Knox County Tennessee free Christmas and holiday assistance.

Volunteer, charities and businesses from across Knox County Tennessee collect toys and boxes of food from the public. Find where to get free Christmas toys, holiday meals (including at Thanksgiving), and Toys for Tots applications among other resources in the Knoxville area. The items are passed out to needy families during Christmas or other holidays. The generosity of the community will often allow a child to get a free toy to open under the Christmas tree, or maybe the family will now have a meal.

There are resources available, such as the CARE 365 Christmas program as well as Adopt a Family from the Salvation Army. Any type of resources (such as clothes, gifts, and presents) are generally given out on a first come and served basis, and the number of families assisted will be based on the donation levels.

Whether it is a toy for a child under the age of 15, a free Turkey for Thanksgiving meals, or other Christmas gifts, the main charities to try are below. Do not hesitate to apply, as thousands of Knox County Tennessee families that are facing a crisis benefit from these holiday programs.

CARE 365 Christmas
Address is 407 Canton Hollow Road
Knoxville, Tennessee 37934
Phone - 865-966-2273
They need volunteers and donations. Not only may a present be given to a child, but volunteers will often deliver Christmas gifts to the needy, including senior citizens and the homebound in Knox County.

Knoxville-Knox County Community Action Committee
Location is 2247 Western Ave
Knoxville, TN 37921
(865) 524-2786
Home Delivered Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Meals are for the homebound. A small donation is appreciated. Senior citizens and the disabled may be given a frozen Christmas meal and a visitor to check in on them as part of Meals on Wheels.





Knox County Family Resource Center
1714 Mingle Avenue
Knoxville, Tennessee 37921
Phone - (865) 594-1192
Volunteers distribute donated toys, clothing, food, and toys at Christmas to qualified, low income families.

U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program
The main office is at 2101 Alcoa Highway, Knoxville, Tennessee 37920, however families need to enroll online. If qualified, there may be toys, games, and other gifts provided to children under the age of 13 as well as infants.  Call 211.

Salvation Army Seasonal Programs
Multiple locations
There are a few centers in Knox County. As part of the Social Services run by the charity, one program is Adopt a Family. This means that struggling parents or the unemployed can sign up, and maybe their child will be given a toy. Or the entire household will be given a free box of food for preparing a Christmas meal. Find Knox County Salvation Army programs.

Mission of Hope
P.O. Box 51824
Knoxville, Tennessee 37950
Phone: 865-584-7571
Basic need programs range from free Christmas toys to Back to School. Children from households living in poverty or facing an emergency can be given a gift, clothing, winter hat, and more.





Empty Stocking Fund
This is run by the local newspaper. The goal of ESF is to provide toys or food to the low income in East Tennessee or Knox County during the holidays, including both Christmas and Thanksgiving.

Catholic Charities of Knox County
The various churches give out free food boxes and serve meals to the low income, unemployed, and struggling families. Or get gift cards, free Christmas gifts, games or books, Thanksgiving turkey meals, furniture, and even financial aid. More on Catholic Charities Knoxville.

Gods Place
Main address - 5925 Chapman Hwy
Knoxville, Tennessee 37920
(865) 604-8077
Low cost toys, gifts, clothing, furniture and more can be sold during the holiday months. They operate a Thrift Store, so while items may be sold, they do need to be bought by the parent.

By Jon McNamara

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