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Kern County free Christmas and holiday assistance.

Families in need at Christmas can get help from one of several charities in Kern County. Whether it is a free small Christmas toy for a child, a food basket, gifts to put under the tree, or just a place to go to celebrate the holidays, there are resources available for both Thanksgiving as well as Christmas. The main services include Toys for Tots (kids under the age of 15), free Thanksgiving turkeys or Christmas dinners, Angel Tree and Adopt a Family from the Salvation Army in Bakersfield and other holiday help. Assistance is offered in Spanish and to immigrants as well.

There are a few toy giveaways held in the region. This will provide various free Christmas gift items to children, such as games, trucks for boys or dolls for girls, stocking stuffers, and more. Exactly what is passed out will depend on donation levels from the community. But the goal of the charitable organizations is to try to provide some form of gift to all of the youth in the community.

Many other individuals in the Bakersfield area also get help at the holidays. This ranges from seniors citizens receiving a home delivered meal to parents being provided a box of free food for Thanksgiving or a Christmas meal. More information is below.

Bakersfield Homeless Center
Address is 1600 E Truxtun Ave.
Bakersfield, California 93305
Dial 661-322-9199
There is an annual Christmas meal, that may have turkeys, fruits, rolls, and more. Clients range from families living in poverty to the homeless in Kern County.

Collaborative toy-give-away
Dial  378-5448 or 363-6190.
Several businesses and charities provide free gifts to children from low income families. Toys, games, and more are provided. The partners include Living Stones for Christ, Bakersfield Police Department, Kingdom Connections Ministries, MASK, and others.




Salvation Army – Bakersfield and Kern
4417 Wilson Road
Bakersfield, CA 93309
Phone: 661-837-4243
Food baskets, Adopt a Family, and other help is offered at Christmas and Thanksgiving. Hot meals, toys, funds for certain bills, and other aid is offered. There are also other ways in which the charity can assistance, and find more Salvation Army Christmas assistance programs.

Bakersfield West Rotary
Working poor families with children, including single moms, can get unwrapped toys for Christmas.

Bakersfield Rescue Mission
Address - 816 E 21st St
Bakersfield, California 93305
Dial 661-325-0863
Thanksgiving and Christmas meals are served. Small presents or gift cards may be offered for children.

Mission of Kern
816 East 21st Street
Bakersfield, CA 93305
Dial 661-325-0863
Only homeless males can get assistance and guests of the shelter.

Alliance Against Family Violence
1921 19th St
Bakersfield, California 93301
Survivors of domestic violence can sign up for a free holiday meal.





Community Action Partnership of Kern and the Lincoln-Pacheco Center
Dial 871-1887
The non-profit has an annual giveaway. Toys, books, clothes, shoes, and more may be provided at Christmas based on donations from the community. Gift cards for local retailers such as Target.

Marine Corps. Reserve Center-Toys for Tots
Donations from stores (such as Kroger and Wal-Mart) as well as individuals allow less fortunate children or teens to get a free toy. There may be many items offered, including computers, education or video games, free legos or books, and many other Christmas presents. The intake numbers are below.

Stay Focused Mentoring Programs
1225 California Avenue
Bakersfield, CA, 93304
High risk youth can participate in services.

Kern County DHS
There are government offices all across the County that offer free Christmas gifts for children, help to migrant families, meals, cash aid and more. Most of the offices, including in Delano, Kern Valley, Bakersfield, Palmdale are part of Toys for Tots. Books, games, toy trucks, tablets, clothes, and many other Christmas presents may be offered. Continue with holiday public assistance in Kern County.

Christmas for seniors
Dial - (661) 703-8893
A regional non-profit provides Christmas support to the homebound. Whether they are disabled or senior citizens, hot meals may be brought to them at Thanksgiving and/or Christmas.

Love In the Name of Christ
Main address is 901 Sacramento St
Bakersfield, California 93305
Call (661) 325-8838
Holiday programs, including food baskets, small toys or gifts, visitors to the homebound and more are offered. Free Christmas clothes or gift cards may be offered too.

Bakersfield Community Christmas
Telephone - 836-8487
Thousands of families with children received customized boxes of food or requested toys. The goal is to fulfill the wish list.

SVDP of Kern County
Main address is 300 Baker St
Bakersfield, CA 93305
(661) 323-7340.
Society of Saint Vincent de Paul conferences help the poor, immigrants, and less fortunate. There is free holiday help, ranging from Thanksgiving or Christmas food baskets to stocking stuffers, books, and small Christmas toys for kids. Some parents may be given gift cards to shop at local stores with for presents.





Assistance League-Bakersfield
Main address is 924 Q St
Bakersfield, CA 93301
Phone - (661) 323-0838
Programs range from a thrift store to holiday items that may include, but are not limited to, furniture, toys, home goods, books, and more. Volunteers from across Kern County work with this charity to help children.

Kern County Aging & Adult Services
Location is 5357 Truxtun Ave
Bakersfield, CA 93309
(661) 868-1000
They help the disabled, seniors, and homebound, both year round and during the holidays. Free Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas parties and congregate meals. Meals on Wheels with holiday food boxes or frozen meals and other assistance is offered.

Wasco Union Elementary School District
1102 5th Street
Wasco California, 93280
Dial 661-758-7100
Referrals are given to adopt a family Christmas programs.

By Jon McNamara

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