Marion County Florida free holiday and Christmas assistance.

Marion County Florida families with children as well as the elderly can apply for the various Christmas assistance programs that operate in the area. The charities that administer them offer free gifts, presents, food baskets, and more to the less fortunate. They also serve holiday meals to anyone that is in need of one, including the homeless.

The main organizations in the Ocala area include the Salvation Army as well as Toys for Tots. The local sheriff's office is another key participant. These groups collect toys from the community. They also screen applications from struggling families, and for those that qualify, free toys, clothing, games, and even gift certificates may be passed out.

Another resources for both Thanksgiving and Christmas assistance may be a local food pantry. While these mostly focus on passing out free food (such as turkeys and meals) some also have small holiday gift-giveaway programs for children in Marion County.

Salvation Army - Center Of Hope
320 NW First Avenue
Ocala, Florida 34475
Main phone number is (352) 732-8326
The charity process applications for the Angel Tree free Christmas toy program. A soup kitchen also serves Thanksgiving and other holiday meals. Case managers also refer clients to other social services.

St. Theresa Social Services
Location is 11528 US-301
Belleview Florida 34420
Phone - (352) 245-2458
They cover the zip codes of 32133, 32195, 34421, 34420, 34491, & 34492. Free Toys, clothes, Christmas gifts, and more are for kids as part of Toys for Tots.

 

 

 

 

Toys for Tots - United Way
Marion County Florida residents can get referral. The text number is 898-211. Free Christmas toys for kids may be offered by churches, shelters, and other charity groups. This United states Marine Corp sponsored program accepts applications in the fall for families with kids under the age of 13. There may be clothing, games, bikes, and many other gifts given out (when funding allows).

Helping Hands of Ocala
Existing clients only can call (352) 732-4464
Note that children of currently enrolled families can get help at Christmas. Games, books, educational material, and other goods are provided.

Marion County Sheriff's Office
They are a full participant in holiday toy drives. The organization collects gifts, coordinates fund raisers, and supports low income families at Christmas. Wal-Mart and Publix are key donors to their service. For information, contact the toys for Tots referral service above.

Silver Springs Shores Resource Center
463 Emerald, Ocala, Florida 34472
Main phone number is 352-687-0350
The charity supports low income families, the working poor and others in the zip codes of 32179, 32183, 34471, 32111, & 34472. Get everything from books for Christmas to toys for boys or girls, infant supplies, and more. Based on donation levels.

Soup Kitchen at Brothers Keeper
Location is 435 NW 2nd St
Ocala, Florida 34475
Main number is (352) 629-1292
The homeless and people in poverty can get Easter, Thanksgiving, or Christmas meals. there may be small gifts, clothes at Christmas, or toys given to homeless children. More information on Ocala Brothers Keepers holiday assistance.

 

 

 

Brother's Keeper
Address is 2 W. Fort King St.
Ocala, Fl. 34471
Telephone number is 352-622-3846

 

By Jon McNamara

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