Lucas County free holiday and Christmas assistance programs.

It is possible to find help in Lucas County during the holiday season. Several churches, charities, and other agencies may have Christmas toy programs for kids, serve meals to the hungry or lonely, or provide other forms of assistance during the Christmas season. Note the resources, as well as application process, of each agency will vary widely.

The assistance is targeted mostly towards two groups, but anyone in the Toledo region can apply. Most of the gifts/presents are for children, and meals are for senior citizens as well as families with kids. Some examples of what is provided during the holidays is as follows.

-Lucas County toys for tots provide new Christmas gifts, including toys, personal items, and clothing.
-Adopt a Family may offer small gifts as well as meals to the low income household.
-Holiday food boxes during Thanksgiving may pass out Turkeys and the toppings.
-More is available as well, as noted below.

Salvation Army of Toledo
They offer several holiday programs. One, the Angel Tree, is when people buy gifts targeted for certain children. They also participate in Toys for Tots, which also provides free Christmas presents. The non-profit offers heating bill help, vouchers for medications or holiday meals, shelter, and more, often in partnership with Jobs and Family Service. When applying, individuals need proof of income as well as address and copies of birth certificates for children.

Augsburg Lutheran Church
1342 Sylvania Avenue
Toledo, Ohio 43612
Primary phone: (419) 478-2374
Providing free holiday food is the focus of this charity. They run the Breakfast with Santa program, which includes a hot meal, maybe small gifts for children, a church service, and pictures with Santa Claus.




City Mission of Findlay
Address: 510 West Main Cross Street
Findlay, OH 45840
Telephone number - (419) 423-9151
They focus on the Hancock County area of Toledo. A hot, free Christmas as well as Thanksgiving Meal is served. Clients are families living in poverty, the elderly, and even the homeless.

East Toledo Family Center
1001 White Street
Toledo, OH 43605
(419) 691-2254
A Christmas lunch is served to the elderly. The homebound may have a meal delivered to them by volunteer drivers.

Helping Hands of St. Louis Church
443 Sixth Street
Toledo, Ohio 43605
For information, call (419) 691-0613

Thomas Temple Church of God and Christ
Location - 2140 Ashland Avenue
Toledo, OH 43620
(419) 724-5493
Volunteers serve meals to the less fortunate. There are also gifts for kids, winter coats, boots, and other help provided to Lucas County families during Christmas.

Salvation Army Social Services of Bowling Green
1045 North Main Street Unit 8
Bowling Green, OH 43402
(419) 352-5918
This charity supports low income families in Wood County Ohio, and provides holiday, Christmas, and Thanksgiving assistance for them.




Salvation Army Port Clinton Service Center of Ottawa County
1854 East Perry Street Suite 800
Port Clinton, Ohio 43452
(419) 732-2769
The programs, including Adopt a Family, provide free toys, winter coats, hats, mittens, boots and food.

FOP 40 Charities
Address is 255 Gradolph Street
Toledo, Ohio 43612
Main phone - (419) 578-7800
Residents can enroll into a service known as Shop With a Cop Holiday Assistance. Underprivileged children can get help in shopping (and paying for) hats, winter coats, gloves, boots, socks, games, and Christmas gifts.


By Jon McNamara

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