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Free Christmas and holiday help in Rankin, Hinds, and Madison County.

There are several non-profits, charities and churches to apply at for holiday help in the Hinds County Mississippi region. Most of the assistance provided is at Christmas, and this is when the organizations will give free toys to children, small presents, and other Christmas gifts. The charities, which cover Rankin and Madison County in the city of Jackson MS, also run the Angel Tree as well as Toys for Tots program or provide free food at Thanksgiving or other holidays, such as Easter.

Each of the organizations will require the parents of the child to register. Or if the applicant is a senior citizen, then they too can request a free meal. For Thanksgiving, the registration period is usually during September or October, and the Christmas programs also accept applications around then.

Help is also generally offered first come and served. This is when the largest number of toys, games, books, clothing, free food or groceries and more is available for the kid. If a parent needs a toy or clothing for their child to have on Christmas morning, apply early. Or look here for options on food for free.

Children’s Educare Preschool
Address is 5555 Robinson Road Ext. Jackson, MS 39204. Call (601) 922-8060
They are a member of the Toys for Tots program. Low income families can register for free, unwrapped gifts for their child. Donations are also accepted by residents of Hinds County.

Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Mississippi and Canton
Address: 337 N Union Street, Canton, Mississippi 39046. Phone - 601-855-0001
They support families and children in Madison County. Christmas meals, holiday parties, and small toys are available.

Central Mississippi Free Toys for Tots
This program covers the entire region, including Jackson MS city and suburban area, Hinds County, Madison, Rankin and others. Children can get free toys such as Legos, tablets, clothes, shoes, trucks or dolls, video games, books, and more. Christmas gifts, small presents, and other items may be passed out by volunteers, based on what was donated. The underemployed and families in poverty often apply. Apply here.




Fresh Start Christian Church
Location is 5240 Manhattan Rd., Jackson, MS 39206. Call (601) 362-1818

Catholic Charities of Jackson Region
Various churches participate and cover all counties in the metro area. Seasonal help, such as free Easter, Thanksgiving or Christmas food baskets are offered. There are clothes, small stocking stuffers for kids, furniture, and gift cards or financial help. They assist the poor, single mothers, elderly and others during the holidays, regardless of religion. More on Catholic Charities Hinds County area.

Northtown Child Development Center
21 Northtown Dr., Jackson Mississippi 39211. Call 601-978-1999
Both Hinds and Rankin County families can apply here.

Salvation Army
110 Presto Lane, Jackson, Mississippi 39206. Main phone is (601) 982-4881
The holiday programs include Adopt a family for meals or toys, Thanksgiving turkeys, and more. Case management is also combined with the assistance provided. There are stocking stuffers for kids, free Christmas decorations, Thanksgiving meals, toys for kids from age 0 to 14 and other holiday help. More on Jackson Mississippi holiday help from Salvation Army.

New Gethsemane Church - Ray’s Chapel
Location - 220 Magnolia Rd., Jackson, MS 39213. Telephone number - (601) 922-0610 or 601-421-0836
The faith based charity may have food boxes and Christmas gift registration. Toys, dolls, items for a stocking, shoes, games, and more may be fir children under the age of 13.

The Good Samaritan Center
Location is 114 Millsaps Ave, Jackson, MS 39202. Call (601) 355-6276
For struggling families, in which parents are on path to stability (working, job training, college, etc) there may be free Christmas toys, holiday food boxes, groceries and other stuff. The goal of the charity is to help parents provide Thanksgiving, Christmas and holiday help to parents on a decent path.

One Accord Community Church
The location is 110 Scottdale Dr Jackson, MS 39212. Dial 601-372-7112 or Phone: 601-372-7112
They participate in Christmas programs. Volunteers keep it stocked with gifts to the best of their ability.





Stewpot Community Services
1100 W Capitol St, Jackson, MS 39203. Call (601) 353-2759
They provide holiday meals only, including home delivery to the disabled and elderly in Jackson. Children may be given free small Christmas toys, games, books, clothes and more. Everyone from the unemployed to single moms or homeless can get free support.

Florence City Hall
203 College St., Florence, Mississippi 39073. For information, call 601-845-2462
If the Rankin County family is on welfare/food stamps, they can register for Toys for Tots here.

Apostolic Restoration Ministry
1020 W McDowell Rd, Jackson, MS 39204. Call (601) 373-4970 or 601-954-0352.
They have applications for Toys for Tots, Christmas games, clothes, toys and more. Get new unwrapped presents for qualified kids from age 0 to 14.

Fountain of Life Church
7546 S Siwell Rd, Byram, MS 39272. Call (601) 371-1513 or 601-850-6733

New Vision Church
Location is 3775 Terry Rd, Jackson, MS 39212. Call (769) 251-1162
Christmas gift applications are for families living in poverty who qualify. Free gift, vouchers, and even information on food stamps for holiday groceries may be offered.

Oak Grove Missionary Baptist Church
Address is 248 Oak Grove Church Rd, Pearl, MS 39208. Phone - 601-918-0603
They run Toys for Tots in Rankin County. Toys, gifts, games, and more for qualified children under the age of 14.

Planting Seeds Outreach Ministry
Location is 5360 Executive Pl, Jackson, MS 39206. Telephone number is 601-366-7484 or (601) 366-7480.
Christmas toys, meals, free Thanksgiving food boxes, and groceries may be offered. Gift cards, free Thanksgiving turkeys, stocking stuffers for kids and other small, free Christmas presents are passed out. Low income families, seniors, and others may get assistance.





South Rankin Food Resource Center
Main address is 235 Richland Circle, Richland, Mississippi 39218. Phone: (769) 216-3149 or 601-906-6588
Meals, food boxes, groceries, and referrals are all available.

First Baptist Jackson
431 North State Street, Jackson MI. Call 601-942-3651 or 601.949.1900
The charity is also part of the Marine Corps Toys for Tots service.


By Jon McNamara














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