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Free holiday assistance programs Kalamazoo County

Several agencies in Kalamazoo County provide free assistance at Christmas and Thanksgiving. Find where, and how to get free Christmas toys, gifts, and presents for a kid, including from Adopt a Family or Toys for Tots. Also receive free food for a holiday meal, Turkey dinners, applications to Angel Tree, 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 including single moms or dads 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 in Kalamazoo MI below. Generally gifts are given to children under the age of 15 or so down to an infant. There may be items such as Legos, sneakers, matchbox cars, video games or consoles and more. 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 - Generous Hands
Location is 606 Spruce St, Vicksburg, MI 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. Call (269) 344-6119
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 free Toys for Tots
For information on this free Christmas gift and gift card program from Toys for Toys in Kalamazoo County, apply below. There are free Christmas presents for kids age 0 to 15. Get games, winter coats, bicycles, tablets and whatever else is donated. In addition, low income families can also learn about church programs, Meals on Wheels for seniors, Christmas gift giveaway events, and other assistance. Read more, and apply here.

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.

God's Kitchen of Michigan
Location is 1000 W Paterson St, Kalamazoo, MI 49007. Call (269) 615-8080
They run holiday programs in partnership with churches and charities such as Portage Chapel Hill Church. They giveaway free toys, Christmas or Thanksgiving food baskets and other stuff to low income, struggling families.

Free Store of Kalamazoo
The address is 2800 Gull Rd Kalamazoo, MI 49048. Call 269-744-8758
This is a year round program. People drop off/donate items year round and others can pick them up or exchange too. There may be free seasonal items like Christmas tree decorations, books, games, furniture and more. Or maybe even birthday toys. Inventory changes.


By Jon McNamara











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