Mecklenburg County and Charlotte free Christmas and holiday resources.

Low income families with children as well as seniors have several charities in the Mecklenburg County region that they can contact for Christmas and other holiday assistance. While the focus is on children and the elderly in the community, others who are struggling may be able to get help as well, such as a free Christmas toy for a kid, hot meal, food basket, and similar goods.

Most of the holiday programs, such as those from the Salvation Army, operate based on the generosity of donations and people from the community. So as resources allow, some of what may be passed out during the holidays include free toys, gifts, shoes, games and toys.

Many of the organizations will also serve hot meals, especially at Thanksgiving or Christmas time. Very few restrictions are in place for a holiday food program. They may also pass out boxes of groceries or food items to families from the greater Charlotte region.

The Salvation Army Christmas Bureau
Main address is 801 E. Arrowood Blvd.
Charlotte, North Carolina 28217
Call (704) 714-4708
This location covers both Mecklenburg and nearby Union County. The Christmas Bureau, as a result of the Angel Tree and Silver Bells, has new free gifts, toys and similar items for qualified low income families. Seniors can get items too. Turkeys may be served at Thanksgiving. Other holiday meals may be offered as well, and there may be Easter celebrations held. More information on Salvation Army holiday assistance in Mecklenburg County.

Saint Patrick's Cathedral
The holiday program is run from 1621 Dilworth Rd. E.
Charlotte, NC 28203
Main phone - (704) 334-2283
They serve a free Christmas dinner and also provide meals to seniors and the homebound. Meals are served at the school cafeteria. Volunteers are always needed from the Mecklenburg County region.





New Outreach Ministries
Main address is 3900 Gossett Road
Charlotte, NC 28208
Dial (704) 398-1777
The doors of this charity are open with food, holiday programs, and Christian ministry on every major holiday, including Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.

Samaritan's Purse
P.O. Box 3000
Boone, NC 28607
(828) 262-1980
Operation Christmas Child is run for those recovering from a disaster, immigrants, or refugees.

Berean Seventh Day Adventist Church
1332 Oaklawn Avenue
Charlotte, NC 28206
(704) 377-4741
The Community Service Center has a food pantry, clothing bank, and other basic needs. During the holidays, Mecklenburg County families can receive free toys or holiday gift baskets. It is for children or teenagers at Christmas. Clients can't be receiving assistance at Salvation Army.

All Gains no Loses
123 Barrington Drive
Charlotte, North Carolina, 28215
Dial 980-636-9963
The charity is also part of Toys for Tots, in which donated toys and clothing are given to children from the Charlotte region.

Assembly of Christian churches
Address - 100 Ann Marie Dr
Charlotte, North Carolina, 28217
Phone - 980-333-9365
As part of USMC programs, children can be given (for free) new, wrapped gifts. There are items for boys, girls, Christmas presents, and other support provided.





Charlotte Rescue Mission
907 W. First St.
Charlotte, North Carolina 28233
Phone - (704) 334-4635
Most of the holiday programs are focused on the homeless in the county. Free hot meals, companionship, and other aid is offered.

Marine Corps Reserve runs the Toys for Tots in Mecklenburg County
6115 N. Hills Cir., Suite B
Charlotte, NC 28213
(704) 598-0015
Donations from the community, such as toys, gifts, and winter clothing, is given to children, infants, and youth.. Application sites include:

  • New Heaven Ministry, dial 704-651-6898.
  • Parkwood CME Church, 802 Tom hunter Road, Charlotte, North Carolina, 28213, Telephone - 704-231-8313.
  • Refuge House of God, 3801-A Glenwood Drive, Charlotte, North Carolina, 28208m call 704-697-9752.
  • Team Trublue, 540 Heatherbrook Ave, Charlotte, North Carolina, 28213, call 980-348-2781.
  • The Rock Worship Center COGIC, 1113 Fordham Road, Charlotte, North Carolina, 28208, phone 704-258-0243.
  • Core Church International is at 2300 Alleghany St., Charlotte, North Carolina, 28208, dial 704-579-4107.
  • Genesis Project Family Wellness Center, 5104 Reagan DR. #5, Charlotte, North Carolina, 28206, main phone 704-596-0505.
  • Ggabe's Heart Foundation, 13925 Erwin Rd. Charlotte, North Carolina, 28273, dial 704-962-7161.
  • Steele Creek Church of Charlotte, 1929 W Arrowood Rd., Charlotte, North Carolina, 28217, phone 704-804-9819.

Greater Temple Baptist Church
216 Bradford Drive
Charlotte, North Carolina, 28208
Dial 704-399-0509
They accept applications for the Mecklenburg County free Toys for Tots program. It is for single moms, the working poor, and kids from very low income families.




Crisis Assistance Ministry is a charity that help families living in poverty as well as single moms among others. Assistance ranges from free Christmas toys, books, and games for kids to food and even Thanksgiving meals. They also offer financial aid, counseling, and other social services. Low income families can get both help at Christmas and year round. More on Crisis Assistance Ministry programs.

Greater Charlotte Salvation Army
A second center is at 4335 Stuart Andrew Blvd., Suite 120
Charlotte, NC 28217
(704) 334-4731
This non-profit now focuses on lower income neighborhoods. Other holiday programs are for single parents, the homeless, and mothers. The elderly in Mecklenburg can benefit from home delivered meals and holiday companionship. There are special holiday parties and celebrations held as well.

By Jon McNamara

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