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Free holiday assistance programs for Long Island, Nassau and Suffolk County.

Find where families from Suffolk and Nassau County NY can get free Christmas presents, toys, meals, Thanksgiving turkeys, and more from. There are many free holiday assistance programs available across Long Island. Charities or churches provide free Toys for Tots, meals or gifts from Adopt a Family, Angel Tree and other services across Long Island.

Low-income families, the elderly, single moms and others can a free Christmas gift, meal, food basket, gift cards or toys, shopping sprees as well as Thanksgiving turkey dinners. Most of the goods are offered to children from the community, with a secondary focus being on assisting senior citizens. There is also the regional Toys for Tots Christmas gift program for children and teenagers as well as Angel Tree programs on Long Island.

Many low-to moderate income families struggle to provide for their families at Christmas or Thanksgiving. Charities, churches, and non-profits would like residents from Long Island to have some type of holiday joy, so they try to provide assistance. The programs also rely on volunteers and donations, so please contribute if you can. Qualified families can receive free gifts, clothes, clothing, hot meals and much more. Other aid may be offered from referrals. There are several other resources in which the Salvation Army helps at Christmas, including Angel Tree.

Patchogue-Medford Youth And Community Services, Inc.
390 Bay Avenue, Patchogue, New York, 11722. Telephone number is (631)758-4100
Thanksgiving and holiday resources include free toys, food and gifts during the holiday season for low-income and working poor families in the Patchogue Medford School District.

Helping Hands Rescue Mission
Address is 225 Broadway, Huntington Station, NY, 11746. Main number is (631)351-6996
Coordinates holiday meals and community events, including free turkeys at Thanksgiving, meals, toys, and more. During the winter and Christmas seasons, free coats, mittens, sweaters, hats, scarves, socks, blankets, and gloves may be offered to adults and children in need.

 

 

 

Blessed Sacrament Parish Social Ministry
Location is 201 North Central Avenue, Valley Stream, New York, 11580. Call the non-profit at (516)568-1027
Holiday assistance is offered by volunteers. They organize food drives, donate baskets of groceries and gifts, and deliver the items to families in need for the holidays.

Patchogue-Medford Youth And Community Services, Inc.
390 Bay Avenue, Patchogue, NY 11772. Main phone number is (631)758-4100
The non-profit provides food, clothing and free toys during the holiday season for low-income and unemployed families in the Patchogue Medford School District.

St. Thomas More Roman Catholic Church
115 Kings Highway, Hauppauge, New York 11788. (631)234-5551
Holiday baskets and gifts, basic needs, advocacy, and more is offered. There are free Easter, Thanksgiving turkey dinners and Christmas meals for struggling families on Long Island. Children may be given small stocking stufeers or toys.

Our Lady Of Grace Roman Catholic Church
Location is 666 Albin Avenue, West Babylon, NY 11704. Call (631)587-5185

Catholic Charities of Long Island
Address: 90 Cherry Lane, Hicksville, NY 11801-6299. Dial (516)733-7000
Numerous social services are available across Suffolk County, Nassau, and all towns. While emergency financial aid is offered, special holiday programs can offer free home delivered meals to seniors, clothing, toys for children, and other support. There may be free gift certificates, small gifts for kids, games, books, sneakers, Christmas tree decorations and other items.

St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church/Ronkonkoma
Address: 45 Church Street, Ronkonkoma, New York 11779-3300. Call (631)588-8456
Referrals and resource information includes holiday assistance (both Christmas and Thanksgiving), soup kitchens, household items, and other support. Immigrants can get holiday help as well as the unemployed.

 

 

 

 

Council of Churches (LICC)
Location is 230 Hanse Avenue, Freeport, New York 11520. The main number is 516-565-0290

There are dozens of parishes that help the poor, less fortunate, immigrants and elderly among others. Everything from free Easter or Thanksgiving food baskets are offered to winter jackets or boots. There is also heating bill help, free Christmas gifts for kids (books, games, legos, etc.) and many other items. More on Council of Churches in Nassau and Suffolk County.

Regional Toys for Tots programs - This service is run by charities and the USMC. Children under the age of 14 can get new, wrapped Christmas gifts for free. There may be video or educational games, clothes, sporting goods, dolls, books, bicycles and other items. The charity programs collects new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year. These toys are then given as free Christmas gifts to needy children in the Long Island community. The program is run by the United States Marine Corps as well. Apply here. https://garden-city-ny.toysfortots.org/local-coordinator-sites/lco-sites/request-toys.aspx

  • Or another point of contact is Toys for Tots Nassau County, Call 211.
  • Toys For Tots-Suffolk County, Location is 25 Baiting Place Road, Farmingdale, NY, 11735, dial (631)-962-1631

The Salvation Army Long Island
There are several centers across Long Island New York. Provides assistance around each holiday, including Easter, Christmas, and Thanksgiving. Programs operate from food pantries or clothing closets. One of the main Christmas programs is Angel Tree, which offers gifts and presents to the entire family. There are also free Thanksgiving turkey dinners and other holiday help. More on free holiday help Salvation Army Long Island.

Big Brothers Big Sisters
Address is 145 Sycamore Ln, Islandia, NY 11749. Call (631) 273-1469
A limited program known as Holiday for Kids’ Sake is run. Free Christmas gifts are given to a couple hundred qualified kids each year, across Long Island. It is an adopt a family type service.

Never Alone, Never Afraid
Address is Moriches, NY 11955. Phone number is (631) 874-9100
There is a free food pantry and clothing closet on site. There may be free birthday or Christmas toys, holiday food baskets, groceries, turkey dinners and other holiday programs.

Long Island Society of Saint Vincent de Paul
A charity organization that operates in both Suffolk and Nassau County. A number of assistance programs are administered. There are Christmas resources, Meals on Wheels, and Easter/Thanksgiving baskets. Everything from free Christmas presents to low cost thrift stores and financial help is offered. Various parishes help children, provide parents including single moms or gifts free Christmas presents for their kid(s) and other support. More on SVDP Long Island assistance programs.

St. Mark's R. C. Church
Main address is 105 Randall Rd., Shoreham, NY 11786. Dial (631)744-2800
Outreach is offered to Suffolk County residents.

 

 

 

 

 

 

St. John The Baptist Roman Catholic Church
1488 North Country Road, Wading River, New York 11792. Phone - (631)929-4339
The poor, homeless, and struggling can get help during the holidays. Free food or groceries, Christmas toys (games, electronics, matchbox cars, etc.) and more.

St. Ignatius Loyola Parish
Location is 129 Broadway (Rte. 107), Hicksville, New York 11801-4295. Telephone - (516)931-0056

New Life Community Church
380 Lakeland Ave, Sayville, NY 11782. Dial (631) 589-5890
They focus on hunger prevention, but as part of this, free Thanksgiving meals (or turkey dinners) as well as Christmas food baskets are offered. Ham, fruit, desserts and more are for low income, unemployed and struggling families.

Christ Church Parish
Location is 12 Prospect Street, Babylon, New York 11702. Call the Suffolk County non-profit at (631)-661-5757

Several other churches and charities provide free holiday programs. The events and days come and go, and most are focused on residents of the immediate area. Find locations below. There may be Christmas trees or presents, toys for boys and girls from age 0 to 17, clothes, groceries or food for a holiday meal and other support.

  • Colonial Youth and Family Services. They only help residents of the Brookhaven area. Address is 2 Coraci Blvd, Shirley, NY 11967. Dial (631) 281-4461. Several holiday assistance programs are offered. Based on doantions, there may be clothes, winter coats, toys for kids or teenagers, games and more at Christmas.
  • Family Service League provides help in Riverhead to families with kids under the age of 19. Location is 790 Park Avenue, Huntington, New York 11743. Main phone Phone: (631) 427-3700
  • Mastic Family Service League - 1235 Montauk Hwy, Mastic, NY 11950. Phone: (631) 345-0083
  • Gerald J. Ryan Outreach Center - A free food pantry and clothing closet are on site. But the charity also has seasonal and Christmas programs, including presents, food baskets, gifts and more. Location is 1434 Straight Path, Wyandanch, New York, 11798. Phone: (631) 643-7591
  • St James Roman Catholic Church - Our Daily Bread has a free Thanksgiving meal with the toppings. There is also a one day Christmas party/event in which food, hot meals and gifts are passed out by "santa" at 429 Route 25A, Setauket, NY 11733. For information, dial (631) 941-4141

 

By Jon McNamara

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