Monroe County New York free Christmas and holiday programs.

Non-profit agencies in Monroe County provide assistance during the Christmas season and other holidays as well. They offer everything from toys to clothes or food baskets. A focus is on ensuring children, the disabled, and senior citizens receive support.

Most of the charity organizations only focus 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. 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. Additional information is below.

Baden Street Settlement
Address is 152 Baden Street
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.




Community Place of Greater Rochester
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

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

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 Avenue.
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
539 Joseph Avenue
Rochester, New York, 14605
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.

Irondequoit Community Cupboard
Dial (585) 336-9107




Toys for Tots
Address: 439 Paul Road, Naval and Marine Corps Reserve
Rochester, NY, 14624
Donations are used to help children, infants, and teenagers.

Cameron Community Ministries
(585) 254-2697
Thanksgiving and Christmas meals or services are run.

Salvation Army Centers
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 aid. Case management, shelter, and other help is provided in Monroe County as well. There are other locations in the county as well.

Town/Village of East Rochester
333 E Chestnut Street
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.

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 Street
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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