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Free holiday assistance programs in Myrtle Beach and Horry County.

Several agencies in Horry County distribute free Christmas gifts as well as Thanksgiving Turkeys to thousands of children from low income families as well as others in need. Find where to get groceries, food baskets for the entire family, presents for kids, or free Thanksgiving and Christmas meal boxes. Churches or charities may deliver to seniors, or find all sorts of Christmas toys for kids.

The Angel Tree programs in Myrtle Beach area as well as Toys for Tots and Adopt a Family are the main Christmas present programs for kids. There is even holiday help for infants in the Horry County as well as Myrtle Beach areas. Get free clothes, Christmas decorations or trees, gift cards, games, books, sporting equipment and more.

There are hundreds of collection and donation points. However only a small number of charities accept applications for toys, gifts, and Christmas presents. They include the Salvation Army, Toys for Tots (which can distribute at multiple points in Horry County) as well as Helping Hand. Those are the main places for holiday assistance, but as the list below shows there are other options too. When applying, bring proof of income, residency, and other documentation.

Horry County Toys for Tots drive
Kids from age 14 to newborn can receive help. There may be several small Christmas gifts passed out to each child (based on donation levels). Applications normally start in October. Kids may be given trucks, dolls, electronics, books, games, Legos, video games and other items. The free Christmas presents in Myrtle Beach and the county are new items. The main URL to apply is,

Helping Hand of North Strand has locations in various parts of Horry as well as Georgetown County. The non-profit is a leading social service agency. They provide financial help (of course) along with food, clothes, free school supplies or Christmas items and more. Single moms who are lower income can apply for free Christmas gifts or toys, presents, Adopt a Family services and more. Main phone - (843) 399-0862.

Referrals and information is given from Waccamaw Economic Opportunity Council, Inc. from their office at 1261 Hwy 501 East, Suite B, Conway, South Carolina 29526. Call (843) 234-4100. They do offer financial aid as well as referrals. Find more details on the Waccamaw Economic Opportunity Council, Inc. assistance programs.




Salvation Army is involved in several local Christmas and Thanksgiving programs. Their main office is at 1413 2nd Ave, Conway, SC 29526. The phone number is (843) 488-2769. Some of the holiday assistance programs include the following:

  • Free Thanksgiving turkeys and meals.
  • Angel Tree, which collects donated toys, games, and gifts from the community based on a child’s requests. Those gifts are then given to qualified low income children.
  • The Myrtle Beach Salvation Army is also involved in Toys for Tots in partnership with the Marine Reserves.
  • A soup kitchen and free food pantry also give out meals (Thanksgiving and Christmas), turkey dinners, holiday ingredients, and other goods.
  • Other resources are offered too. More on Horry County Salvation Army free holiday assistance.

Helping Hand of South Strand - They focus holiday and financial aid on Surfside Beach, Garden City, and Murrell's Inlet
Address is 812 S Poplar, Surfside Beach, SC 29575. Call (843) 238-4594
The charity provides many services. A free food pantry with Thanksgiving and Christmas food and ingredients for a meal. They give kids free Christmas presents, candy, games, books, and more. Some Christmas tress may also be donated out.

Horry County Council on Aging Inc.
2213 Main St, Conway, SC 29526. Telephone number is (843) 248-5523
Free holiday assistance is for the elderly or disabled. Celebrations, parties, and other events. Easter, Thanksgiving or Christmas meals and groceries may be offered, including delivery to the homebound.

Helping Hands of Georgetown
Address is 1813 Highmarket St., Georgetown, South Carolina 29440. Dial (843) 527-3424
This branch supports Georgetown County. Free Christmas gifts, toys, games, presents, and food boxes. Children, single moms and the low income can get assistance.

Catholic Charities of Horry County region
Location is 2294 Technology Blvd., Conway, South Carolina 29526. Main phone - (855) 377-1357
Assistance programs include a thrift store, free Christmas presents, coats, shoes and more. They also have free food or holiday meals, financial help, and other goods. More on Catholic Charities Horry County assistance programs.





Churches Assisting People
Address is 307 Wright Blvd, Conway, SC 29526. Phone - 843-488-2277
They have a free client choice pantry that allows Horry County families to select the food and groceries they need. There may be holiday groceries, turkey dinners and more. Limited financial help, free Christmas stocking stuffers and other assistance, including during the holidays.

First Presbyterian Church of Myrtle Beach
3810 Robert M Grissom Pkwy, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577. Dial (843) 448-4496.
The faith based organizations has various free food and meal programs, including at Easter, Thanksgiving or Christmas as well as an Adopt a Family type program. There may also be small gifts or stocking stuffers, toys, clothes, and other goods for children. The main food bank and soup kitchen is at the church.

Grand Strand Senior Center
1268 21st Ave N, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina 29577. Location is (843) 626-3991
They help senior citizens, retirees, and the elderly in Horry County. Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas meals and parties are help. Widows, single seniors, and others can drop in for holiday joy, maybe some clothes or small presents, and other aid.

Christian Missions (900 62 NE Ave N., Myrtle Beach, South Carolina 29572, call (843) 444-5580) as well as Community Kitchen of Myrtle Beach (1411 Mr. Joe White Avenue, Myrtle Beach, SC, phone (843) 444-9383) both serve free meals, including at Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. In some cases, a child, say from a poor or homeless family, may be given a small toy.

By Jon McNamara

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