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Montgomery County and Dayton Ohio free Christmas and holiday assistance.

There are several charities and churches that offer free holiday meals as well as Christmas presents, gifts and toys to struggling families. While the number of places to contact for help in the Montgomery County Ohio region is limited, there are still possibilities for low income families.

The main provider of free Christmas gifts in Dayton and other parts of the county is Toys for Tots, and they normally help thousands of households per year. More information on their services are below. Other charities also provide support, such as the Salvation Army and Angel Tree or free Thanksgiving meals. The assistance can include, but is not limited too, Thanksgiving or Christmas meals, gifts for children, and food for senior citizens. There may even be volunteers that visit the homebound during the holidays.

Since the charitable programs are limited, apply early for help at Christmas. Also, if someone is given clothing, boots, toys, gift cards or a food basket from a local charity, these will only be available do to donations of the community. In other words, the charities may not always be able to provide exactly what a kid requests.

Toys for Tots of Montgomery County
Registrations are required from the Family Request Form. Donors, such as churches and people, will provide new, unwrapped toys to the Marine Corps affiliated agency. The goods are then given to children under the age of 13 during Christmas. Almost 20,000 kids get help every year. Register online at

The Salvation Army Community Center at Dayton
There are multiple centers in the county, including at 1000 N Keowee St. Dayton, OH (phone (937) 528-5100). They offer various social services, including Angel Tree free Christmas gifts for children. Presents, clothing, winter coats, games, and other items are given. Adopt a Family offers free meals, presents, and more to the entire household, including senior citizens. There are also Thanksgiving turkey dinners. Find other sites, and locate Montgomery County Ohio Salvation Army centers.




Dial 225-3000 for referrals.
Callers of all income backgrounds can get information on holiday help. Non-profits offer assistance at Easter, Thanksgiving, and of course Christmas.

FLOC - For Love of Children
Dayton, Ohio
Telephone number is (937) 223-3562
Over the years, the charity has grown from helping about 15 families from its Christmas for Kids program to a couple thousand. Case management is combined with free, donated toys, food for low income households in Montgomery County, and other support. The charity is run by volunteers and their Christmas giving tree.

Good Neighbor House
627 East First Street
Dayton, Ohio 45402
Main phone - (937) 224-3003
Families living in poverty can get household goods, hot meals (including at the holidays), free clothing and more. They also bring Christmas cheer to the homeless.

Epiphany Lutheran Church
Location is 6430 Far Hills Ave
Dayton, OH 45459
Phone: (937) 433-1449
The Dayton Ohio church offers year round as well as holiday help. There are free Christmas presents for kids and the elderly, turkey dinners at Thanksgiving and Christmas, holiday parties and more. Single parents, the low income, and unemployed can get free gifts, toys, boxes of groceries, and more at Christmas and Thanksgiving.





Society of Saint Vincent de Paul in Dayton
This is a charity made up on volunteers and donations from the community. There are year round assistance programs as well as seasonal support, including free holiday food baskets (Easter, Thanksgiving, or Christmas) as well as gift cards, free toys, and other items. More on SVDP Dayton assistance programs.

Gospel Mission
64 Burns Avenue
Dayton, Ohio 45402
(937) 223-4513
The Montgomery County charity offers basic goods, such as kitchen supplies, winter boots, coats, and more. The assistance is given year round, including at Christmas. There is also a full meal buffet.

Referral hotline
Anyone in need can dial for free referrals and information, and the number is 211. Learn about emergency financial aid, holiday assistance, Christmas toy giveaway events for children and infants, and more. The service is free, and a number of charities and businesses in Montgomery County Ohio provide Christmas assistance to the needy.

West Carrollton Pantry
6 North Locust Street
West Carrollton, Ohio 45439
Call (937) 847-2274
Only covers families in zip codes of 45439 and 45449. Groceries, including holiday food baskets, may be pass out.

Miamisburg Helping Hands
Food bank and soup kitchen is 224 East Maple Avenue
Miamisburg, Ohio 45342
Phone (937) 866-9323
Most of the free holiday help is groceries. They help the poor at Thanksgiving or Christmas, the low income, elderly and others.

Neighbor to Neighbor
Address is 1921 Woodman Drive
Dayton, OH 45420
They only assist families, seniors, and others in the zip codes of 45419, 45420, 45429 and 45432. Free holiday food baskets, maybe small toys or gift cards and more. Call (937) 252-6705.





Northeast Churches Emergency Center
Food pantry address is 359 Maryland Avenue
Dayton, OH 45404
Dial - (937) 281-1777
Free groceries are passed out. They may be holiday meals, Easter or Christmas baskets, and more. Children may be given, when donations allow, free Christmas stocking stuffers.


By Jon McNamara

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