Kansas City free Christmas and holiday assistance programs.

Holiday help, ranging from Christmas gifts to assistance at Thanksgiving, is available across Kansas City. Most of the charities that operate these programs only provide services to a limited area, however there are options in all counties. More information is below on where to turn to for free toys or Christmas food baskets in Jackson, Cass, Clay, or Platte County.

The programs available tend to be either Adopt a Family or toy giveaways. Due to this, there is also a need for further donations and participation of the greater Kansas City Missouri community. Everything from gift cards from retailers such as Wal-Mart to educational toys, DVDs, games, and more are always in demand.

Families in need of help at the holidays needs to register in time. While the goal is to provide each child a gift, or family a Thanksgiving or Christmas meal, due to the demand on the charities this is not always possible.

Address: 3007 Mercier
Kansas City, Missouri 64108
Phone number is (913) 948-9700
The non-profit runs a Holiday - Christmas store. This allows low to moderate income individuals and families to shop at a reduced price for any needed gifts.

City Union Mission
Address is 1700 E 8th St
Kansas City, MO 64106
(816) 329-1444
Small Christmas gifts are provided to qualified applicants. Women, including single moms, as well as children from low income families can get help.





Community Services League Holiday programs
There are several centers in the region ,including counties of Jackson, Clay, and others. Assistance is available at Christmas. There may be winter coats, toys for young children, support for households in poverty, and other holiday assistance.
1408 SE Austin Street, Oak Grove, Missouri 64075, dial (816) 690-8213
Christ United Methodist Church has c center at 14506 E 39th St, Independence, Missouri 64055, phone (816) 254-8209
1001 Sibley Road - Buckner, MO 64016, dial (816) 249-5820

Sack it for Santa
Location is 3030 Summit St
Kansas City, Missouri 64108
(816) 932-9170
The Love Fund for Children is a key partner. The organization will offer free gifts to area teenagers. Donations are needed.

Kansas City Catholic Charities
Address - 20 West 9th Street
Kansas City, MO
A Toy Shoppe is available for needy families. In many years, hundreds of children get a present for Christmas morning. This church - charity may help thousands of kids from low income families each Thanksgiving and Christmas. More on Catholic Charities programs in Kansas City.

Salvation Army
There are several in the region, including Platte and other counties. Seniors, the disabled, homeless, and children may qualify for a free gift or parents can shop for low cost items at the thrift store.
-1301 E 10th St, Kansas City, MO 64106, dial (816) 421-0910
-500 W 39th St, Kansas City, Missouri 64111, call (816) 753-1628
-Another site is at 1535 East 23rd St S, Independence, Missouri 64050.
-Prospect Plaza, 6469 N Prospect Ave, Gladstone, Missouri 64119, dial (816) 595-5999
-5306 N Oak Trafficway, Kansas City, Missouri 64118. Main phone (816) 452-5663
-Address is 6723 State Ave, Kansas City, KS 66102. Dial (913) 232-5400





Grace United Church
811 Benton Blvd.
Kansas City, MO 64124
For information, call (816) 231-5745

Della Lamb Community Services - Operation Santa Claus
500 Woodland Ave
Kansas City, MO 64106-9908
New toys, gift cards, winter coats, and food baskets are passed out at the Christmas season.

Operation Breakthrough
3039 Troost
Kansas City MO 64109
Intake number - 816-756-3511
They only offer assistance to qualified low income families in the Kansas City metropolitan area – city center region.

Greater Rolla Area Charitable Enterprise (Grace)
601 N. Elm
Rolla, Missouri 65401
(573) 368-5577
Adopt A Family and holiday help is only for residents of Edgar Springs, Rolla and Newburg School Districts.

Revolution United Methodist church - Neighbor 2 Neighbor - Sack Lunch
Main address: 500 W. 40th Street
Kansas City, MO 64111
Phone: (816) 931-1150

Grandview Assistance Program
1121 Main Street
Grandview, Missouri 64030
(816) 761-1919
Local residents of Grandview only can apply for financial aid, winter coats, counseling, or Christmas gifts. The elderly can also be supported by volunteers of the non-profit.

Toys for Tots is run from several locations in Kansas City, including Clay, Jackson, and other counties. The program provides free, unwrapped Christmas gifts to children of low income families. The Salvation Army and other charities or churches, such as below, participate. There may be games, electronics, books, and other presents available.

  • Mt Washington Missionary Baptist Church - 3551 Wabash Ave, Kansas City, Missouri, 64109. Phone - 816-509-6538. This site runs Toys for Tots for Jackson County.
  • Community Services League is at 404 N. Noland Rd, Independence , Missouri, 64050, dial 816-912-4493
  • Great Circle accepts applications. The location is 18610 East 37th Terrace South, Independence, Missouri, 64057. Phone - 816-739-4976.
  • Community Services League of Oak Grove, 1408 SE Austin, Oak Grove, Missouri, 64075, 816-690-8213.
    Ivanhoe Neighborhood Council. Address - 3700 Woodland Ave., Kansas City, Missouri, 64109. Dial 816-921-6611.
  • Greater KC LINC, INC - 436 Prospect Avenue, Kansas City, Missouri, 64124, telephone - 816-418-3612
  • Bumps with Benefits focuses on new moms or single parents. 7920 Troost Ave, Kansas City, Missouri, 64131, dial 816-873-1292.





Raytown REAP
9300 E 75th Street
Kansas City, Missouri 64138
Phone: (816) 356-0054
Assistance at the holidays is only for income qualified people in the Raytown school district area.

Lee's Summit Social Services
108 SE 4th St
Lees Summit, MO 64063
A small Christmas store with toys, books, and games is available for low cost items. Some gift cards for free shopping can also be offered. There is also Thanksgiving and free Christmas food baskets for families, senior citizens, and others. Some delivery service too.


By Jon McNamara

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