Nashville holiday and Christmas programs.

Families across the Nashville Tennessee region can receive assistance at the major holidays, including Thanksgiving and Christmas. Some of what may be provided to low income families, and in particular children, includes free gifts, toys, and clothing. Thousands of residents from the counties of Williamson, Davidson, and Rutherford are supported every year.

Many agencies try to ensure that children are able to experience some type of holiday joy, even if their families are struggling. So free toys, gifts, and other presents are offered. Many organizations also focus on helping senior citizens in Davidson County, and they may receive free meals, food, and companionship. The focus of each of these centers is on helping the less fortunate and providing them some type of free or affordable Christmas assistance.

The Samaritan Center
Main address - 9231 Lee Highway
Ooltewah, Tennessee 37363
Phone number - 238-7777
This non-profit helps meet basic needs of the low income and poor. They hold seasonal events, including Christmas, and provide a number of services. Among them include Toy Connection, a used-toy store, as well as a thrift store which may sell gently used holiday gifts, books, games, and more.




Exodus, Inc.
230 4th Ave North; Suite 105
Wells Fargo Bank Plaza
Nashville, TN 37219
(615) 710-0536
Children under the age of 18 and also women that have been abused, the homeless, and others may receive free Christmas assistance. Other support is for those that been in the custody of the state of Tennessee, human trafficking victim, or residents that have been involved in domestic violence. They are also sponsored by the non-profit and can also be given free holiday clothes, supplies and gifts through the Exodus toy drive.

Nashville Baptist Association
420 Main Street
Nashville, TN 37206
(615) 259-3034
They only operate in this zip code. Assistance is for low income families with children ages newborn to teenagers. Clients need to have proof of address, picture ID, Social Security cards, and more. Help is offered on a walk in basis.





Ladies of Charity Welfare Agency, Inc.
Nashville, Tennessee 37203
Dial (615) 327-3453 for an appointment.
Thanksgiving and Christmas baskets may be passed out.

Eighteenth Ave Family Enrichment Center
1811 Osage St
Nashville, Tennessee 37208
Dial (615) 320-1131
Free holiday toys are provided for low income children ages 2 -12 years in 37208 zip code. Toys, clothing, free meals, books, and more may be passed out.

Nashville Rescue Mission
Address is 639 Lafayette Street
Nashville, Tennessee 37203
Telephone - (615) 255-2475
Provides Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas meals for indigent and very low income people who are hungry. Small gifts or toys may be offered to children in addition to the hot meals on Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.

GraceWorks Ministries, Inc.
Location is 104 Southeast Parkway, Suite 100
Franklin, Tennessee 37064
(615) 794-9055
The Christmas Programs are for Williamson County residents only. Gifts and food baskets are offered.

Christmas from the Heart Program
Address is 1400-B West College St.
Murfreesboro, TN 37130
Telephone number is (615) 893-8912
The non-profit charity may have free clothing and toys for children. Most of the aid is for income qualified families in Rutherford County Tennessee. The holiday programs are for the low-income or indigent community residents and is intended to help them celebrate and enjoy the Christmas holidays. Families need to apply in person at the charity for clothing, furniture, Christmas gifts, or even bus tickets for travel. Some applications are accepted on a first come, first served basis.




St Rose of Lima Catholic Church
1601 N Tennessee Blvd
Murfreesboro, TN 37130
(615) 893-1843
The Giving Tree Ministry programs is a confidential ministry established by the parish. The goal of it was to assist families that are financially struggling and they may be able to receive Christmas gifts. Most of the aid is for children 12 and under.

Elders First Adult Day Services Association, New Vision Baptist Church
Address: 1750 N. Thompson Ln
Murfreesboro, TN 37129
Dial the center at (615) 542-4371
Free Thanksgiving and Christmas assistance is offered. Donations and volunteers are always needed, so please contribute if you can. Other programs include Families First and NCOA SCSEP.

Saint Joseph Number One Lodge, Kirkpatrick Center
620 S. 9th Street
Nashville, Tennessee 37206
Main phone - (615) 403-3617

Toys for Tots of Davidson, Rutherford and nearby counties
Donations keep this annual program running. New, unwrapped toys are given to boys and girls under the age of 13 at no cost to them. Families living in poverty, single mothers, and the underemployed may apply.

  • Bethlehem Centers of Nashville - (615) 329-3386
  • First Cumberland Presbyterian Church - Address is 907 E Main Street, Murfreesboro, Tennessee 37130
  • Bedford and Coffee County -  Phone 931-607-6846.
  • St. Lukes Community House - 615-350-7893
  • 2nd Chance 4 Life -  Madison Community Center is at 510 Cumberland Ave., Madison, TN 37115. Main phone 404-647-9870.
  • Putnam County residents - Old county Clerks Office, 29 North Washington Ave, Cookeville, TN 38501. Dial (931) 526-9500.
  • Living Hope Church, 2417 Nolensville Pike, Nashville, Tn 37211. Phone 615-456-3346.





Last Chance Toy Store
61st Avenue United Methodist - 6018 New York Ave
Nashville, TN 37209
(615) 463-0191
Low cost toys are for all Davidson County residents. Games, learning gifts, clothing, and more may be provided for Christmas.

The Salvation Army
1137 West Main St
Murfreesboro, Tennessee 37133
Primary phone - (615) 895-7071
They have locations across Davidson, Williamson, and Rutherford County. Clothing, free toys, gifts, and more is offered from the Angel Tree and other programs.


By Jon McNamara

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