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Madera County free holiday assistance.

Both free food and gifts can be provided at Christmas and/or Thanksgiving. There are a few charities and non-profits in Madera County that help low income families, seniors, and the disabled, and the goal is to spread holiday cheer. Find places for free Christmas toys, holiday meals, and even groceries below.

Applications are needed in October or so, with thousands of kids as well as struggling families getting help each year. The tree main holiday resources include:

-The free annual Marine Corps and partner Toys for Tots programs, which is new unwrapped gifts, dolls, games, books, and more for children.
-Salvation Army Angel Tree.

-Meals, food, Thanksgiving turkeys, and maybe free small gifts from pantries and food banks.

As noted, assistance is first come and served. Apply early for any Christmas help in Madera County, as resources are low and demand is high.

Toys for Tots – Several businesses and charity help collect new, unwrapped toys. They also take cash donations. Applications are accepted in October. Then, in December of each year, kids from low income families in Madera County, immigrants, and students can be given free Christmas gifts, toys, books, games, clothes, and more.  Find more information and apply here

Madera County Salvation Army Angel Tree program – The Christian church faith group offers various assistance programs. One is holiday help. This will be free Christmas toys from Angel Tree, Thanksgiving turkey dinners, shelter, free groceries from pantries and more. There is also emergency financial help, clothing, school supplies, and more in addition to Christmas gifts. Continue with Salvation Army assistance in Madera County.





Two local food pantries and soup kitchens also may help during the holidays. There can be Thanksgiving or Christmas food, meats, dairy, treats, and all the toppings. Some of these pantries may have small gifts for kids, deliver frozen holiday food to seniors, and offer other support. Residents can try Yosemite Christian Center at 1201 E. Yosemite Ave. in Madera (call 559-646-3837) or Iglesia Fuente de Vida-Madera (phone 559-416-2729).

Additional financial aid and referrals in Madera County. Dial 1-866-559-4211. Low income families can learn about everything from rent help to food, Christmas trees or gift giveaways, and other resources for both the holidays and year round.

By Jon McNamara

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