Los Angeles free Christmas and holiday assistance.

Low income families in Los Ageless may be able to receive assistance around Christmas from non-profits, charities, churches, and other organizations. The holiday programs may give free Christmas toys, gifts, games, clothes, food, meals and more. The resources focus on helping children, students, and seniors citizens that reside in the Los Angeles County area. While income limits need to be met, the organizations do try to ensure all families and children have some form of holiday joy.

The non-profits rely on donations from the community and depend on the time that volunteers contribute to the programs. So the exact type and amount of Christmas items provided will vary depending on those factors. Some examples of what can be provided across Los Angeles County include free meals, toys, gifts, clothing, and vouchers for basic needs. Some of the agencies may also employ staff and volunteers that can deliver goods to senior citizens and the homebound. If a center is not near you or is not able to help, then many of the non-profits also serve as a great place for referrals and information.

West Angeles Community Development Corporation
Address is 3045 Crenshaw Blvd.
Los Angeles California, 90016
Call (323) 733-8300 for information.

First United Methodist Church Of Compton
(310) 639-0775
The charity supports all of Los Angeles County. Free holiday assistance may be available for anyone that qualifies based on income and other factors. The programs can also provide Thanksgiving meals, Turkeys, toppings, and baskets.

Catholic Charities - Los Angeles Inc.
Location is 1531 James M. Wood Blvd.
Los Angeles California, 90015
Call (213) 251-3400  for information
Emergency services offered to the low income and working poor include food vouchers, free groceries, and also holiday baskets at both Christmas and Thanksgiving. The charity and its churches may also have referrals and information on other holiday programs.





There are several Catholic Charity centers that offer help around the holidays in Southern California, including in Santa Monica, Pasadena, eastern Los Angeles, and other area. There are local churches that are part of the charitable organization.

Harbor Interfaith Services Inc.
670 W. 9th St.
San Pedro CA, 90731
Main number is (310) 831-0603
This non-profit partners with other agencies and goes by many names, including Fish Emergency Center, Harbor Interfaith Shelter, and Urban Harvester Partner. Free Thanksgiving and Christmas assistance is provided, with emphasis on children in Los Angeles County. Baskets of food and hot meals are served. They may also contain toys for children 18 years and younger. Most of the services are available for residents of Torrance, Harbor City, Lomita, and San Pedro California.

Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza
Location of the center is 3650 W. Martin Luther King Blvd.
Los Angeles California, 90008
Phone (323) 290-6636 
Holiday gifts, the Anchors for Tots toy drive program, and other aid is available. The programs administered also accept and rely on Christmas gift donations. All goods are provided to low-income children, infants, and teenagers.

Salvation Army
There are several centers across Los Angeles County. They operate food pantries that may have holiday meals and groceries. Other Christmas programs can include the Angel Tree or Adopt a Family. The bottom line is that volunteers and case managers try to ensure every child has some type of gift (clothing or toys) to open around the Christmas season. So they provide free items to those that qualify.

Call a center near you, or some of the main phone numbers are (323) 759-7681, (323) 263-7577, or (213) 387-7278. There are also other Christmas assistance programs run by this Christian church based group, ranging from meals to seniors to small Christmas toys for newborns. More on Salvation Army in Los Angeles County.




L.A. County DPSS
Address is 2615 South Grand Avenue, 2nd Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90007-2608
Call (213) 744-4348
An Adopt a Family program is for low income families or those in poverty that are on government benefits. The Department of Social Services partners with charities to collect toys and games and provide them to children throughout the county that are part of the system. Clients of the holiday program often range from single moms to immigrants and the under-employed. Continue with Los Angeles public assistance programs.

Toys For Tots Foundation - US Marine Corps
Call 562-536-2253 or 626-398-0295.
The programs operates from several sites in the county. Gifts, clothing, and toys are collected from the public and distributed to individuals and organizations at Christmas time. Most of the items collected are for children under the age of 14 and they are provided to children from low income and unemployed families.

Bellflower Volunteer Center
16610 S. Clark Ave.
Bellflower CA, 90706
(562) 925-9003
Supports residents of Bellflower only. Service provided to the less fortunate include free holiday baskets at Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. They may contain food, groceries, toys and clothing for children of all ages.

Grace Resource Center
45134 N. Sierra Hwy.
Lancaster California, 93534
Call (661) 940-5272 for intake.
Over 30 churches in the Los Angeles County and Antelope Valley region support and contribute to this holiday program. It also relies heavily on volunteers. Meals, gifts, toys, diapers, and other aid is provided.





Urban Harvester Partner
(626) 444-7269
Help is provided to low income and less fortunate families with children. Assistance include Thanksgiving and Christmas baskets and the resources are limited to residents of El Monte and South El Monte California.

Referral hotline
Many other local LA County churches, charities, and non-profits hold Christmas toy giveaways. Or they pass out free gift certificates, clothes, games, books, wrapped presents and more to kids of all ages, whether they are immigrants or US citizens. For referrals to a site somewhere in Los Angeles, dial 211.


By Jon McNamara

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