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Free Christmas and holiday assistance Mecklenburg County and Charlotte.

Low income families with children as well as seniors have several charities in the Mecklenburg County region that they can contact for free Christmas, Thanksgiving and other holiday assistance. Find where to get free Christmas gifts, applications to Toys for Tots, grocery or holiday food boxes and more below. While the focus is on children and the elderly in the Charlotte NC community, others who are struggling may be able to get help as well. Learn about Angel Tree, Adopt a Family and other holiday resources.

Most of the holiday programs, such as those from the Salvation Army, operate based on the generosity of donations as well as 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. Children from age 0 to as old as 17 may get free gifts such as Legos, tablets, video games or consoles, books, sporting goods, dolls and more.

Many of the organizations will also serve hot meals, especially at Thanksgiving or Christmas time. Very few restrictions are in place for a free holiday food program in Mecklenburg County. They may also pass out boxes of groceries or food items to families from the greater Charlotte region. Or learn more on places for free stuff near you .

The Salvation Army Christmas Programs
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. Free turkeys may be served at Thanksgiving. Other holiday meals may be offered as well, and there may be Easter celebrations held.

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.

  • Main address is 801 E. Arrowood Blvd., Charlotte, North Carolina 28217. Call (704) 716-2643 or (704) 714-4708
  • Another Salvation Army holiday center is at 4015 Stuart Andrew Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28217. Call (704) 334-4731
  • There are other locations. More information on Salvation Army holiday assistance in Mecklenburg County and learn how they can help.

 

 

 

Saint Patrick's Cathedral
The holiday program is run from 1621 Dilworth Road East. Charlotte, NC 28203. 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. Kids may get free Christmas stocking stuffers or candy, and single moms or the homeless in Charlotte can also get help.

Berean Seventh Day Adventist Church
1801 Double Oaks Rd, Charlotte, NC 28206. Dial (704) 377-6313
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
8416 Pinstripe Ln, Charlotte, NC 28227. Call (919) 806-6365
The charity is also part of Toys for Tots, in which donated toys and clothing are given to children from the Charlotte region. 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
3815 N Tryon St, Charlotte, NC 28206. 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. There may be free Thanksgiving turkey dinners, small gifts, Christmas decorations and basic needs for the holiday.

Free Toys for Tots in Mecklenburg County
Donations from the community, such as toys, gifts, and winter clothing, is given to children, infants, and youth Low-incoem parents may be given free Christmas toys for their kids. There may be clothes, matchbox cars, Barbie dolls and more. Registrations and applications are done online.

 

 

 

 

Additional Toys for Tots application sites include the following. They all rely on donations from corporations, the general population and others. Kids the Mecklenburg County may also get free help from one of these locations.

  • New Heaven Ministry, dial 704-651-6898 or (980) 474-1160
  • Parkwood CME Church, 802 Tom hunter Road, Charlotte, North Carolina, 28213, Telephone - (704) 921-4915
  • Refuge House of God, 3801-A Glenwood Drive, Charlotte, North Carolina, 28208. Call (704) 697-9752
  • Core Church International is at 2300 Alleghany St., Charlotte, North Carolina, 28208, dial (980) 202-2147 or 704-579-4107.
  • Genesis Project Family Wellness Center, 5104 Reagan DR. #5, Charlotte, North Carolina, 28206, main phone 704-596-0505.
  • 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. There are also free holiday food boxes and other resources.

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.

Kids First of the Carolinas
Call (704) 840-5318
They help kids in the Mecklenburg County area. Everything from bicycles or birthday toys to Christmas presents, gift certificates and other items may be offered. There are even free holiday parties for children, the elderly and others in need in the area.

 

 

 

 

Other charities and government entities
Many of these try, as donations allow, to help kids get Xmas gifts from working poor families. There may be free toys, games, and gender specific gifts. There are even holiday parties or year round support in some cases.  Dial 211 for application sites.

    HopeMatch is a volunteer driven agency. They have many services, ranging from free back to school supplies to Christmas gifts and Adopt a Family services. There is also project Celebrate for birthday parties and gifts.

    ​​Charlotte-Mecklenburg Explorer Christmas Project - The police as well as fire department provide free Christmas toys or gifts to less fortunate children in the city of Charlotte NC only. The program is known as Explorers Christmas Project. The stuff provided is collected from the public as part of Angel Tree. There may be clothes, Christmas tree decorations, board games, hygiene supplies and more..

By Jon McNamara

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