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Free Holiday and Christmas assistance programs Madison County Alabama.

Find where and how to get free Christmas toys, gifts and meals (including at Thanksgiving) in the Huntsville region. Many of the Madison County Alabama families seeking assistance at the holidays are lead by single mothers or the working poor, and they can enroll into free Toys for Tots or Angel Tree programs. Others that need help at Christmas are senior citizens looking for companionship, grandparents raising their grandchildren, or the underemployed.

When possible, free gifts, clothing, gift certificates, toys such as Legos or dolls and meals are served to Huntsville area families regardless of their age, race, or religion. There may be the chance for a free laptop or computer for those that donated them. One of the main services is free toys for tots from the Marine Corps and Salvation Army. Or learn more on free computers.

Several of the charities in the area run an Angel Tree program. This is not limited to the Salvation Army. This service uses donated toys, bikes, games, shoes, and more, and those items are then given to children based on their requests. But there are many other assistance programs that can also help low income families during the holiday season, whether it is Thanksgiving or Christmas.

For more details on the Madison County resources, see below. When applying for a free toy, bring proof of income, residency, and proof of need. Most of the holiday programs are first-come and served in Huntsville.

Christmas Charities Year Round
Location is 3054 Leeman Ferry Rd SW Suite P, Huntsville, AL 35801. Dial (256) 837-2373
This program targets the vulnerable. Children of single moms may be given a toy or there is Christmas assistance for low to moderate income families with foster children. Others can apply as well for gifts, food, or free toys.

Operation Believe - Exodus Inc.
The charity is at 1800 Sparkman Dr NW, Huntsville, AL 35816. Telephone number is (256) 721-1544
A version of the Angel Tree program is available in Madison County. The non-profit only serves a limited region, based on zip codes.

 

 

 

Salvation Army Huntsville
Main address is 2114 Oakwood Avenue, Huntsville, AL 35810. Dial (256) 536-5576
Members of the community “adopt” a family or children can enroll into Angel Tree. Free gifts, games, dolls for girls, and more may be provided to children under the age of 13. There is also a clothing center, case management, and financial help as well as holiday food baskets across Madison County. Other resources can be provided too from the Salvation Army free Christmas assistance programs.

Downtown Rescue Mission Inc.
Main address is 1400 Evangel Drive N.W. , Huntsville, Alabama 35811. Call (256) 536-2441
Both Thanksgiving programs and free Christmas meals as well as stockings are provided.

Memorial Rescue Mission
2110 South Memorial Parkway, Huntsville, AL 35801. Main phone - (256) 503-4848
Emergency Christmas and holiday toy programs are administered.

Operation Stand Down
Address is 2007 Poole Dr NW Ste B, Huntsville, AL 35810. Phone (256) 517-8171 or (256) 527-9643
Veterans in Madison County, their spouses, and children can be assisted. There is not only Christmas gifts, clothes, and food, but also information on other aid for those that were in the military, such as housing or food stamps.

Whitesburg Baptist Church
Address is 6806 Whitesburg Dr, Huntsville, AL 35802. Call(256) 881-0952
They have a free Clothing closet. It may have seasonal items, such as gifts, toys, games, and more for low-income or struggling households. Some birthday toys, books, and other supplies may be offered too.

Manna House
Address is 2110 Memorial Pkwy SW, Huntsville, AL 35801. Call (256) 503-4848
Christmas food and emergency toys are given. Meals, free food, and groceries will tend to be given out a week or so in advance of the holiday. One free book, toy, stuffed animal, or game is given if the low income Madison County family has not received help from another charity, church, or program.

 

 

 

 

Second Mile Development - The Neighborhood Store
2815 University Drive, Huntsville, AL 35816-2565. Main phone: (256) 536-1953
The organization runs a low priced store, known as Secret Santa's Shop. It sells gifts to families at a low price. So there is a cost involved. However Madison County residents who volunteer may be given a free gift card to use to pay for toys, clothes and more.

Madison County - Charity and US Marine Reserve Toys For Tots
3506 So. Memorial Parkway
Huntsville, Alabama 35801
Apply online. New toys may be passed out across Huntsville. The items will be unwrapped and customized to meet the request of the child. Free Christmas gifts can be books, electronics, games, clothes and more for kids under the age of 17. There are free presents for buys and girls, children of single moms and anyone in need - as donations allow. Or apply here. https://huntsville-al.toysfortots.org/local-coordinator-sites/lco-sites/default.aspx?nPageID=100&nPreviewInd=200&nRedirectInd=3.

 

By Jon McNamara

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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