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Free Christmas assistance and holiday help in Hudson County New Jersey.

Several charities in Hudson County New Jersey provide assistance during the Christmas or Thanksgiving holidays. Families with children can get free toys, games, food baskets, or gifts and the entire household may be given a hot meal. Find where to get free Toys for Tots in Jersey City, Adopt a Family or Angel Tree applications in Hudson County NJ, Hoboken and the city. More information on the leading agencies to apply at are listed below.

The application period for a Thanksgiving meal or Turkey will usually take place a couple months before the holiday. Priority is to help single mothers, the low-income, elderly or disabled in Jersey City and the county. When it comes to request a Christmas toy for a child, programs like Angel Tree or Toys for Tots will normally require the parent to enroll around September or October. The demand is always high, and while the charities try to help everyone, this may not always be possible based on donation levels.

Hudson County programs may provide games, toys, dolls for girls, Legos, video games or consoles, free gift cards or trucks for boys. It will really depend on the child's age as well as what the Jersey City community has donated to these Christmas programs. There are no guarantees to getting help.

Hudson County Department of Family Services
Address is 257 Cornelison Ave., Jersey City, New Jersey 07302. Dial (201) 420-3000
They help children from families living in poverty that already receive a government benefit, such as SNAP food stamps or TANF. Free winter coats, small toys, boots, and more may be provided.

Salvation Army
The non-profit covers Hoboken, Bayonne and Jersey City as well as Hudson County. Adopt a Family can provide free gifts for children. Senior citizens can apply for Meals on Wheels and there is also furniture, clothing, Thanksgiving turkey meals, and referrals to financial aid in Hudson County. Vouchers or gift cards may be needed in some cases.

  • Jersey City social services are run from address of 562 Bergen Ave, Jersey City, New Jersey 07304. Call (201) 435-7355
  • 900 Kennedy Blvd, Union City, NJ 07087. Call (800) 728-7825
  • There are other locations and resources. More on Salvation Army Hudson County assistance programs.




Jersey City Annual Toy Drive Donation
Resident Response Center - City Hall, 280 Grove St. Jersey City. Phone (201) 547-5116 or dial (201) 547-4900.
This is for children from ages 1 to 12. There may be free Christmas toys, games, books, gift cards and other items for kids. Other goods are based on donations and include sneakers, school supplies, Christmas food or decorations for a tree and ore.

North Hudson Community Action Corporation
Location is 5301 Broadway, West New York, NJ 07093. Main Phone - (201) 866-9320
Vouchers for hot meals or a holiday food box are given to the low income in Hudson County.

Sharing Place
440 Hoboken City, Jersey City, New Jersey, 07306. Call (201) 963 – 5518
Holiday food is offered only, only with referrals to gift donation services.

Free Toys for Tots of Hudson County
There are charities, corporations and churches that process applications to Toys for Tots. Children under the age of 14 or so can get free Christmas presents. Based on donations, there may be toys, games (board or video), clothes including winter coats, matchbox or hot wheel cars, dolls and more. The program covers all of Hudson County as well as Jersey City or Hoboken . The USMC collects toys, gifts, and more for children under the age of 13. They can then apply for a new, wrapped Christmas gift or even gift certificate, all at no cost to them. Applications are made online here.

Hoboken Community Center
Location is 1301 Washington St, Hoboken, NJ 07030, Call (201) 963-4100.
They have a holiday market. Based on donations, low income families, the under or unemployed, and elderly (among others) can get free Thanksgiving or Christmas food baskets. Or there are small unwrapped toys, hygiene supplies and more holiday items.





Connect Family Centers
There are three locations as noted below. Programs include an annual Christmas party, holiday food baskets, free winter coats, toys, and more.

  • Palisades Family Success Center is at 1408 New York Avenue in Union City. Dial 201-758-8792
  • Liberty Family Success Center, 341 Kearny Avenue, Kearny, New Jersey 07032, dial 201-622-2210
  • Horizon Health Center Family Success Center - 725 Bergen Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07306, dial 201-451-4767

Hoboken Grace Community Church
Main address is 301 Garden St, Hoboken, NJ 07030. Call (201) 795-5485.
They offer a small Adopt a Family program.

Catholic Charities
Location is 249 Virginia Avenue Jersey City, NJ 07304. Call (201) 798-9900.
They serve multiple counties in New Jersey, including Hudson. The Family Resource Center can provide free basic needs, including at the holidays such as Thanksgiving, Easter, or Christmas. There are partner churches for free food baskets, birthday or Christmas gifts for kids, hot meals for struggling families including immigrants or the homeless and other resources.

United Way of West Hudson
Call  (973) 624-8300 or 973.854.2221
Applicants need to live in the very western part of the county. Proof of income, residency, and more is required for enrollment into the holiday assistance programs.


By Jon McNamara











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