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Lee County Florida free Christmas assistance programs.

Lee County Florida has several charities that provide assistance during Christmas. Low income families, including single moms and dads, can apply for toys, clothing, and other gift giving programs. The assistance available in the Fort Myers as well as Cape Coral region will also generally be offered along with a free, hot holiday meal.

There are many charities, including the Salvation Army of Lee County as well as the Toys for Tots service, that provide free Christmas gifts for children to open. Most of what is given out is donated, but there may be the following.

-Toys, such as dolls, trucks, board games.
-Clothing, including boots, hats, and jeans.
-Free Thanksgiving and Christmas meals or food baskets are passed out in Lee County.
-Educational supplies, such as books, electronics, and more.
-Specialty programs such as Angel Tree or Adopt a Family.

That is just a sample of the holiday assistance available. Applications are accepted during the late fall months.

Toys for Tots and the Salvation Army
2400 Edison Ave.
Fort Myers, FL 33901
Donations to this program include unwrapped gifts, toys, games, and more. There are also free Thanksgiving turkey dinners and food baskets. The Salvation Army in Lee County accepts applications from low income households with a child age 13 or under. To apply for this Christmas assistance program (or to donate) dial (239) 201-8980.

Lehigh Community Services
Address: 201 Plaza Dr
Lehigh Acres, Florida 33936
Phone number - (239) 369-5818
Appointments are needed. Everything from clothing at Christmas to furniture, school supplies, and financial aid is paid out by the non-profit. They also pass out emergency food boxes.




F.I.S.H. of SanCap
2430 Periwinkle Way
Sanibel FL, 33957
(239) 472-4775
They only assists families in Sanibel and Captiva Florida. There are free holiday food baskets for Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. Children may be given small gifts, and parents can also enroll into social services.

Fort Myers Christian Outreach Center
Main address: 3500 Fowler St.
Fort Myers, Florida 33901
(239) 481-6262
The Heavenly Manna pantry may have holiday meals, such as Turkeys and the toppings at Thanksgiving, and they offer other support.

Keiser University
9100 Forum Corporate Parkway.
Only military families can apply for Christmas help.

The Bridge Youth Center
Location is 1735 Jackson St
Fort Myers, FL 33901
Dial (239) 274-3437
A Christmas toy shop is open the holiday. Low cost gifts are sold to the public, with the possibility of some free items.

3H Exchange
Fort Myers families may be given Christmas assistance. The fire department and police also collect toys, games, and more through a donation service. There is also a focus on the homeless.

Cape Coral Fire Department
They only collect items. Individuals can drop off gift cards, unwrapped toys, hygiene items, and more. The sites include 4610 Coronado Parkway, 707 SW 1st St.; 4107 Pelican Blvd, 4610 Coronado Parkway, and about 10 other stations.







SVDP - Saint Vincent de Paul
The parishes and volunteers help the low income, poor, elderly and others. There are free groceries, including for holidays (Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas, etc.). Some clothes, small Christmas toys, books, electronics, and more. The elderly can get help too with hot meals or frozen holiday food. More on SVDP Lee County.

Toys for Tots of Lee County
Many charities, businesses, and volunteers participate. They give out free Christmas toys, gifts, and presents to less fortunate kids. There may be computers, clothes, gift certificates, legos, games, dolls, toy trucks, video games and much more. Apply here.

Salvation Army Services
1855 Boy Scout Dr.
Fort Myers, Florida 33907
Main intake number is (239) 628-1147
Everything from Adopt a Family to school supplies, free small toys for kids, and Christmas meals for senior citizens as well as the homeless is arranged.

Operation Santa from Children's Network of Southwest Florida
Address - 2232 Altamont Ave
Fort Myers, FL 33901
Call (239) 226-1524 for hours.
Existing clients of their programs may be given free gift certificates, clothing, and more based on what the child requests.

By Jon McNamara

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