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Free Christmas and holiday programs Monroe County New York.

Charities and churches in Monroe County provide assistance during the Christmas and Thanksgiving season as well as other holidays. They offer everything from free Christmas toys to gifts, clothes, food baskets Thanksgiving turkeys or food baskets. A focus is on ensuring children, the disabled, and senior citizens in Rochester NY and the county receive support.

Most of the churches as well as charity organizations only focus their free holiday programs on a certain area, such as a helping children or seniors that live in a certain neighborhood in Rochester. They also have a formal application process in place for programs such as Toys for Tots, Adopt a Family or Angel Tree. However for those that qualify, they may receive gift cards to buy a toy or meal, items for a stocking, or needed items, such as winter coats.

The hours and enrollment period for these holiday programs is limited. Be prepared with proof of income, identification, residency, and more. When qualified, children can be given free Christmas presents, clothes, books, games, dolls, Legos and more. Additional information is below. Or find national places for free Christmas presents.

Baden Street Settlement
Address is 152 Baden St, Rochester, NY 14605.  The phone number is (585) 325-4910
This charity only provides coverage to Inner Loop (south), E. Ridge Road (north), St Paul Street (west), Portland Avenue/CarterStreet (east) as well as the zip codes of 14605, 14604 and 14621.

St. Peter's Kitchen
Address: 681 Brown Street, Rochester, New York, 14611. Phone - 585-235-6511

This program is for women, single moms, and parents with children. Donations allow the charity to provide gifts as well as Christmas meal baskets to the working poor or homeless. There may be free Christmas stocking stuffers for kids, Christmas tree decorations and other goods.

Community Place of Greater Rochester
145 Parsells Avenue Rochester, NY 14609. The phone number is (585) 288-0021 and 327-7200
Small toys for children are combined with meals and food baskets.
Zip codes covered are 14609, parts of 14605, 14607, 14610, and 14621




Salvation Army Centers
There are multiple locations. One is at 100 West Avenue. Telephone number - (585) 987-9500
Christmas programs range from Angel Tree to Adopt a Family. The non-profit helps hundreds of children by giving coats, gifts, boots, and other forms of support to the low income. Free Thanksgiving meals, toys, books, games, clothes and more may be given out at Christmas too. Case management, shelter, and other help is provided in Monroe County as well. There are other locations in the county as well. Continue with Salvation Army free holiday programs Monroe County NY.

House of Mercy
Location - 725 Hudson Avenue, Rochester, NY, 14621. Telephone: 585-546-2580
The charity has holiday meal baskets for Monroe County families living in poverty, as resources allow.

Rush Henrietta Area Food Terminal
Henrietta, NY, 14467
There is emergency food in Monroe County, along free holiday food baskets, turkey dinners, desserts, toppings and more.

Pirate Toy Fund
The charity is at 1453 E Main St, Rochester, NY 14609. Call (585) 271-5519
They give out free toys year round, including for Christmas or birthdays. There may be bicycles, games, video consoles, tablets, barbue dolls and more. Low-income families in Rochester NY can get free toys for their kids from the fund.

Mission Share Outreach Center
10 Cedarfield Commons, Rochester, New York 14612. Main phone - 585-368-0744
Children under the age of 15 can get assistance from the Christmas Hope Program. Free food, meals, toys, and more may be provided.

WWEM Community Services
Dial (585) 235-4494, or make an appointment at 350 Chili Ave. Rochester, NY 14611-2569.
Coverage area is zip codes of 14428, 14514, 14546, 14559, 14606, 14608, 14611, 14614, 14619, and 14623.
Toys, gift cards, food, and more. The elderly in Rochester that are clients can inquire into the delivery of a Christmas or Thanksgiving meal.





Catholic Family Center
 87 N Clinton Ave, Rochester, NY 14604. Dial 585-546-7220
Registered clients can sign up for the holiday programs. Bread baskets, meals, and more is offered on a case by case basis. Donations fund this. Find more details on Rochester NY Catholic Charities assistance programs.

Irondequoit Community Cupboard
Location is 4275 Culver Rd
, Rochester, NY 14622. Dial (585) 336-9107

Monroe County New York free Toys for Tots
Donations are used to help children, infants, and teenagers. There are dozens of application sites, including Rochester Christian Center, Gateway to Heaven Church, Pathstone. Rise up, and more. Children can get games, books, toy trucks, dolls, electronics and other goods. There are free Christmas toys for tots for kids from single mom or dad room homes, the working poor, unemployed and others. Apply here -

The Store House
Address is 1010 East Ave, Rochester, NY 14607. Call 585-473-0950
The non-profit operates a free clothing bank/closet for the low income. Free toys, books, games, furniture, and other items may be given out, including some during the Christmas holiday season.

Cameron Community Ministries
Location is 48 Cameron St, Rochester, NY 14606. Phone - (585) 254-2697
A major focus is on immigrants. Thanksgiving and Christmas meals or services are run.

Town/Village of East Rochester
120 W Commercial St, East Rochester, NY 14445. They only support families in the town. Dial 585-586-0525
The government may have a free Christmas basket with toys for children. They also accept donations of holiday food, money, clothes, and other toys for kids.

Catholic Charities of Rochester Diocese
1150 Buffalo Road, Pastoral Center, Rochester, New York, 14624. Main phone - 585-328-3228
The churches that are part of this Monroe County charity help the low income and working poor. Young children can get a toy, and single moms may receive food. Other social services are offered too.





Antioch Baptist Church
304 Joseph Ave, Rochester, NY 14605. Dial (585) 454-6096
They are an Adopt a Family - Toys for Tots site. The poor, low income and others can get everything from free Christmas gifts to toys, games, Thanksgiving meals and other help.

Charles Settlement House
Address: 71 Parkway, Rochester, NY, 14608. Dial 585-277-0810 for information.
Both Thanksgiving and Christmas meal/small gift baskets are available in Monroe County from the non-profit.

Rochester Family Mission
Address is 388 Tremont St, Rochester, NY 14608. Call (585) 436-7523
Toys, gifts, food baskets, and other Christmas help is offered. There are also free Thanksgiving turkey meals. Covers 14606, 14608, 14611, and 14619 zip codes.


By Jon McNamara


















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