Free Christmas and holiday assistance in Muscogee County.

Christmas assistance programs in Muscogee County provide families with many different items. There are free Christmas toys, gifts, and presents for a child to put under the tree. Other forms of holiday support in the community (including at Thanksgiving) range from meals to holiday food boxes.

The application period will start in the fall. An entire household can get food or a meal. Programs also help senior citizens, the homebound, and lonely. However when it comes to say free Christmas gifts, this form of support is only for children under a certain age, which will typically be 14. The presents in Muscogee County for kids may be clothes, toys, games, shoes, and other items.

The main agencies to try for holiday help are below. Be sure to register early for any holiday programs.

Valley Rescue Mission, Inc.
Main address is 2903 2nd Ave.
Columbus, GA 31904
(706) 322-8267
Low income, working poor, the homeless and those in poverty can get help at the holidays. There are Christmas toys, Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners, and baskets full of holiday food/grocery items.

Salvation Army - Muscogee County Service Unit
Location is Location is 1718 2nd Ave.
Columbus, GA 31902
For an appointment, dial (706) 327-0275
The church, faith based charity runs the Angel Tree program. They also have shelter, financial aid, and more. Toys, free Christmas gifts and more are for kids under the age of 12. Food and budget counseling is also part of their holiday services. Volunteers also visit seniors or people in a nursing home.





Open Door Community House, Inc.
Main address: 2405 2nd Ave.
Columbus, Georgia 31901
Telephone number is (706) 323-5518
Based on donations, there may be Christmas toys for boys and girls, including for single moms and dads. The presents may be shoes, games, toys, clothes, and stocking stuffers too.

St. Luke Outreach
1024 2nd Ave.
Columbus, Georgia 31901
The holiday assistance is mostly clothing, and includes socks, shoes, free toys, books, sweatshirts and more. Santa also makes an appearance at the church during the Christmas and pre-holiday period.

Safe Kids Columbus
616 19th St. Midtown Medical Center West Campus
Columbus, Georgia 31901
(706) 321-6720
They only offer free Holiday Bike Helmets…that is all.

Toys For Tots of Muscogee County
Columbus, Georgia 31906
(706) 320-9010
The U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys For Tots may give out as many as 2 free toys to low income households.

Fort Benning Santa's Castle
Building 1710 PACOM Ave.
Fort Benning, GA 31905
Main phone: (706) 641-2092
Active duty military members, as well as their families (spouses) can get assistance. Christmas toys, clothes, and holiday presents are given for free to those facing a hardship.



By Jon McNamara

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