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Get free holiday and Christmas assistance in Trenton and Mercer County.

Assistance programs are available during the holidays, including Easter and Christmas. Charities, churches and non-profits in Mercer County such as free Toys for Tots help children and low income families. Find where to get free holiday food baskets, Christmas gift, Thanksgiving turkey dinners, hot meals and other help.

Each year thousands of families (and children) from Trenton New Jersey and Mercer County get help. There is Salvation Army which gives out free holiday meals as well as Christmas toys or clothes from Angel Tree. Catholic Charities and Toys for Tots (among other non-profits in Trenton) also provide free Christmas toys, books, clothes, electronics and even gift cards.

Most of the assistance goes to children under the age of 17. The exact free toys, food baskets, Christmas presents or holiday meal programs also rely on donations from the greater Mercer County community. This means each applicant will have some flexibility in what they request, but Christmas and Thanksgiving programs are limited.

Catholic Charities Diocese of Trenton
132 N Warren St
Trenton, NJ 08608
Call (609) 406-7400
The Mercer County charity offers Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas assistance programs. Any race or religion can apply. Free food baskets, meat such as ham or turkey, hot Thanksgiving meals, and small Christmas toys as well as stocking stuffers for kids may be offered.

Salvation Army – Trenton and Mercer County
575 East State St
Trenton, NJ 08601
Assistance programs include financial help as well as free Thanksgiving food baskets/meals and Angel Tree – Adopt a Family at Christmas. The poor, homeless, low income, single moms and others can apply. Christmas toys are for kids under the age of 15.





Toys for Tots of Mercer County and West Trenton
US Marine Corps works with companies, volunteers, and charities. New, unwrapped toys or collected then given out (for free) at Christmas. Toy Trucks, Legos, clothing, dolls, electronics, shoes, video games and more may be offered. Phone number is (609) 316-2805, or Learn more.

Arm In Arm
Address is 123 E Hanover St
Trenton, New Jersey 08608
(609) 396-9355
A free food pantry for holiday groceries is on site. Also free hygiene supplies. Meat, soup, Thanksgiving turkeys, produce, pies, ShopRite gift certificates and more may be on site. Volunteers may also deliver holiday meals to the homebound. Small Christmas toys for children too, including items such as puzzles, Learning Toys, board games and more.

Mount Carmel Guild
73 N Clinton Ave
Trenton, NJ 08609
(609) 392-5159
Programs include free Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas help. Groceries, food, toys, games and more for qualified low income families. Continue with Mount Carmel Guild programs.

Haitian Center and the Diocese of Trenton
Main office is 530 S Olden Ave
Trenton, New Jersey 08629
Haitians can call (609) 588 – 8808
They only help the Haitian community. Free food, meals, housing, ethnic groceries and even free Christmas toys or presents. Kids, youth, and the Haitian community can turn to it for holiday joy.

By Jon McNamara

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