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Free Christmas and holiday assistance Howard County Maryland.

Howard County Maryland has several charities that provide assistance during the holidays. There are free programs, ranging from Christmas gifts and toys for children from low income families to food, groceries, and both free hot Thanksgiving and Christmas meals. Other resources in the county, including the city of Columbia, range from parties to giveaways as well as frozen holiday meals delivered to senior citizens or the disabled.

The primary charities to apply at for help are noted below. They may not offer assistance each year, but rather any Christmas toys, books, clothes, and other items are first come and served based on donations. Most of the holiday support is for children from very low income families or those who live in poverty. However there may also be some emergency help in Howard County as well, but that is not common.

As noted, be sure to apply for Toys for Tots, Angel Tree, or any other Christmas gifts or toys early. As far as the meals, both at Thanksgiving or Christmas, the application period may be later.

Celebration Church
Location is 6080 Foreland Garth
Columbia, MD 21044
Call 410-997-2088
Families or individuals need to register in advance for holiday help. There is food, groceries, and all the toppings. Christmas gift baskets may also be offered for free. Once program is full no more gifts or food is given out.

Coalition For Compassion
Address is 5885 Robert Oliver Pl
Columbia, MD 21045
Phone: (410) 997-2781
The non-profit runs an Adopt-A-Family assistance program at both Christmas and Thanksgiving. There may be paper products, games, books, toys, electronics, and other free presents passed out to families, depending on donations. Holiday and turkey meals are also served.

Salvation Army of Howard County
3267 Pine Orchard Lane
Ellicott City, MD 21042
Main number is 443-656-3376
Many financial aid, case management, and holiday programs are offered. They give free gifts to children in need. Other items may be food or groceries, new clothing for the entire family, small or large toys, toiletries, free winter coats, gloves for Christmas, and more. There is also a free Turkey dinner meal, shelter for the homeless, Angel Tree, and other support. Proof of ID, income, and residency in Howard County is needed. More on Salvation Army assistance programs in Howard County.





Catholic Charities of Howard County
Address is 725 Fallsway
Baltimore, Maryland and Columbia 21202
Dial 443-986-9000
Various programs are run for the poor, single parents, and others in need. Emergency financial help, diapers, free holiday programs, food, meals, and more.

St. Timothy's Church
Address is 200 Ingleside Avenue
Catonsville Maryland 21228
Phone number is 410-747-6690
A free food pantry is offered, and it may have Easter, Thanksgiving, or Christmas food baskets as well as small gifts for kids.

Saint Vincent de Paul
Call 410-732-1892
Various churches partner to support struggling families. One is a holiday program, which may have toys, free gifts, food, and more. The program is known as Beans and Bread Center.

Toys for Tots, Central Maryland and Howard County
The Marine Corps Reserve Center partners with churches and charities on this. New, unopened and unwrapped toys are collected from the public. They are then given to kids, infants, and anyone under the age of 15 that qualifies. Apply at


By Jon McNamara

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