tampa Bay, Florida 33604
Regardless of religion, there is free food, meals, and other support. Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas meals and food baskets may be offered. Immigrants, the elderly, and single moms often turn to the food pantry for free holiday meals.





Merchant Logo
Address is 7730 Palm River Rd #800
Tampa, Florida 33619
For information on Toys for Tots, dial (813) 520-2684
Kids can get games, toys, books, electronics, clothing, trucks (for boys), dolls (for girls) and many other free Christmas gifts.

West Central Agency on Aging of Hillsborough County
5905 Breckenridge Park Dr # F
Tampa, FL 33610
Call the non-profit at (813) 740-3888
Seniors citizens and the disabled may receive a low cost Thanksgiving or Christmas meal as well as a small gift.


By Jon McNamara

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