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Free Christmas and holiday assistance in Kern County.

Families in need of help Christmas can get help charities or churches in Bakersfield and Kern County. Whether it is a free small Christmas toy for a child, a holiday 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.

There is help from the Salvation Army in Bakersfield and other charities agencies. 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, Legos, 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, including single mothers, 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. Small stocking stuffers, Christmas decorations and more may be offered too.

Victory Outreach SW Bakersfield Church
4704 New Horizon Blvd, Bakersfield, CA 93313
(661) 837-4908
They partner with other charities and churches including New Arising Destiny Center as well as Toys for Tots. They give away free Christmas gifts, games, books, clothes, sneakers and more to kids, including immigrants and migrant workers.

Salvation Army – Bakersfield and Kern County
4417 Wilson Road, Bakersfield, CA 93309. Phone: 661-837-4243 or 661-836-8487
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. Working poor families with children, including single moms, can get unwrapped toys for Christmas. There are also other ways in which the charity can assistance, and find more Salvation Army Christmas assistance programs.

  • Kern Kiwanis Club of Bakersfield also partners with the Salvation Army. The club gives small stocking stuffers, candy and other small holiday items.

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. Only homeless males or women can get assistance and guests of the shelter.




Alliance Against Family Violence
1921 19th St, Bakersfield, California 93301. Call 661-322-0931
Survivors of domestic violence can sign up for a free holiday meal. There may be small Christmas toys, clothes, or basic needs for their children as well.

Community Action Partnership of Kern County and the Lincoln-Pacheco Center
Dial 661-871-1887 or (661) 336-5236
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.

  • Bakersfield City School District - (661) 631-4600
  • Buttonwillow Family Resource Center - phone ((661) 764-9405
  • Frazier Park - Mountain Communities Family Resource Center. For information on Christmas programs, free gifts, and food boxes dial (661) 245-4303
  • Lamont Weedpatch Family Resource Center -  (661) 845-2724
  • Arvin Family Resource Center - (661) 845-6526





Stay Focused Mentoring Programs
1225 California Avenue, Bakersfield, CA, 93304. 661-322-4673
High risk youth can participate in services. Free Easter, Thanksgiving or Christmas meals and events are offered.

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 or (949) 735-1201
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. A major focus is on the homebound in Kern County.

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.

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. Thousands of families with children received customized boxes of food or requested toys. The goal is to fulfill the wish list.

Assistance League-Bakersfield
Main address is 1924 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. Phone (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.

Upside Academy
Call (661) 281-5007
They hold a small Neighborhood event. A free Christmas box with groceries, small gifts, toys and more is offered on a first-come, served basis.

Active 20-30 Club of Bakersfield
They have an Christmas Experience for low income, unemployed and struggling families or single parents. There may be free Christmas gift cards,

Kern County Sheriff’s Office and Bakersfield Police Department
They pass out free holiday food baskets, including at Christmas. There may be groceries, turkeys, meat, dessert and more. The High Desert Distribution is also a partner. High Desert can be reach at (661) 832-5101, or the local police have information on dates as well.

Collaborative toy-give-away
Dial  661-378-5448 or 661-363-6190.
Several businesses and charities provide free gifts to children from low income families. Toys, games, clothes, sporting equipment and more is provided. The partners include Living Stones for Christ, Bakersfield Police Department, Kingdom Connections Ministries, MASK, and others.

By Jon McNamara

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