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Kalamazoo County free holiday assistance programs.

A half dozen agencies in Kalamazoo County provide assistance at Christmas. They may also offer help at Thanksgiving as well as other holidays. Find where, and how to get free Christmas toys, gifts, and presents for a kid. Also receive free food for a holiday meal, Turkey dinners, and more. A list of charities that help the poor, low income, seniors, and disabled (among others) is listed below.

Most of the holiday programs have a formal application process. Families need to apply. Note some senior citizens or the homebound in Kalamazoo County may have a hot meal delivered to their home. Or a non-profit will bring them frozen food or groceries in advance of say Thanksgiving or Christmas, which allows the homebound to also celebrate during the holidays.

Find the main churches as well as charities for Christmas and Thanksgiving assistance below. Generally gifts are given to children under the age of 15 or so down to an infant. The parent(s) needs to be low income or in a financial crisis.

Ministry with Community
500 North Edwards Street
Kalamazoo MI, 49007
Main number is (269) 343-6073
The charity focuses on helping adults at Christmas. The assistance is free clothes as well as a meal. Christmas clothing may be socks, underwear, shirts, pants, and more. There are also food boxes.

South County Community Services
Location is 105 South Kalamazoo Street
Vicksburg Michigan, 49097
(269) 649-2901
Only one basket of food or groceries is given out…either Thanksgiving or Christmas. It will have food, the toppings, bread, and more. Small Christmas gifts may be given out for free too.





Salvation Army – Kalamazoo Corps
Location is 1700 South Burdick Street
Kalamazoo MI, 49001
Various social services are available, ranging from financial aid for heating bills to shelter. There are also seasonal programs, including Angel Tree and Adopt a Family at Christmas. They give clients free toys, gifts, games, and other items. Families can be given holiday meals or turkeys for Thanksgiving, and there are also presents and other items given out. More information on Salvation Army in Kalamazoo County.

Referrals as well as Toys for Tots
For information on this free Christmas gift and gift card program, dial 211. In addition, low income families can also learn about church programs, Meals on Wheels for seniors, Christmas gift giveaway events, and other assistance.

Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes
Social service office - 913 E. Alcott
Kalamazoo, Michigan 49001
Phone: (269) 343-3663
Some holiday assistance programs, including donations of warm clothes and coats for Christmas, stocking stuffers, and other items may be offered.


By Jon McNamara

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