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Indianapolis area free Christmas and holiday programs.

There are agencies and churches in the greater Indianapolis area that provide free assistance during the holidays to low income families, seniors, and children. The non-profits have items ranging from free Christmas toys or gifts to meals and baskets of food. There is also assistance for the homebound, including senior citizens and the disabled in the Marion County and Indianapolis area. National and regional programs, including Toys for Tots from USMC, Thanksgiving turkey meals as well as the Salvation Army Angel Tree and Adopt a Family also assist thousands of Indianapolis area families each year.

The sites that provide help at Christmas or Thanksgiving are located in many nearby towns and counties. They rely on donations from the community in order to give free gifts to children or to serve meals. The programs are available in a wide region, including the counties of Hamilton, Elkhart, Marion, Boone, Parke, Shelby, Vermillion, Clay, Hendricks, Madison and many others.

The exact items offered by each center will vary, and the applications are normally processed on a first come and served basis. Families, in particular those with children, should apply for assistance in the early fall months in order to have a chance to receive a toy or gift. Volunteers from the community may also help seniors apply, and bring them a free meal during Thanksgiving or Christmastime.

Christmas programs from Salvation Army
There are several centers in the region. The charity operates programs such as Angel Tree or Adopt a Family, and these are focused on children from low income families. Key partners of the holiday programs are both the United Way as well as Toys for Tots as well. They may receive free clothes, toys, games, or other items. Meals are provided (including at Thanksgiving or Easter), and some Salvation Army centers in Indianapolis may offer funds for bills or access to food pantries for seasonal items.

  • 725 E Washington St, Indianapolis, Indiana, (317) 236-1255
  • 3100 N Meridian St, Indianapolis, IN, dial (317) 937-7000
  • Salvation Army center address is 82 West 2nd Street, Peru, IN 46970, (765) 473-5498
  • 8310 E Washington St, Indianapolis, IN 46219. Call the center at (317) 897-3723
  • 1337 Shelby St, Indianapolis, IN, (317) 632-0156
  • 4400 N High School Rd, Indianapolis, Indiana46254, phone (317) 299-4454
  • Location - 325 Market Plaza, Greenwood, IN 46142, (317) 881-8948
  • 1285 Indiana, Greenwood, IN 46142, (317) 881-6216




Love Chapel of Bartholomew County
Address is 292 Center Street
Columbus, IN 47202
(812) 376-6666
They may have free food, groceries, seasonal items such as Turkeys and items for people that do not qualify for the regional Cheer Fund.

Saint Bartholomew Catholic Church
Main address is 1306 27th Street
Columbus, Indiana 47201
(812) 375-2216

Good Samaritan Network
Address is 12933 Parkside Drive
Fishers, IN 46038
Call the Hamilton County charity at (317) 842-2603
The center has free holiday clothes, gifts, presents, games and a food box to eligible low-income persons. There is both a Thanksgiving and Christmas program run. Turkey dinners, meals, stuffings, and more items are offered.

Clinton County Boys and Girls Club
1100 West Green Street
Frankfort, Indiana 46041
Phone - (765) 659-3520
Christmas food baskets are provided.

Lawrence County - Marion Township Trustee
Main address is 901 West Main Street
Mitchell, Indiana 47446
Phone - (812) 849-4254

Children's Christmas Fund of Brown County
PO Box 1008
Nashville, Indiana 47448
Pick up an application at the Division of Family Resources or a local school. A small dollar gift card may be provided to pay for buying holiday gifts.





Greensburg Daily News
Location is 135 South Franklin Street
Greensburg, Indiana 47240
(812) 663-3111
Low income and working poor families with children may apply for Christmas assistance, including free gifts, food, a voucher or gift certificate, and other aid.

CME Church of Phillips Temple
The location is 210 East 34th Street
Indianapolis, Indiana 46205
Telephone - (317) 925-2000
Seasonal programs include free winter jackets, gift cards for parents to buy holiday food or Christmas gifts, and other assistance.

Lake Village Presbyterian Church
Main address is 9412 North 300 West
Lake Village, Indiana 46349
(219) 992-3466
They operate an Angel Tree donation program and a Helping Hands service at Christmas. There may be personal hygiene items, clothing, and other basic needs. Thanksgiving food is offered too.

Society Of Saint Vincent De Paul
There are many locations in Marion County and nearby regions, including the city of Indianapolis. A sampling of churches is below. Canned food, referrals, and other support is provided, as funds and resources allow. The main office is at , or try a church below. 5885 Harrison Street, Merrillville, Indiana 46410, telephone number is (219) 980-2693. Or more on holiday assistance from St. Vincent de Paul in Marion County.

  • Holy Spirit Church, Winfield, 7667 East 109th Avenue, Crown Point, Indiana 46307
  • Saint Anne's Church, 7210 West 25th Avenue, Gary, IN 46406
  • Saint Casimir Church, 4340 Johnson Avenue, Hammond, IN 46327
  • Saint James The Less Catholic Church, 9640 Kennedy Avenue, Highland, Indiana 46322
  • Whiting/Robertsdale Office, 1731 Laporte Avenue, Whiting, Indiana 46394
  • Saint Joseph Church, 5310 Hohman Avenue, Hammond, IN 46320
  • Saint Thomas More Church, 8501 Calumet Avenue, Munster, Indiana 46321

Christmas Shop With A Cop of Bartholomew County, Fraternal Order of Police
Columbus, IN 47202
Main phone (812) 375-2216
Youth can get a voucher to go shopping for gifts with a local police officer.

Jackson and Jennings County Christmas Meals
Main address for distribution is 753 West 2nd Street
Seymour, Indiana 47274
(812) 376-6666
Free meals, including home delivery for seniors.





Lincoln Central Neighborhood Family Center and St. Peter's Lutheran church
Main address is 1039 Sycamore Street
Columbus, IN 47201
Main phone (812) 379-1630 Voice-Administration
Free Christmas assistance programs to income qualified families in need residing within the Lincoln Central Neighborhood district only.

Apostolic Pentecostal Tabernacle
301 Indianapolis Avenue
Seymour, IN 47274
(812) 522-5768

Sertoma Christmas Miracle
Main address is 535 South Jackson Park Drive
Seymour, Indiana 47274
Call (812) 498-4581 for intake
The Christmas Miracle Fund is for families with young children in Jackson County. The less fortunate may have a gift or small toy/game to open under the tree on the morning of Christmas.

First Presbyterian Church Of Goshen and Elkhart County
215 East Lincoln Avenue
Goshen, IN 46528
(574) 533-7845
Free meals, including delivery from volunteers.

Scott County Partnership - Clearinghouse
Location is 1057 West Community Way
Scottsburg, IN 47170
Seniors can dial (812) 752-0123
A basket is for the elderly and homebound. They also receive companionship.

Toys for Tots
This provide free Christmas gifts (clothing, toys, books, and more) to children from low income households under the age of 13. Applications are processed both online and at local charities in Marion County as well as other areas of the service territory. Often non-profit agencies such as the YMCA Of Greater Indianapolis, Salvation Army, and Catholic Charities have information on the registration process. Or dial (317) 926-4357 for referrals.

Mother Against Violence Healing Ministry
Address: 4039 Graceland Street
Indianapolis, Indiana, 46208
Phone: 317-400-5511
This is a Marion County Toys for Tots distribution site. Free Christmas gifts for kids under the age of 15. There may be clothes, games, tablets, dolls, stuffed animals, and more.





American Legion
Location is 402 West 2nd Street
Seymour, Indiana 47274
Call the center at (812) 522-1846
Certificates and vouchers are for meals and gifts, and they are for low income families. Food, meals, and other holiday assistance can be provided.


By Jon McNamara

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