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Free Christmas and holiday assistance Louisville and Jefferson County Kentucky.

Several organizations in Jefferson County provide free holiday assistance to families, children, or seniors during the Christmas and Thanksgiving season. Low income residents can turn to charities as well as local churches in Louisville and the county for free Christmas toys, gifts or hot meals, including at Thanksgiving. There are even national organizations that can help, such as Toys for Tots in Louisville as well as the Salvation Army Angel Tree program. However most are focused on a limited area or certain zip codes in the county.

Clients can not only receive some type of free food basket, meal, or toys for the holiday, but they will also be referred to longer term support to deal with the cause of their struggle. The Christmas programs in Louisville often rely on donations from the community and volunteers, so any items provided are limited. There may be gifts for kids such as Legos, video or educational games, books, sporting goods and other items in Louisville.

In addition to helping children by giving a toy, the organizations will also try to provide home delivery of a hot Thanksgiving meal or Christmas basket to seniors and the homebound. So may resources are provided as part of this process. The local Salvation Army is below, or find free Christmas help from Salvation Army near you.

Highlands Community Ministries - United Methodist Church
Main address is 1140 Cherokee Road, Louisville, KY 40204. Call (502) 451-3626
The church runs a program that has Christmas and also Thanksgiving holiday assistance. Working poor and struggling Jefferson County families can sign up for holiday programs that provide free Thanksgiving food baskets. There will also be Christmas stockings with free small gifts and even Easter baskets for children. A food pantry is on site, and there are also hand-made scarves, mittens and hats for the winter months. Clothing is also available based on donations for children.

Jeffersontown Area Ministries
Main address is 10617 Taylorsville Road, Jeffersontown Community Center. The city is Jeffersontown, Kentucky 40299. For information, dial (502) 267-1055
Free gifts and toys are given to children in Jefferson County. Volunteers and donations are used for this.

Eastern Area Community Ministries
9104 Westport Road Basement, John Knox Presbyterian Church, Louisville, KY 40242. Main number is (502) 426-2824
This agency also helps families in the zip codes of 40018, 40027, 40059, 40222, 40223, 40241, 40242, 40243, and also 40245. There is a store that parents can “shop” at for gifts, toys, and more. Thanksgiving food and meals are served too.




Highlands Community Ministries - Concordia Lutheran Church
Main address is 1140 Cherokee Rd, Louisville, KY 40204 at the Concordia Lutheran Church, Louisville, Kentucky 40204. For information, call (502) 451-3626
Children, including from single parents, can get diapers, holiday toys, and more.

Cabbage Patch Settlement House
1413 S 6th Street, Louisville, KY 40208. Telephone: (502) 634-0811
A small holiday party may be held for clients.

Jefferson County Society of Saint Vincent de Paul
Various churches are part of this charity. Low income families, single mothers and others can get assistance at the holiday. Free food boxes, hot meals, Thanksgiving turkey dinners, Christmas gifts (toys, video games, etc.), clothes and more may be offered. They support the city and county. Call 502-584-2480, or more on Jefferson County SVDP assistance programs.

Louisville area Catholic Charities
Address is 2911 S Fourth St, Louisville, Kentucky 40208. Phone - 502-637-9786
A number of social services and assistance programs are offered. Everything from financial to free Christmas, Easter, or Thanksgiving food boxes. Clothes, shoes, small gifts for kids and other help may be offered at the holidays.

Toys for Tots Jefferson County Kentucky and Louisville KY
Many charities, non-profits and other organizations participate. Children, teenagers, and infants can get new Christmas presents, based on donations. Video games, books, tablets, electronics, phones, trucks, and much more may be offered. There are also clothes from Louisville Toys for Tots. The program is for the counties of Jefferson, Spencer, Oldham, Shelby, Henry, and Owen. Apply here.

Wayside Christian Mission
Main address is 432 E Jefferson Street, Louisville, KY 40202. Telephone: (502) 584-3711





House Of Ruth
607 E St Catherine Street, Louisville, KY 40203. For information, dial (502) 587-5080
Only helps children impacted by HIV/AIDS. Whether free Eater, Thanksgiving, or Christmas food baskets, medical equipment, or small gifts and stocking stuffers for children, help is offered.

Salvation Army Of Louisville and Jefferson County
Main address is 911 S Brook Street, Louisville, Kentucky 40203. Dial (502) 671-4900 or (502) 671-4935
They run the Angel Tree program in Jefferson County. Toys, games, and free clothing is provided for children, and maybe even gift certificates. There are also free Thanksgiving turkey dinners and food, including at Christmas in the city of Louisville. Donations are used to keep this operating, and any items are first come and served for struggling families.

Southwest Community Ministries
Location is 8504 Terry Road, Louisville, KY 40258. Main phone - (502) 935-0310
Free toys, gifts, and more are available in Jefferson County to the low income and families in poverty. The zip codes are 40177, 40258, and 40272.

Auttie World
Address is 101 N 7th St #209, Louisville, KY 40202. They try to operate a holiday program. Dial (502) 753-7525
The Christmas program is called Give a Child a Samile. it is for children from age 0 to 17.

Golden Arrow
Location is 835 E Gray St, Louisville, KY 40204. For details, call (502) 589-3537
Various programs and social services are offered. They include free Christmas toys or gifts, clothes, hygiene items, and groceries. There may be gift cards for Christmas shopping, help for single momthers or the unemployed and other support.

St Matthews Area Ministries, Beechwood Baptist Church
Main address is 201 Biltmore Road, Louisville, Kentucky 40207. Call (502) 893-5704
Infants can get baby clothing, small toys, and more. Applicants need to live in 40207.

By Jon McNamara

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