Free Myrtle Beach and Horry County holiday assistance programs.

Several agencies in Horry County distribute free Christmas gifts to thousands of children from low income families. There are also groceries and food bags for the entire family, free Thanksgiving and Christmas meal boxes delivered to seniors, and all sorts of Christmas toys for kids and even infants in the Myrtle beach areas.

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, and other items. The main URL to apply is, or dial (843) 450-0964

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 261 Hwy 501 East, Suite B, Conway, South Carolina 29526. Call (843) 234-4100. A food pantry and clothing bank may offer free groceries and ingredients for holiday meals, including Thanksgiving and Christmas. There is clothes, bedding, toys (Christmas and Birthday) and more available via 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 210 Laurel St. Conway, SC 29526. The phone number is (843) 488-2769, Ext 1006. 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.

Christian Missions (900 62ne 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) 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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