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Los Angeles County free Christmas and holiday assistance.

Low income families in Los Ageless can receive assistance around Christmas and Thanksgiving from charities, churches, and other organizations. Find holiday programs that give free Christmas toys, gifts, games, clothes, food, meals and more. The resources, including Toys for Tots and Angel Tree, focus on helping children, students, and seniors citizens that reside in the Los Angeles County area both at Thanksgiving and Christmas. While income limits need to be met, the organizations do try to ensure all families and children have some form of holiday joy and holiday help is for Spanish speakers and immigrants as well.

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, or Thanksgiving Turkeys 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 or 323-751-3440 for information.

First United Methodist Church Of Compton
Location is 1025 S Long Beach Blvd, Compton, CA 90221. Call (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. The Division HQ main intake number is (562) 264-3600. or some of the main phone numbers are (323) 263-7577 (East LA), 310-451-1358 (Beach area) or (213) 387-7278 (downtown). 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
The programs operates from several sites in the county. Gifts, clothing, and toys are collected from the public and distributed to individuals as well as 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. Get Legos, clothes, video games, matchbox cars and many other free toys for kids from low income families. Immigrants in LA can apply and all applications are in Spanish too.

There are additional free Toys for Tots programs in LA. Or for more details dial Call 562-536-2253 or 626-398-0295.

Los Angeles County applications for free toys
Each of these charities or non-profits takes applications to programs such as Toys for Tots. Children under the age of 14 can be given books, games, trucks for boys, tablets, dolls, clothes and more. Any free Christmas help is first come-served.

  • Aaron Community Cultural Center, Gardena, CA 90249, phone 1.800.527.4184
  • Great Commission Worship Center C.O.G.I.C., 10346 East Avenue R , Littlerock, California 93543. Call (661) 944-3700
  • Greater Bethlehem Temple Church address is 1010 E Hyde Park Blvd, Inglewood, CA 90302. Phone: (310) 674-6422
  • Antelope Valley Partners for Health is at 44226 10th St W, Lancaster, CA 93534. Call (661) 942-4719
  • Iglesia Bautista La Voluntad de Dios offers Toys for Tots from 136 E Ave 45, Los Angeles, CA 90031. Phone (323) 947-3746
  • San Fernando Valley LGBT Community, 11243 Glenoaks Blvd. #11, Pacoima, California, 91331. Main number is 818-723-0875 or (747) 210-7233
  • Immigrants Charitable Foundation location is 5101 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90029. Main phone number is (213) 325-5056





Bellflower Volunteer Center
16610 S. Clark Ave., Bellflower CA, 90706. Phone number is (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.

Cornerstone Christian Center
Address is 1745 E 18th St, Antioch, CA 94509. Call (925) 779-2010
Most of the assistance is free holiday food (Easter, Thanksgiving or Christmas). So small toys or stocking stuffers may be offered.

Los Angeles SVDP
The Society of Saint Vincent is made up of local churches and volunteers. They help the poor, homeless, immigrants and others with basic needs, including at the holidays. Free food boxes, turkey dinners, small gifts or toys for kids, and a low cost thrift store are all offered. Some parents or single moms may also be given free gift cards for Christmas. More on SVDP Los Angeles assistance programs.

World Harvest Food Bank
Address is 3100 Venice Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90019. Call (213) 746-2227
There are free Christmas gifts, toys, books, games and more for girls and boys under the age of 13. Or get free gift cards for toys, free holiday food boxes in Los Angeles County and Thanksgiving turkey dinners too.

Hollywood Food Coalition
Location is 5939 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028. Call (323) 462-2032
Among other programs are free Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas meals.

Catholic Charities LA County holiday programs
Location is 1531 James M Wood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015. Call (213) 251-3400
Many programs, including holiday assistance, is offered. They help refugees, immigrants, women facing DV and others get financial help as well as Christmas presents for their kids. There are multiple churches that are part of Catholic Charities in Los Angeles; the main intake customer service center is listed above. Get free holiday food baskets, small toys, stocking stuffers, jackets and so much more.

Hollywood United Methodist Church
Address is 6817 Franklin Ave, Los Angeles, California 90028. Dial (323) 874-2104
The church only gives assistance to residents in the Hollywood area.

El Monte-South El Monte Association - Urban Harvester Partner
Location is 9251 Garvey Ave, South El Monte, CA 91733. Dial (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 (including the local citywide fire departments per below). 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.

  • LA County Fire Departments
    Almost all of them collect money, Christmas gifts, clothes and more. The fire department then distributes them to kids for the holidays. Children from single mother or dad run homes, immigrants homeless kids and others can get free Christmas help. Lego, shoes, sneakers, electronics, tablets, and so much more is offered from the Sparks of Love program.

VOA - Volunteers of America
Free personal stuff may be offered. This may be birthday or Christmas toys, hygiene or household cleaning supplies, food or groceries, detergent, and other staples. This can also be a form of holiday help. More on assistance from Los Angeles County VOA.


By Jon McNamara

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