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Free Christmas programs Johnson County Kansas

There are several agencies in Johnson County KS that offer free Christmas, Thanksgiving and other holiday help. They are based in Overland Park Kansas and other local communities throughout the county. Families or children can apply for free Toys for Tots, Angel Tree, Adopt a Family and other programs, including free holiday food boxes. Find details on how and where to get assistance during the holidays in the Johnson County area.

The charities as well as volunteers that work for them do their best to ensure that every child has a free gift or toy to open Christmas morning and that every family has a hot holiday meal or box of food given to them. What is passed out will vary, but may be gift cards for toys, Legos, dolls, Christmas decorations or shopping at local stores. The exact items available at Christmas depend on donations.

Other charities focus on serving meals, especially to seniors and/or the lonely. As the Christmas programs depend on partners such as Wal-Mart as well as Adopt a Family type programs, or they use the Marine Corps toys for Tots service. When applying for these free holiday assistance programs in Johnson County Kansas, be sure to send a request in early. Items are provided on a first come – served basis to income qualified families.

Catholic Charities of Johnson County - Northeast Kansas
Address: 9806 W. 87th Street, Overland Park, Kansas 66212. Phone: 913-384-6608
Resources range from free food (including at the holidays) to Christmas toys and gifts. There are other social services, such as emergency rent help, Meals on Wheels, and more. The charity is also a source of information on Toys for Tots application sites and other Christmas programs.

  • There is another church that is located at 333 E. Poplar St, Olathe, Kansas 66061. The phone number is 913-782-4077.

Salvation Army in Olathe
Location is 400 E. Santa Fe, Olathe, Kansas 66061. Telephone number - 913-829-0578
Christmas assistance is for families with Children under the age of 15, and include Angel Tree. There is also a thrift store with furniture and Thanksgiving Turkey meals. Other goods include financial help, free winter coats or boots, and the applications to Toys for Tots. More on Salvation Army assistance programs in Johnson County.




Village Church Food Pantry and Clothes Closet
Address is 9900 Mission Road, Overland Park, KS 66206. Main number is 913-671-2315
Low cost clothing is for sale. Families can shop for toys, games, electronic such as computers and more. They have referrals to Toys for Tots too.

Center of Grace
520 S. Harrison St., Olathe, KS 66061. For details, call 913-764-1353
Low income families as well as Hispanics and immigrants can get help. They arrange Thanksgiving and Christmas meals, give small toys to kids, and operate a clothing closet. This may have vouchers or gift cards, boots, winter attire, and other goods. Some are sold, others are given out for free at Christmas.

El Centro, Inc
201 E Loula St, Olathe, KS 66061. Call 913-829-7800

Johnson County Interfaith Hospitality Network
6315 W 110th St, Overland Park, KS 66211. Dial 913-345-2121
The faith based charity provides many forms of assistance. Single moms can register for season assistance, such as free Christmas toys, books, or games. There are also school supplies, shelter for the homeless, and a daily, 300+ day per year meal service.

Johnson County Christmas Bureau
Location is 9503 Johnson Dr, Merriam, KS 66203. Call (913) 341-4342
They help the working poor, jobless, homeless and unemployed. Free warm shelters, Christmas gifts or games, books, underwear and more. There are also free Thanksgiving or Christmas meals, warm clothes and other goods.

Johnson County Multi-Service Centers
There are several. Referrals are given to various social services, which may include holiday food baskets. There are holiday programs, free Christmas presents or books for kids, food baskets for the unemployed and more.

  • North Central part of the county can dial (913) 715-6653, and it is in Lenexa.
  • Southwest Multi-Service Center location is Gardner, KS. Dial  (832) 395-9900
  • North East Multi Service Center is in Mission KS. Call (913) 715-6653
  • Olathe Multi-Service Center can be reached at (913) 715-6653.





First Baptist Church of Stilwell
Main address: 19950 Broadmoor Lane, Stilwell Kansas. Call 913-449-6601
A holiday meal service, including at Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas may be arranged. Volunteers serve hot food to the low income and needy.

Loaves and Fishes is based at SouthWoods Christian Church
Location is 16110 Metcalf Ave, Stilwell, KS 66085. Main phone – 913-681-5100

Free Toys for Tots - Johnson County KS
Children, infants and kids can get free Christmas gifts, that are unwrapped. Based on donations, there may be books, video or educational games, sporting goods, electronics, dolls, hot wheels care and more. There are also free Christmas clothes, winter coats and more from the program. Apply here.

Regional Thanksgiving and Christmas charities
Some churches and charities help the less fortunate in Johnson County and other areas. A small Christmas toy or free gift giveaway service may be offered or they serve hot free turkey dinners, Christmas meals, and more. These groups operate in Johnson County. They include:

  • Grace United Church ((816) 231-5745)
  • City Union Mission (dial (816) 329-1444), and various senior citizens centers (call 211).


By Jon McNamara











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